If you have multiple missing teeth and are looking for your first ever tooth replacement solution, or if you already have dentures but are disheartened by the way that they feel or fit or the compromises you have to make while wearing them, you may wish to consider full arch / All-on-4 dental implants.
What are All-on-4 dental implants?
Also known as full arch dental implants, All-on-4 dental implants are a solution that enables you to have an entire arch of missing teeth replaced with high-quality prosthetics that are secured permanently to your jaw using dental implant technology.
How are All-on-4 dental implants different from other solutions?
Dental implant technology has revolutionized the way in which teeth can be replaced. Nowhere is this more noticeable than in full-arch/All-on-4 dental implants. While conventional dentures are secured to your gums using denture adhesive, All-on-4 teeth are mounted onto a mold that is then secured to your jaw using dental implant posts. As their name suggests, just four implant posts are needed to secure the entire arch onto your gums. This significantly reduces the invasiveness associated with the dental implant procedure.
The artificial teeth used in All-on-4 implants are made from a material known as Prettau zirconia. Leading dental implants consider Prettau zirconia to have superior strength and cosmetic qualities over conventional porcelain crowns. Their translucency and the color glazes that can be used more closely resemble natural teeth than any alternatives, and the flesh-colored mold that they are attached to is custom designed specifically for your gums, ensuring a comfortable and natural fit.
What are the benefits of All-on-4 dental implants?
An increasing number of patients are choosing All-on-4 dental implants over alternative solutions and here’s why:
While bridges and dentures are well known for their fragility and requiring regular maintenance, the base material of Prettau zirconia means that All-on-4 dental implants are significantly more resilient. They can withstand stronger biting forces and are less likely to be affected by chips and cracks. This enables you to enjoy the benefits of stronger, more durable prosthetic teeth for much longer.
Undoubtedly, one of the most common grumbles of patients who wear dentures is the unreliability of the adhesives that hold their device in place. This unreliability can cause embarrassing slips and movement when eating, drinking and talking. Meanwhile, All-on-4 implants are secured onto titanium posts that are permanently anchored into your jaw, making them extremely stable. Zirconia is also the closest material to natural teeth, ensuring that your teeth look as realistic as possible.
The slipping and sliding associated with dentures can also make them rub against your gums, causing them to become uncomfortable to wear. Since there is nothing to support the bone in the jaw, it will naturally start to deteriorate, and this too can affect how well your dentures fit and how comfortable they are. In All-on-4 implants, the mold that will hold your prosthetic teeth is extremely comfortable as it is designed specifically for your gums. The placement of the implant posts into your jaw will also help to reinforce bone strength, preventing deterioration that could cause your jaw to change shape.
A speedy restoration
Nobody wants to wait longer than they have to to have their smile transformed. While conventional bridges and dentures require multiple appointments spaced some months apart, All-on-4 implant procedures can be completed in just 48 hours, enabling you to achieve the benefits of a beautiful smile without delay.
A valuable investment in your smile
With the right care at home and professional support from your dentist, All-on-4 dental implants could last you upwards of twenty years, making them a valuable investment in the function and appearance of your teeth.
If you would like more information on full arch/All-on-4 dental implants, or if you would like to make an appointment to see if you are a good candidate for this procedure, please contact our offices in Brigham City, UT today.