Hands down, the best option for replacing missing teeth is dental implant insertion. If you’re without a full arch or a complete set of teeth, though, does that mean you’ll need to receive several implants to replace them? At our Wheaton office, the last thing we want is to subject you to an overly invasive process. That’s why we offer All-On-4 implants, which provide an innovative way to replace several teeth without you having to endure a drawn-out process that requires an extensive healing process. If you’re ready to replace your missing teeth in a convenient and effective manner, then contact us to request a visit with Dr. Kathy Lam!
With All-On-4 implants (also referred to as full-arch fixed implant bridges), four to six cylinder-shaped rods are placed. The fixtures, which are fabricated from such materials as acrylic fused to titanium and other metals, are strategically inserted in the denser parts of the jawbone and angled just right to provide the maximum stability and support.
As is the case with traditional implants, All-On-4 fixtures, once inserted, will fuse (called osseointegration) with the underlying bone. This typically takes three to eight months to complete.
In most cases, patients who’ve been without their teeth for a prolonged period of time will have experienced a decrease in jawbone density. In times past, they would have required a bone grafting procedure (transplanting bone material from another part of the body) to be eligible for a dental implant. The involved procedure adds more time to what can already be a lengthy process. In such situations, many patients have just settled for receiving traditional dentures.
With the emergence of All-On-4 implants, there is a possibility that even patients who’ve suffered jawbone loss may still be eligible, given that the procedure requires less bone density for the angled implants to seat properly.
In addition to providing an avenue for people who’ve suffered bone loss to have their teeth replaced, there are other benefits of All-On-4 implants:
The first thing to know about traditional and All-On-4 implants is that while they differ slightly, they both provide the natural stimulation needed to fortify your jawbone and support your teeth.
One of the main differences between the two procedures, though, is that All-On-4 implants require less fixtures to be inserted. This can translate into cost savings and, in some cases, a shorter treatment time.
Ultimately, to determine which type of dental implants in Wheaton will be best suited for your smile restoration, you’ll need to visit our office. Dr. Lam will start by performing a careful examination to ensure you receive the precise care needed to replace your missing teeth in a lasting and attractive manner.