All on 4 Dental Implants
In Phoenix, Arizona
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Tooth loss is a common issue, affecting a wide range of adults, and becomes even more likely as we age. In the US alone, over 35 million people are missing all of their upper and lower teeth, and restorative treatments from your periodontist can help if you’re one of those affected.
Dr. Trujillo, a respected periodontist in Phoenix, can offer a wide range of restorative treatments to help complete your smile, your bite, and your ability to speak and leave comfortably. One of the most comprehensive restorative treatments available is the procedure of fitting all-on-four dental implants. These four implants are a recent advancement of dental implant technology that means we can replace all of the teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth with only four implants.
All-On-4 Dental Implants Phoenix
All-on-4 is a type of implant, so it’s important to know how implants work before you choose a specific kind. Implants are used to replace teeth, and they involve putting in a tiny titanium screw that is fit into a hole drilled into the jawbone. It acts as the root of the tooth, and fuses with the jawbone over time. The surgery for attaching an implant is relatively simple and, once the implant has fused with the bone, a post is attached to it, onto which a crown or other kind of artificial tooth can be attached to it. As far as it comes to replacing teeth, implants allow for some of the most functionally complete and realistic options.
Prior to All-on-4 dental implants, a single dental implant may have had to be used for each individual missing tooth you wanted to replace. However, this revolutionary treatment means that you only need four well-placed implants on the top or bottom of your mouth, or eight in total if you are missing all of your teeth, to restore your smile. Furthermore, these titanium implants are uniquely superior at fusing to the living bone. So, eventually, the four (or eight) implants will become part of the jawbone, ensuring a stable, long-lasting foundation for your replacement teeth.
Another important reason to consider dental implants is that they also protect your jawbone. Missing teeth can lead to bone loss, which can impact your ability to fit implants in the future, as well as affecting your facial structure and general oral health.
About the All-on-4 Dental Implant Procedure
One of the biggest benefits of this specific kind of implant is that they can all be fit without several repeat visits. Everything is done in two sessions. The first appointment involves extracting any remaining teeth and placing the implants by drilling into the jawbone and fixing the titanium screws in place. After this, it takes roughly four to eight months for the implants to fuse with the bone, and dentures can be provided as a temporary replacement for your teeth in that time.
After the implants have had time to fuse, the implant bridges are affixed to the posts. These artificial teeth are designed to look as natural as possible and to fit the shape of your mouth perfectly.
Benefits of All-on-4 Dental Implants
Besides the fact that All-on-4 dental implants can be all be fit in a minimal number of appointments, and allow you to replace all of your missing, damaged, or decayed teeth at once, they have several benefits well worth considering. Here are just a few reasons to consider all on four dental implants:
- They’re a permanent placement
- Since the implants are fixed in place, you don’t need to worry about the risk of them shifting or slipping around throughout the day like you would with dentures.
- They both look and function perfectly like natural teeth
- They don’t have to be removed for cleaning or at night, you can simply maintain them as you would your natural teeth.
- Implants do not put any pressure on your gums, so they don’t cause irritation or inflammation.
- Implants support your facial muscles and features, preventing your jawbone from shrinking over time.
- Besides restoring your smile and your confidence, implants also support a healthy bite, so you can eat, speak, and live as you would with natural teeth.
If you’re uncertain about which implants might be the best option for you, don’t hesitate to ask us. We’re glad to help you look at the whole range of your options, to compare their benefits and to come up with a totally satisfactory treatment plan based on your individual needs.
Are All-on-4 Dental Implants Right For You?
A consultation with Dr. Trujillo can help you understand how the specific benefits of these implants might apply specifically to you. However, there are some patients who may benefit from this option more than others. This includes patients who:
- Are at risk of failing dentition as a result of gum disease or failing bridgework, who may otherwise have to wear dentures.
- Feel low confidence in their smile due to gaps in their teeth.
- Wear dentures but want a more permanent, stable, and functional alternative.
- Are frustrated by current dentures that move while talking or eating.
- Are worried about the potential of jawbone shrinkage in the future.
Before your implant fitting procedure, we need to carry out an x-ray to make sure that you have enough jawbone to serve as the foundation of the implant. If you do not, jawbone or sinus reconstruction surgery may be able to help you.
Find out more about All-on-4 Dental Implants in Phoenix
If you think that All-on-4 implants may be the right option for you, we’re more than happy to help find out if that’s the case. Get in touch to ask any questions on your mind or to arrange an appointment to see what the best next step for you may be.
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