The Fantastic All-On-4 For Your Mouth
- March 18, 2016
Besides being well known and highly respected rock bands, these groups all have something else in common. They all have four members.
In that regard, they remind us of one of the most innovative restorative dental treatments we offer at Gentle Dental Care – All-On-4 dental implants.
Anyone who already has or may be considering dentures should stop by our office in Plainville, CT, to talk to our dentist about the benefits of this dental implant procedure.
Losing Your Teeth
It’s an unfortunate fact of life that some people will lose all their teeth or an entire row of teeth during their lifetimes.
In many cases, this is a result of neglecting their oral hygiene. The problem can begin with simply losing one tooth. At the time, he or she may have thought one tooth isn’t a big deal. What could it hurt, losing one tooth?
Without a tooth in that space, this patient would start losing bone density, and the teeth on either side of the space could start to drift.
This disrupts the mutual support that his or her teeth were providing for one another. With time, this patient will have more and have trouble biting and chewing his or her food.
This could cause more teeth to fall out … and more bone loss, followed by more drifting teeth, followed by more bone loss, etc. In less time than you may expect, a single lost tooth can turn into something much worse.
You may feel too embarrassed to smile since you are missing so many teeth, and your diet could change drastically if chewing becomes too difficult.
Replacing Your Teeth
We’ve treated several patients over the years who are missing nearly all their teeth. Many people opt for dentures only to regret their decision later. Dentures, by themselves, are not really a full replacement for real teeth.
If you just want to feel comfortable smiling again, then dentures can do that job.
The drawbacks of dentures start with the fact that they are particularly secure. If you look online, you can find plenty of videos showing people losing their dentures …
… while they are speaking
… while they are eating
… while they are blowing out candles on a birthday cake
If you have dentures, then you know all of these things can and do happen. Either you learn to live with it, or your find some way to manage.
One way to manage it is by not eating foods that are too crunchy, too chewy, too hard, or too sticky.
We prefer to help our patients feel confident about eating those foods again. This is where All-On-4 dental implants are a simple solution.
Four To Grow On
Four legs make your table sturdy and strong.
Four tires keep your car or truck balanced in all types of driving conditions.
And four dental implants provide excellent support and security for your dentures.
If you get All-On-4 implants, we will examine your jaw and determine the best location to strategically place four dental implants.
You can think of dental implants as a kind of prosthetic tooth. Implants replace the roots of your natural teeth. As you heal, the bones regrow around the implants, which makes them even more secure. This is the key to what makes dental implants, like All-On-4, so successful.
With many implants, you may have to wait weeks before we can place your dentures. With All-On-4, we can place your dentures on the same day that you get your implants.
This is possible is because of how All-On-4 implants are placed. The back two implants are inserted into your bone at an angle. This allows us to use longer implants, which can be anchored in a stronger part of your bone.
With time, you’ll find that your bite force is close or equal to what you once had with your natural teeth. You will feel confident both about your smile and about your ability to keep your dentures in place whenever you speak or eat.
And those results will last. All-On-4 implants have success rates between 94.8 and 98 percent after 10 years of use.
If you’d like to know more about All-On-4 or our other dental implant options, make plans to talk to our dentist at our office in Plainville, CT.
To schedule an appointment, call 860-479-2397 or fill out our online form.