All-On-4 dental implants are a fantastic way to get a full smile without having to have dental implants fitted for every missing tooth. If you’re interested in getting that great, bright and white smile much faster than regular dentures or implants deliver, come see us at Stony Brook Dental Group. We can tell you all about All-On-4 dental implants and help you decide among regular dentures, dental implants, or All-On-4 dental implants.
All-On-4 implants give you 70 percent of your original ability to chew. That’s a big improvement over the 20 percent improvement that traditional dentures deliver. Like all dental implants, they prevent loss of bone tissue in your jaw. The four implants on the bottom and upper jaw provide attachment points for abutments and false teeth to be placed. Typically, each tooth would be placed on an implant post of its own, but not so with All-On-4 implants.
All-On-4 implants are placed like all other implants. A titanium post is surgically placed through the gum tissue into the jawbone. An abutment is placed onto the post, and to that abutment, the false tooth is attached. Titanium is bone-friendly and will fuse into the bone just like a natural tooth. The implant becomes an integral part of the jawbone, giving dental implants the most stability of all restorative appliances.
Sometimes it’s a challenge for people with bone loss in their jaw to get dental implants. A sinus lift may add bone mass, but if that’s not feasible, All-On-4 dental implants can securely anchor an upper or lower dental plate. You can have uppers and lowers fitted with only eight posts.
All-On-4’s are made of either an acrylic or porcelain plate. The plate is secured around a titanium frame. Titanium is the metal of choice for the structure due to its strength and durability, as well as remarkable lightness. The dental plate is placed onto abutment fixtures that themselves rest on top of titanium posts set directly into the jawbone.
The All-On-4 implant process is simple. Your dentist will sedate you, then place two titanium posts into the forward aspect of your lower jaw, then two in the back. The process is repeated for your upper jaw.
Rest for at least 24 hours after the procedure. Stick to liquids and soft foods. Be very gentle with your mouth and don’t smoke or use straws.
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