All-on-4 : Replace All Top Teeth in a Day

All On 4 Chicago, IL

More and more people are getting All-on-4® to replace missing teeth. This is a popular option for those missing all of their teeth. However, if you have lost teeth, it can be problematic for both your appearance and oral health. For example, you may feel embarrassed by how your teeth look when you smile or have difficulty eating a healthy meal. In addition, you may have thought that only implants or dentures were viable solutions. However, through All-on-4, your dentist can combine these two treatments and effectively restore your smile and the function of your mouth.

Causes of tooth loss

A patient would never need to consider All-on-4 treatment in the right situations. Teeth are meant to last a lifetime. This is because they are made from the strongest substance in the body: mineralized enamel. However, with enough force, a tooth can be damaged, dislodged, or knocked out. This can happen by biting into hard food or an object such as a utensil. In addition, many lose teeth by suffering a hard blow to the face during an accident or while playing sports.

Poor oral hygiene is another cause of tooth loss. When a person does not brush or floss regularly or effectively, teeth can start to deteriorate. Decay and infections can eat away at the enamel layer. Periodontal disease is another cause of tooth loss. Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is a serious gum infection that starts as inflamed gums that cause the gum line to recede. If caught early enough, gum disease is reversible. However, the disease begins to attack the teeth's underlying support structures without treatment. This can lead to bone loss, causing teeth to become loose and fall out.

A dentist can catch these issues early with regular dental checkups when they are easier to treat. However, failing to have regular dental checkups can lead to oral health problems, including damaged teeth, gum disease, and tooth loss.

An explanation of All-on-4

All-on-4 is a denture supported by eight dental implants. This treatment for tooth loss requires the patient to only have four implants on the top jaw and four on the bottom jaw, hence the name All-on-4. It is a good option for people who have lost all their teeth. The dentist places the titanium screw-like posts deep into the jawbone. Attached to the posts will be dentures with natural-looking artificial teeth. Unlike traditional removable dentures, these dentures are permanent.

Benefits of this method

Choosing All-on-4 for tooth replacement makes a lot of sense. They are a popular choice for a number of reasons. Because the denture base does not rest directly on the gums, it is less likely to slip out. As a result, patients do not have to worry about their dentures falling out of place while they are eating or speaking. Also, unlike traditional dentures, All-on-4 are permanent and do not need to be removed for cleaning.

Patients also like this approach because the dentist can place the implants and attach a set of temporary dentures during a single visit in one day. There is no need to wait for several months while the gums heal, as with traditional dental implants. Once the implants have fused with the jawbone, the permanent dentures can replace the temporary ones. Also, instead of needing an implant for each missing tooth, the patient will only need four on each jaw, and the dentures take care of the rest.

Mouth function and smile

The implants fuse effectively with the bone, providing a strong base for the dentures. This allows the patient to have a strong bite force and chew most foods. The artificial teeth look like natural ones in size, shape, and color. Therefore, patients can enjoy a natural-looking smile they can feel confident showing off. The All-on-4 treatment provides a long-lasting solution for replacing teeth. With proper care, the implant posts are meant to last a lifetime. The dentures will need to be replaced at some point. However, these can last as long as 20 years with proper care. 

Enjoy your new smile without as much hassle

It is no secret that getting dental implants can be a challenging, long-term process. It can take up to a year to complete. However, with All-on-4, you can have a new set of teeth in one day. If you take good care of your implants and dentures, you can enjoy the smile you have always wanted for years to come. Talk to our dentist today to see if this treatment makes sense for you or to schedule a consultation.

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