If you’re thinking of replacing all of your teeth and are undecided about your options, there are some key points to consider. Among them: Do you want your new teeth to look as real as possible? Do you want to be able to eat hard or sticky foods? Is it important that cleaning your prosthetic teeth be as simple as cleaning natural teeth? If the answer to these questions is affirmative, an All-on-4 dental implant is your best bet.
Benefits of implant supported teeth
If you want your replacement teeth to function and look as close to your original teeth as possible, implants are the way to go. Anchored into your jawbone, implants are the longest lasting and most durable tooth replacement option. You will be able to maintain traditional oral care practices — brushing and flossing as usual.
The miraculous All-on-4 dental implant is a fixed-in-place appliance that enables patients to receive an entire arch of teeth anchored by four dental implants surgically inserted into the jawbone. This process ensures that your new teeth will be solid and secure within your mouth after the healing has finished. Patients love being able to eat whatever they want, just the way they did with their natural teeth. In addition to daily care, the All-on-4 is removed by the dentist every few months for a thorough cleaning, just like regular cleaning appointments for your natural teeth.
Prevent bone loss and support facial structure
Dental implants enable the entire stomatognathic system (“stomato” refers to mouth and “gnathic” to the jaws) to function normally. This keeps the joints within the jaw, the facial nerves and supporting muscles active. Replacing missing teeth with a permanent All-on-4 implant helps to keep the lips, cheeks and other facial structures supported and full looking. This procedure maintains mouth function and creates a more youthful appearance in the process.
Traditional dentures can sit uncomfortably on the gums and cause inflammation, while the lack of jawbone stimulation can cause the bone to diminish over time. Implants function like real tooth roots and keep the jawbone stimulated and strong. Plus, the stability is unmatched when comparing dental implants to traditional dentures. Feel more confident eating in public, bellowing at a good joke and screaming your head off on that carnival ride with your children. Enjoy the total security you will receive from opting for an All-on-4 dental implant.
Plan time for healing
You will definitely be feeling fantastic about your new, radiant smile when the implant process is complete. However, it is vital to give yourself adequate healing time so that your implants can stabilize and become one with the surrounding jawbone, a process known as osseointegration. As the surrounding tissues are initially healing for the first six to eight weeks, it is essential to maintain a soft diet. Avoid crunchy chips and popcorn, tough or chewy steak, sticky candy, or hard foods such as raw carrots. Implant failure may occur if you don’t follow your dentist’s post-procedure instructions.
Once your mouth has thoroughly healed, however, you will be able to enjoy all aspects of life the way you once did. Corn on the cob and grilled steak will be back on the menu and a gleaming smile will light up your face.
To learn more about All-on-4 dental implants, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Robert Harrell. Harrell Dental Implant Center is the Charlotte area leader for dental implant procedures of all varieties. Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on this page to make your appointment. During your consultation a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will appear when your implants are in place.