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All on 4 Dental Implants
What is All on 4 Dental Implants ?
Missing teeth can cause numerous problems ranging from the rapid loss of surrounding teeth to diminished self-confidence. Dental implants can be an effective way for those with missing or decayed teeth to permanently restore their dental function, facial appearance and overall oral health. Not only can dental implants enhance the appearance of your smile, but because they actually simulate a tooth root and stimulate the bone and soft tissues beneath the gum line, dental implants actually help restore the strength of your tissues and improve your overall dental health.
For those missing a full arch of teeth, All on 4 dental implants offer a long-lasting, cost-effective alternative to traditional implants.
How All on 4 implants differ from traditional implants:
While both All on 4 and traditional dental implants are effective and long term tooth replacement solutions, All on 4 dental implants are ideal for patients missing all or nearly all of their teeth on the upper or lower jaw or for patients with insufficient jawbone to support traditional implants.
Unlike traditional dental implants, which requires one implant per tooth, All-on-4 dental implants only require four total implants per arch, which are placed at an angle to ensure maximum contact with the gums and jaw. The implants themselves are small titanium screw-like posts that are surgically inserted directly into the jawbone, serving as a foundation for a custom-designed dental restoration or prosthetic teeth.
Because fewer implants are required per arch, All-on-4 implants require less time both during the procedure and during the recovery period.
Who is eligible for All on 4 implants:
All on 4 implants can be a very good option for those missing all or most of their upper or lower teeth.To qualify for All-on-4 implants, however, adequate bone support must be present in the jaw. Those who have been missing teeth or have worn dentures for many years may lack sufficient bone support needed to successfully place the All-on-4 dental implants. If this is the case, additional bone grafting procedures may be required to properly prepare the jaw for dental implant placement.
If you suffer from missing teeth and are seeking a dentist you can trust, contact Center for Dental Restorations in San Diego to speak with our board-certified prosthodontist, Dr. Pamela MacPherson, to see what options are available to you. Upon your initial visit with us, we will take x-rays and examine your teeth and gums, explore and discuss all options available to you, and comprise a comprehensive treatment plan to fit your dental needs.
Simply give us a call at 619-294-9525 to schedule your appointment with us and get started on your treatment plan today.