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Trying to figure out if All-on-4® dental implants are right for you? This is one of your choices when you need to replace multiple or all of your teeth. While conventional dentures are another option, they do not offer the benefits that All-on-4 dentures do. The problem with conventional dentures is that they do not always stay exactly where they are supposed to, which can make everyday events like talking and eating troublesome. All-on-4 dentures are held in place using implants, which means they stay exactly where they are supposed to.
All-on-4 vs. traditional implants
That the All-on-4 tooth replacement option only uses four dental implants for denture placement, while traditional implants tend to use somewhere between six and eight dental implants, is often the deciding factor for patients who are searching for permanent dentures. The All-on-4 process requires a dental professional to figure out where the four implants should be placed in order to provide their dentures with maximum support, which often includes placing the implants at specific angles.
The following is a list of frequently asked questions from people wanting more information on the All-on-4 process for replacing teeth.
Is anyone a candidate for All-on-4 dental implants?
Dental patients who are interested in the All-on-4 process must first be approved. Their overall oral health, as well as their overall general health, must be in good shape. They must commit to the entire implant process, which takes many months to complete. They also must commit to taking proper care of their oral health so the implants will last the rest of their lifetime.
Why does the process take so long?
The implant process takes several months to complete because once the implants are placed in the patient's mouth, they must completely fuse to the jawbone before they can be used to support dentures. The fusing process is known as osteointegration and is a very important part of the process, as it allows the implants to become a permanent part of one’s mouth.
Will the end result look natural?
When a patient chooses All-on-4 dental implants, there is a focus on both function and aesthetics. A dental professional specifically designs the dentures so they function exactly as they are supposed to. The dentures are also based on the patient's facial features, their skin tone, their age and even their personality, making for an aesthetically pleasing smile.
Have any additional questions for us?
Now that you understand more about All-on-4 dental implants, have you decided whether this is the right tooth replacement option for you? The more you understand about your options, the higher your chances of choosing one that fits in with your lifestyle. Choosing new dentures is a big decision. If you still are undecided, your next step is making a consultation appointment for individualized information. We can answer any questions you have about All-on-4 dental implants or any other dental procedure.
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