All-on-4® Treatment Concept
Your teeth may be small, but they are important. Every day, they perform a wide variety of functions, most of which you most likely spend little to no time thinking about. They enable you to bite and chew food. They control the airflow when you speak. They provide you with a beautiful, eye-catching smile. They are also an integral component in maintaining a healthy jaw.
When you suffer tooth loss, all of these functions are affected. Eating becomes a challenge. Your smile deteriorates. Your jawbone begins to weaken and change shape. Dental implants, a revolutionary development in dental procedures, have quickly become one of the most popular choices for replacing missing teeth. However, for this treatment to be successful, implants require sufficient bone mass. Just because you have lost a significant amount of bone mass does not automatically mean implants are out. At David Thurber, DDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we can help with All-on-4.
The Effects of Bone Loss With Dental Implants
Your teeth play a critical role in maintaining the health and strength of your jawbone. When you chew, the teeth stimulate the bone. This sends a message to the body and triggers it to send the nutrients your jaw needs. With missing teeth, there is less bone stimulation. This gives your body the impression that fewer nutrients are needed. As a result, it sends less, redistributing them elsewhere. Eventually, your jaw begins to grow weak, and the bone deteriorates.
Dental implants offer the unique benefit of stimulating the jawbone just like your natural teeth. This is because the titanium rods used to support your replacement crowns are surgically implanted into the bone, allowing them to imitate this essential function. With the bone stimulated again, the jaw receives its essential nutrients, and the bone stays strong. However, dental implants rely on a process known as osseointegration, or the fusion of the jawbone to the titanium rods. For this to occur, there must be sufficient bone mass remaining in the jaw. Insufficient bone mass can quickly lead to weak, wobbly implants, or even complete implant failure.
The All-on-4® Treatment Concept
When you are missing an entire arch of teeth, your implant-supported denture is typically supported on 6 to 8 dental implants. If the bone is too weak, it will not be able to support the necessary number of implants for successful treatment. The failure of even one implant can compromise the entire restoration.
All-on-4 is designed to provide dental implants for those missing an entire arch of teeth, but have too little bone mass to support a traditional implant supported denture. Instead of 6 to 8 implants, this treatment uses only 4. The success is not in the number of implants but their strategic placement. Two implants are placed vertically at the front of the jaw, where there is naturally more bone mass. The other two implants are placed toward the back of the jaw. These implants are placed one on each side and are implanted at a 45-degree angle. The angle helps to maximize contact between existing bone mass and implant, increasing your chances for implant success.
Why Get All-on-4?
There are numerous benefits to dental implants. For one, they provide you with the same benefits as regular dental implants. They are a strong, stable restoration. They are more comfortable than traditional replacement alternatives like dentures. They are more natural, and easier to care for. They also help to protect the remaining bone mass in your jaw, preventing further bone loss from occurring. Other benefits unique to the All-on-4® Treatment Concept include:
With All-on-4 implants, we can restore an entire arch of missing teeth, despite bone loss, giving you back the functions of your mouth, your smile, and your life. Call David Thurber, DDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery today at 315-457-9999 to schedule your appointment and find out if All-on-4 implants are right for you.