Dental implants used to replace a single tooth take some time before a permanent prosthetic can be attached. This is because the recovery phase of treatment requires that bone fuse to the implant before the implant is subjected to the forces of daily oral function. All-on-4 can immediately support a full arch of prosthetic teeth as long as patients eat soft and liquid foods for short period of time after treatment.
Dental Implants and How They Work
Dental implants are a revolutionary way to address tooth loss because they replace lost structure below the surface of the gums. Essentially, dental implants will perform like the roots of teeth once did because bone will fuse to the surfaces of implants. This is possible because dental implants are made of titanium, a metal that is biocompatible with the body.
While dental implants are commonly used to replace a single tooth by holding a crown, multiple dental implants can be used to support full and partial dentures along with bridges. In cases of multiple tooth replacement, implants with smaller diameters are normally used.
Benefits of All-on-4
All-on-4, or Teeth in a Day, offers unique advantages to patients when compared to removable prosthetics. Since these prosthetics are fixed, they will not move during oral function. Many people complain of denture movement and resort to using messy adhesives to hold dentures in place. With All-on-4, adhesives are unnecessary. Since dental implants keep the bone active, patients will not experience bone atrophy as rapidly as those without dental implants.
For more information, call our office today to reserve a Teeth in A Day consultation with our oral surgeons.