What Are All-On-4 Dental Implants?

If you’re struggling with missing teeth, dental implants are a fantastic solution to restore both the health and the look of your smile.

But if you have extensive tooth loss or dental damage, you might be worried that getting individual implants would be too costly. Luckily, patients with extensive damage have another equally effective solution: all-on-4 dental implants.

Check out this short article to learn how they work.

All-on-4 Implants Explained

Traditional dental implants are made from three elements: metal post, abutment, and dental crown. The metal post gets inserted into the jawbone, and the crown is the part of the implant you can see. The abutment is the connector piece, which also absorbs some of the shock created while chewing.

But patients with extensive damage would need multiple singular implants to restore their smile, which could prove not only costly but would also be a significant surgery. So, they have another, more beneficial option.

All-on-4 dental implants can replace the entire upper or lower arch without needing individual dental implants. Instead, patients will receive just 4 metal posts inserted into their jaw bone, and a full denture attached on top. 

Benefits of All-on-4 Implants

All-on-4 dental implants provide the following perks:

  • Fast restoration: All-on-4 implants can replace the entire arch of teeth with a single procedure;
  • Comfortable prosthetic: The dentures are custom-made and provide high levels of comfort. Moreover, they also look natural and help restore a patient’s confidence;
  • Bone density: Patients can typically get all-on-4 implants even if they’ve experienced some degree of bone loss. Unlike traditional dental implants, the metal posts in all-on-4 restorations are inserted at an angle and may be successful even without a bone graft procedure;
  • Easy maintenance: Caring for all-on-4 implants require daily brushing and some minor lifestyle adjustments like avoiding hard foods and not smoking;
  • Stable restoration: All-on-4 implants are fixed, so you don’t have to worry about them falling out while speaking or chewing your food like many people do with removable dentures;
  • Lifelong restoration: With the right care, your all-on-4 implants can last a lifetime. They help support a healthy jawbone as well as your overall oral health.

Are You a Good Candidate for All-on-4 Dental Implants?

If you’re dealing with extensive tooth loss and dental damage, all-on-4 implants are a great solution to restore your smile.

However, the only way to know for sure if you’re a good candidate is to see Dr. Julia Winter for a short consultation. During it, she will assess your oral health and look over your medical history to establish the best way to give you back a stunning and healthy smile.

Learn more about your smile restoration options by scheduling a visit to Kite & Key Dentistry online.

Have more questions about all-on-4 implants or our other services? Then call us at (484) 240-7741 today!

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