All-on-4® Treatment Concept
Your teeth perform a crucial role in keeping your jawbone strong. They stimulate the bone, which sends messages to the body that nutrients are needed. Without your teeth, these messages are lost, and your bone starts to weaken. As the bone starts to weaken, it changes shape. Your lips and cheeks sink in, your skin sags, and wrinkles develop. There are many things that happen when you lose your teeth, and most of the consequences are noticeable immediately: difficulty eating, trouble speaking, the appearance of your smile. Tooth loss can age you well beyond your years, but dental implants can put a stop to bone resorption following tooth loss. However, if you have already experienced significant bone loss, the All-on-4® Treatment Concept may be your best solution to restoring your mouth.
What are Dental Implants?Dental implants are one of the best options for replacing missing teeth. They involve a surgical procedure, during which we drill small holes into your jaw and insert titanium rods. As you heal, your jawbone fuses to the implants, a process known as osseointegration. They then become like “roots,” acting as a support network for your new teeth. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, or they can be used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth (taking the place of a denture). For your implants to be stable, you first need to have sufficient bone mass. It used to be that if you had suffered too much bone loss, you were automatically ineligible, and had to choose dentures. Now, you may be able to get a bone graft, or you may be eligible for a procedure such as the All-on-4® Treatment Concept.
The All-on-4 DifferenceThe All-on-4® Treatment Concept is a revolutionary concept that provides individuals once considered ineligible for implants with the chance to enjoy the benefits of a restored mouth. Typically, an implant-supported denture requires six-to-eight implants. If you don’t have enough bone mass to support all of these implants, you risk implant failure. Even one failed implant can compromise the whole structure.
With All-on-4 dental implants, however, your implant supported denture is supported by only four implants. With this concept, it’s not the number of implants that matter so much as their strategic placement. Two implants are inserted vertically at the front of your jawbone, where there is more bone mass. The other two are inserted at a 45-degree angle at the back of your jaw. The angle of the implants provides maximum contact with your jawbone, without risking harm to your sinus cavities. The result is a strong, stable set of replacement teeth.
Benefits of the All-on-4® Treatment ConceptThere are several benefits that come with the All-on-4® Treatment Concept:
If you have been told that you don’t have enough bone mass for dental implants, the All-on-4® Treatment Concept may be for you. Contact Implant & Periodontal Associates NW in Kenmore today at 425.939.0545 to schedule your consultation.