Dentures have been around for a while and with good reason—they are an excellent tooth replacement choice if you are missing all of the teeth along either your upper or lower arch. They recreate your attractive smile and they help to support your facial muscles and tissue so you can maintain the natural structure of your face. What could be better? Dentures that are secured to dental implants do offer distinct advantages over those that merely rest on top of your gum ridge. One of the best options is All-on-4 dental implants, which hold dentures in place with only four small posts.
What Are All-on-4 Dental Implants?
Basically, All-on-4 dental implants anchor dentures that remain in your mouth 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You care for them just as you did your natural teeth with twice a day brushing and daily flossing. While your Sunnyvale dentist can remove them if necessary, you will keep them in place even while you sleep; no need to soak and disinfect as with standard dentures. Of course, you’ll need to schedule regular dental checkups so Dr. Philip can assess the condition of your gums and the rest of your mouth.
All-on-4 Dental Implants from Your Sunnyvale Dentist
If you and Dr. George decide that All-on-4 is the right teeth replacement choice for you, then you are only one appointment away from once again having all of your teeth. At your visit, Dr. Philip strategically positions four small titanium posts in your jaw. Normally, a full set of implant-retained dentures would require six to eight posts. However, All-on-4 implants are positioned at a slight angle in order to take advantage of greater bone density in your jaw. In addition, the implants are a bit smaller than traditional implants, so the need for bone grafting is unlikely.
When this surgery is complete, a temporary set of dentures is attached to the newly implanted posts. You’ll never be toothless again! These temporary dentures allow your gums to heal from surgery and give the implants sufficient time to fuse with your jawbone. Like traditional dental implants, All-on-4 implants encourage healthy new bone tissue growth so the bond remains strong and your facial structure remains youthful and solid.
Once the healing process is complete and the implants are secure, you return to your dentist in Sunnyvale. At this time, Dr. Philip will attach your permanent All-on-4 dentures.
Call Your Sunnyvale Dentist Today
If you’re tired of unstable dentures, or if you’ve been dealing with the challenges of tooth loss, schedule a consultation with Dr. Philip to find out if All-on-4 is right for you.