A dental implant is the strongest and most natural-looking and function false tooth. It consists of a tiny post that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone. Once it fuses to the jaw bone, an abutment and crown are placed on top. Implants are permanent, unlike dentures, and are intended to last a lifetime when proper dental hygiene is practiced.
All-On-4 implants differ from traditional dental implants by making it possible for multiple teeth to be replaced with just 4 implants. Traditional implants replace individual teeth. With All-On-4 implants, 4 titanium implants are placed along the top of the mouth and 4 are placed on the bottom, which provides an efficient way to replace all or most teeth at once.
All-On-4 implants provide a suitable alternative to dentures for those who need to have all, or most of their teeth replaced. Unlike dentures, these implants prevent bone loss, which can affect facial structure.
Patients who choose to have All-On-4 implants undergo minor surgery to install the implants into the jawbone. Over the next several weeks, the jawbone and implants fuse together. After the jawbone is fully healed, the next step is to have abutments and replacement teeth placed on each implant. These small posts serve as the anchors for replacement teeth.
All-On-4 implants are suitable for patients who have sufficient jawbone to hold the implants securely. If there isn’t enough bone, patients may need bone grafts first. Viable candidates must also have enough healthy gum tissue, and be free of any conditions or diseases that may interfere or slow the healing process.
All-On-4 implants are extremely safe for patients deemed suitable. As with any dental procedure, there is a minimal risk of bleeding, infection, and nerve damage.
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