All-on-4® Treatment Concept
Tooth loss a major issue that causes several significant effects. The more teeth you lose, the worse the effects become. Biting and chewing become very difficult, which can then impact your digestion and overall nutrition. Your speech suffers, making it harder to talk with others. Your smile and your confidence deteriorate. Tooth loss also leads to bone loss in the jaw. This not only affects your oral health, but it can have a serious impact on your facial appearance. Bone loss leads to a lack of support for skin, which then causes sagging, sunken features, and wrinkles. Dental implants are a popular treatment for replacing missing teeth, including a full arch of missing teeth. Missing too much bone mass, however, can make dental implant placement difficult. New Heights Dental & Braces provides an alternative for a full arch replacement with
All-on-4: Replacing Missing Teeth With Dental Implants
Dental implants are a modern treatment Wor replacing missing teeth that provide you with an alternative to dentures and bridges. This treatment uses titanium posts that are surgically placed in your jawbone. Your bone then fuses to the posts as you heal from surgery, gradually integrating them into the jaw. As you heal, the posts become strong, stable roots that hold your new teeth securely in place.
The Effects of Bone Loss and Dental Implants
Following tooth loss, you begin to lose bone mass in your jaw. This bone loss is caused by a lack of stimulation. The roots of your real teeth stimulate the jaw, which tells the body to send essential nutrients. When you lose teeth, some of the stimulation is lost. As a result, fewer nutrients are sent. The bone gradually begins to weaken. Dental implants rely on your bone for strength and stability. Without sufficient bone mass, your jaw cannot properly fuse to the posts. In some cases, they may not be able to fuse at all. This can lead to loose implants or even implant failure.
The All-on-4® Treatment Concept
Typically, an entire arch of missing teeth can be replaced using a fixed implant-supported denture. This treatment uses 6 to 8 implant posts to support your new teeth. However, if you have lost too much bone mass, your jaw may not be able to support these implants. Bone loss does not automatically disqualify you from dental implants. In many cases, a bone graft is used to restore missing bone mass. While effective, a bone graft does require additional surgery. All-on-4 dental implants provide you with a way to get dental implants without the need for a bone graft. The All-on-4® Treatment Concept uses only four implant posts, as opposed to the usual 6 to 8. The success is not in the number of posts, but rather their placement. Two posts are placed vertically at the front of the jaw. This area tends to naturally have more bone mass. The other two posts are placed at the back of your jaw. These posts are inserted at a 45-degree angle. This angle maximizes contact with your existing bone mass, increasing the chances for successful integration. In the upper jaw, this angle also helps to avoid the maxillary sinus cavities.
Benefits of All-on-4
The All-on-4 treatment offers all of the same benefits as regular dental implants. They provide superior comfort, they are easy to care for, and they help to protect the integrity of your jawbone. Other benefits specific to All-on-4 include:
If you have previously been told that you are not a candidate for dental implants due to too little bone mass, you may be a candidate for treatment with All-on-4. Call New Heights Dental & Braces today at (210) 625-4599 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
New Heights Dental & Braces
San Antonio, TX 78209
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