If you are missing teeth, chances are you’ve probably considered what you can do to remedy the problem. In your research, you may have come across dental implants. If the lengthy procedure deterred you from pursuing more information, you may be interested in All-on-4® dental implants.
What Are They?
Traditional dental implants require a separate implant for each tooth, a process that is often costly and time-consuming. However, advances in dental technology have made it possible for some patients to get all their teeth onto just four implants on top and four on the bottom of your mouth.
Who Can Get Them?
Several factors determine if you are a good candidate for All-on-4® dental implants. Because the implants work by grouping teeth together, this option is good for people who are missing many or all their teeth. However, for the implants to fuse correctly with the jawbone, other factors must be considered. If you do not have enough bone density in the jaw to hold an implant, you may have to pay for bone grafting surgery before getting implants. For this reason, four implants are best for someone who already has a healthy jawbone. Additionally, your gums should be healthy and you should be in good overall health. Smoking, drinking alcohol or being a diabetic all make it less likely that implants will be successful. Finally, you must be committed to your oral health. Implants require daily brushing and flossing as well as regular dental visits. Implants act just as your natural teeth.
Are They Worth It?
Most patients feel their All-on-4® dental implants were worth it. The process is quicker than traditional implants but has the same benefits. Your implants will last a lifetime if taken care of properly. Our periodontists at NOVA Perio Specialists Periodontics & Dental Implants provide All-on-4® dental implants in a professional and friendly environment. To determine if you are a good candidate, call our office and schedule an appointment.