If you or someone you know is missing many of your teeth or has extensive tooth decay, there are a few options available for replacing those teeth. None, however, offer the long-term oral health benefits, strength, durability, and comfort of dental implants, which revolutionized the dental field’s approach to tooth replacement.
Now, the All-on-4 treatment concept has changed everything once again. Here’s why.
With a typical dental implant, the surgeon creates a new tooth root. The root offers a strong, stable, and lasting foundation for biting and chewing. It also prevents bone resorption, which can make the area of the missing tooth look even bigger and cause the person’s face to appear collapsed in that area.
However, traditional dental implants may be problematic for patients who need extensive tooth replacement:
- They require many implants, which increases the time and cost involved.
- Some patients may require bone grafts before they can have dental implants. Again, this is an increase in time and cost.
The All-on-4 treatment concept is for patients who need this type of total tooth replacement for upper and / or lower teeth. It uses a similar dental implant technique but with a different approach.
Rather than using one implant for one tooth, the process uses four-to-five specially placed implants in the lower and / or upper jaw. These implants support an entire set of teeth, and they don’t require bone grafts to work correctly.
Another advantage over traditional implants: the All-on-4 treatment concept is a same-day replacement. On the day of your procedure, our surgeon will remove the existing teeth and place the implants. A few hours after the surgery is complete, the restorative dentist will attach your new teeth.
These teeth are transitional, and you’ll need to return after the implants have grown strong enough (about four-to-five months), but you will walk away from your surgical procedure with replacements that looks and feel like your original teeth.
To learn more about the All-on-4 ® treatment concept—a permanent, screw-retained, same-day replacement for upper and lower teeth—contact Lytle, Tate and Stamper by telephone or email.