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Individuals with damaged teeth, declining bone strength and tooth loss often struggle to find the right option to improve their dental situation. From dentures to individual implants, there is a range of available technology; the newest solution, All-On-4, though, is the only one designed to work with both a patient’s physical and financial needs for large-scale tooth replacement.

 

Tooth Replacement: Why It Is So Important

Tooth loss can cause more health and lifestyle challenges than are typically recognized or realized, from difficulty eating to infection to declined confidence. Studies found that 45% of individuals who experienced tooth loss had emotional aftereffects.

Additionally, these patients have a higher level of bone density loss in both the part of the bone that supports and holds the teeth as well as the actual jawbone.

 

Individual Implants

To help combat tooth failure and its side effects, individual dental implants were a common option. This method of tooth replacement involves tiny titanium screws inserted into the jawbone to replace the missing tooth’s root. The use of titanium is vital to the success of the implant, as the material has high strength, low density, and is extremely resistant to corrosion. It also possess the ability to fuse and become integrated into the bone.

As soon as the implant is placed, the bridge with the replacement tooth follows. In individual dental implants, a titanium, gold, or porcelain abutment is fixed to the implant, and is shaped like a natural tooth that’s been reduced in size to receive a crown. The crown is the restoration of the tooth, typically made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy. This can then be screwed or cemented to the abutment.

Several surgery appointments may be necessary for individual implants, with the average time for a traditional lower jaw implant lasting about five months, and the upper jaw needing about six months. Newer technology can drop this time down to one visit for some implants.

In traditional full-arch implant surgery, professionals typically place between six and eight implants per arch, requiring extensive time for surgery and healing, and extra costs for materials and visits.

There are many reasons why implants are valuable for good health in individuals who have lost teeth, especially those who are completely toothless. Compared to dentures, which are removable and less secure, implants provide patients with a higher level of security and comfort. Not only are these designed to work with your existing bone and gum structure, but are stronger and more reliable than dentures.

Implants work together with the bone structure to stabilize and stimulate the bone where they are housed, maintaining bone density, dimension and strength. Dentures, on the other hand, can speed up bone loss.

New technology, however, has created an implant system that lowers the time for surgery and recovery, and produces a more cost-effective, efficient and long-term solution to replace teeth.

 

All-On-4

This new, state-of-the-art system provides an implant structure for replacement teeth. When a patient needs to replace many or all of their 28 teeth, individual implants are not cost or time-effective, and can highly complicate the procedure that has been greatly simplified through the All-On-4 system.

In All-On-4, four implants are placed in the jawbone. These are also made of titanium, to allow for full integration of the implant in the bone. Rather than being a direct replacement for the root structure, like the individual tooth implants, the dental professional implementing an All-On-4 implant system strategically places implants at the optimal angle and location to ensure long-term support, both within the bone, and between the connected teeth. The replacement teeth can be made of either zirconia or acrylic teeth.

In a matter of one day, a team consisting of an implant or oral surgeon, dentist and often technician will place the implants in the upper or lower jaw—or both. Using a CT scan to determine the best location for each implant, temporary teeth are set for up to three months to allow the surgery site to completely heal and the implant to fully fuse to the bone. Once the integration is complete, the dentist will replace the temporary teeth with permanent, more durable replacements that perfectly fit the gum tissue, the patient’s completion and facial structure, and are designed to work just like natural teeth.

 

Set Yourself Up for Dental Success

An All-On-4 implant system has a one prime requirement to ensure long-term success. In the first six to eight weeks, or as specified by your dentist, a soft-foods diet will be critical for the integration process to allow the titanium implants to fully fuse to the jawbone. Excess force when chewing crunchy, tough, or sticky foods can cause nearly imperceptible movements that can hinder the healing process and prevent a successful implant.

 

Receive a Free Consultation and “Trial Smile” with Dr. Ginger Price DDS

If you suffer from dental impairment, the All-On-4 treatment can give you a full, functional, natural smile in only one day. Meet with the top cosmetic dentist in Phoenix, Dr. Ginger Price, to confirm you are a candidate for the procedure.

By scheduling a free consultation with Dr. Ginger Price, you receive much more than a medical history check. A consultation with Dr. Price includes:

  • A complimentary, 90-minute appointment
  • A complimentary CT scan, which typically costs upwards of $275
  • A free panorex x-ray, which typically costs upwards of $110
  • Answers to any and all questions regarding the procedure
  • Professional insight and suggestions
  • A thorough review of your medical history
  • “Trial Smile” the free, digital depiction (computerized photos) of what you would look like with the final results of your All-On-4 dental implants

To learn more about the procedure, take a look at this complete guide to All-On-4, or contact Dr. Ginger Price DDS today a free consultation and “Trial Smile” today!

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