The All-on-4 method uses just four dental implants to secure an entire prosthetic arch and restore beautiful, natural-looking smiles in edentulous patients.
The structure of the dental implants mimics natural teeth, which helps to give this treatment method its lifelike appearance. After the oral surgeon inserts the dental implant in the jaw, it takes on a root-like function as the surrounding bone osseointegrates with it.
The implants then support the denture in the same way that the roots support the crown portions of the teeth. Therefore, not only do patients who choose All-on-4 to get a smile that looks like the real thing, it feels like a natural smile, too.
Additionally, by replicating the roots of the teeth, the dental implants help to stabilize the jawbone and prevent its erosion following tooth loss. This means that your appliance will keep its fit over time, in contrast to a conventional denture, which becomes looser as the shape of the jaw changes.
Of course, the quality of the appliance will influence its appearance. The materials used to make the prosthetic share many optical qualities with biological tooth enamel, so it is certainly possible to achieve a smile with a lifelike look. Work closely with your oral surgeon to be sure that your appliance is designed to meet your desired specifications.
In addition to their good looks, All-on-4 dental implants are quite convenient for patients. This treatment requires minimal adjustments to a patient’s routine, and most foods can continue to be included in the diet.
Aesthetics are often a major concern for patients who must restore a complete smile after losing an arch of teeth. All-on-4 can help patients to get a new smile that can look much like their old one (or even better, if that’s the desired treatment outcome). If you are facing extraction of all of your upper or lower teeth or have already experienced tooth loss, schedule a consultation at our office to get more information on All-on-4 and determine whether it may be a good fit for you.