All-On-4 Dental Implants for Independence, Blue Springs & Lee's Summit MO
As we go through life, our teeth inevitably experience damage and decay. No matter how diligently we brush and floss them, some of us will still experience tooth loss.
In isolated cases, the best solution is to insert dental implants
one at a time. However, if issues are widespread, you might need to replace the entire row of teeth using the All on 4 dental implant treatment.
What Are All On 4 Dental Implants?
The purpose of regular dental implants is to mimic the form and function of the original tooth. Dentists
insert a metal post into the jaw bone that acts like the tooth's root and then connect a crown
to it to function as the biting surface.
The great thing about implants is that patients can use them just as they would ordinary teeth. Sometimes, though, the extent of tooth loss is so great that regular implants are impractical. Replacing multiple missing teeth requires numerous procedures and visits to the dental office, all of which takes time, money, and effort.
At Dental Excellence, we provide an alternative for replacing an entire row of teeth called All-on-4 Dental Implants. Instead of replacing every missing tooth with an individual implant, this system connects to the jaw using just four posts, allowing us to restore your smile in a condensed time frame.
The standard process starts by inserting the four implants into the jawbone. We then place an acrylic denture on the gums, holding it in place with a titanium frame. Once in place, the new prosthetic acts like a regular row of teeth and looks great. We design it to complement the shape of your mouth, any existing dentition, and gumline, giving you a stunning, brand new smile.
Who Is A Suitable Candidate For All-On-4 Dental Implants?
According to the CDC, one in five adults over the age of 65 have untreated tooth decay, with 18.6 percent having some kind of tooth loss. Unfortunately, once tooth loss starts, it can be challenging to stop. A missing tooth can make adjacent teeth more susceptible to decay, causing them to fall out too.
All-On-4 dental implants are a radical intervention that stops this cycle in its tracks, but who are good candidates for the procedure?
Patients who dislike dentures. While dentures are a good solution for missing teeth, they have some limitations, including comfort, the tendency to slip, and the fact that you often have to modify your diet to accommodate them. However, the All-On-4 system works just like regular implants, mimicking both the function and form of your natural teeth. In other words, they don't come with any of the worries of dentures.
Patients with extensive tooth loss. Sometimes, replacing all missing teeth with standalone implants is impractical. Patients don’t want to continually return to the dentist’s chair, month after month, for more work. All on 4 offers a superior solution by restoring teeth in a few short sessions.
Patients looking for a rapid solution. Some patients are hesitant about getting implants because of how long it takes to install them and the cost of doing so. All-On-4 gets around this problem by providing patients with fixed, naturally-functioning teeth in a 24 to 48-hour period, restoring smiles practically overnight.
Why Choose All-On-4 Dental Implants?
The majority of dentists believe that tooth implants are the best way to restore missing teeth. They offer a host of advantages, from lasting a long time to allowing you to eat whatever you like. All-On-4 provides the same benefits and more, making it great for patients with extensive tooth loss.
Get Fast Improvements To Your Smile
The process of getting implants takes a long time. First, dentists have to install the post and wait several weeks for it to fuse with the jawbone. Then, the patient has to return to the office for adjustments and the installation of the crown. Meanwhile, the patient has to manage the post and a covering plate, which can be difficult to clean.
All-On-4 doesn’t come with this problem. Sometimes you can get same-day improvements to your smile, with most procedures complete within 48 hours. It’s quick, effective, and utterly transformative.
Eat Whatever You Like
Patients who wear dentures often have to be very careful about what they eat. You can’t just tuck into a steak or eat a piece of rock candy. Instead, you have to prepare meals that accommodate your prosthesis - and that can get annoying.
By contrast, All-On-4 operates in the same way as regular implants, meaning that you can eat whatever you like without worrying about teeth falling out. In many ways, the system is superior to traditional implants because the acrylic row of teeth can withstand multiple failure points. If a post comes out of its socket, your teeth will remain in place long enough for you to visit us to resolve the problem.
Improve The Structure Of Your Face
The human jawbone relies on chewing forces to maintain its strength and size. Unfortunately, when teeth fall out, the amount of exertion the jaw does declines, causing it to weaken and appear more sunken. Even patients with dentures can experience this issue because they can only apply limited force as they chew.
However, with All-On-4, this isn't a risk. Because patients can chew on food as they would if they were using their regular teeth, they can continue to strengthen the jaw, preventing that “sunken in” look.
Easy To Maintain
Finally, All-On-4 dental implants are incredibly easy to maintain. You just brush and floss them as you would your regular teeth. By contrast with dentures, you don’t have to take them out at night or store them in a special hygienic fluid.
Schedule An Appointment With Dental Excellence
If you would like to discuss the possibility of restoring your smile with the All-On-4 dental implants, schedule an appointment with Dental Excellence today. We will assess your teeth and then recommend the appropriate treatment, depending on your needs. Contact us
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