Losing teeth or living with painful, unhealthy and diseased teeth can be very difficult for a number of reasons. Not only do missing teeth affect your ability to properly chew and speak, but they can also take a toll on your self-esteem and confidence. People with missing teeth often feel self-conscious about their appearance and sometimes avoid social situations or smiling in public because of this.

Beyond the esthetics of unhealthy, diseased, or missing teeth, the real concern is the serious health issues that having bad teeth can lead to. When you are missing teeth, your remaining healthy teeth can shift, and in extreme cases you may experience bone loss in your jaw. This can further impact your overall well-being as it may affect your ability to eat certain foods and maintain good oral hygiene.

Fortunately, there is a solution that can transform your life and give you back the confidence to smile again: All-on-4 dental implants.

The All-on-4 Dental Implant Solution

All-on-4 dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing missing or unhealthy teeth. The procedure involves surgically inserting four titanium anchors into your jawbone to support an entire arch of new replacement teeth. As such, if you need to replace every tooth in your upper or lower jaw, the All-on-4 implants may be a suitable option for you.

Unlike traditional dentures, which aren’t permanent and are placed on top of the gums, All-on-4 implants are anchored in the jawbone, providing stability and they function similar to natural teeth. When it comes to replacing an entire arch of teeth, All-on-4 dental implants are a better option than traditional dental implants. This is because traditional implants require an implant for each missing tooth, while All-on-4 only requires four implants for an entire arch.

The Procedure

The All-on-4 dental implant procedure involves a number of different steps. First, your dentist will examine your oral health to identify if you’re a good candidate. They will then create a personalized treatment plan for you including 3D X-rays and other imaging tests to determine the best placement for your implants.

Next, the implants will be surgically placed in your jawbone. This is done under local anesthesia with sedation to ensure your comfort, and the procedure only takes a few hours. Patients are able to return home the same day.

After the implants are placed, a temporary set of teeth will be attached to allow for proper healing and osseointegration (the process of bone fusing with the titanium implants).

After approximately six months your jawbone will be fully healed and the implants will be integrated into the bone. Your dentist will replace the temporary set of teeth with a permanent, custom-made set of teeth. These will be carefully crafted to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth, creating a seamless smile.

Benefits of All-on-4 Dental Implants

All-on-4 dental implants are a permanent restoration solution for a healthy, beautiful smile and in addition to improved self confidence, offer many benefits including:

  • Functionality: With All-on-4 dental implants, you can eat with less restrictions and speak confidently, as the implants provide stability and function very natural.
  • Permanent solution: With proper care, All-on-4 dental implants can last you the rest of your life.
  • Natural appearance: The custom-made teeth are designed to blend in seamlessly with your own healthy teeth, giving you a beautiful and natural-looking smile.
  • Improved bone health: By replacing missing and diseased teeth with All-on-4 dental implants, you can help prevent bone loss in your jaw.
  • Enhanced confidence: With a full set of teeth that function naturally, you can feel confident and comfortable in social situations and everyday life.
  • Less invasive: All-on-4 dental implants require fewer implants and a less invasive procedure compared to traditional single tooth dental implants, making it a more comfortable experience for patients.
  • More cost-effective: All-on-4 dental implants can be a more cost-effective option in the long run due to their durability.

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Taking Care of Your All-on-4 Dental Implants

Just like natural teeth, All-on-4 dental implants require proper care and maintenance to ensure their longevity. Here are some tips for taking care of your All-on-4 dental implants:

  • Brush and floss daily: It is important to continue practicing good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly. Since All-on-4 dental implants mimic your natural teeth, food particles can accumulate between and around your implants and cause the same issues as you would have with your real teeth. Bacteria can still settle in and lead to gum disease if not properly removed.
  • Visit your dentist regularly: Regular check-ups and cleanings are essential to maintaining your oral health. Doing so can also help prevent and detect any potential issues early on.

Find Out If All-on-4 Dental Implants Are Right For You

If you have missing or diseased teeth and would like a long-lasting, natural looking solution, All-on-4 dental implants may be the right choice for you to consider. Schedule a consultation by contacting us at Bellevue Dental Care to discuss your options and determine if you are a candidate for this life-changing procedure. Don’t let missing or diseased teeth hold you back any longer – invest in your health and confidence with All-on-4 dental implants.