A dental implant is a restorative appliance used to replace missing teeth. A metallic structure, such as a post of titanium (similar to a tooth root) is placed into the jawbone underneath the gum line, over which the dentist plants a replacement tooth crown. This process is more effective than bridge implanting because unlike an implant, the bridge will have to be anchored to another tooth. But, the implant would be fixed to the jawbone, making it more firm.
What are All-on-4 implants?
The term All-on-4 stands for ‘all’ teeth supported on ‘four’ implants. It is a surgical and prosthodontic procedure which is applicable for edentulous patients or those with broken or damaged teeth for rehabilitation. Such instances are mostly created by gum diseases or oral trauma. The implants will be placed on the jawbone by the dentist after careful diagnosis. These four implants support the fixed prosthesis which consists of 10 to 14 teeth. In most cases, the entire procedure can be completed in a single visit to the dentist’s office.
Comparison between single-tooth implants and All-on-4
Unlike traditional implants, All-on-4 dental implants are a far more hassle-free and foolproof method of restoring the lost teeth. The former is a procedure that takes up a long period of time. One has to make quite a number of visits to the dentist’s office and requires a prolonged healing time period after the process is completed. Also, sinus augmentation and bone grafting are a major in this method in case there is jawbone deterioration.
But, All-on-4, as a procedure, is nothing of that. It is a low expense process that not only reduces the post-surgical healing period but also has proven to be more successful and efficient in its outcomes. It also inhibits bone atrophy on one hand and allows the placing of prosthetic teeth in a day’s time. Bone grafting would not be necessary in most cases. The result has proven to be permanent with no significant drawbacks.
Why should you get your missing teeth restored?
Teeth are one among the most important body parts. Missing a tooth or two can be quite disadvantageous in many ways. Not only does it tarnish your appearance and impression, but also decreases your confidence and creates frequent issues with biting and chewing food. It also goes on to initiate premature ageing. Without teeth, the jaw tends to shrink and, in turn, the muscles begin to sag. This results in sunken cheeks, making one look older. Missing teeth are also responsible for many medical problems. They promote the process of loosening the remaining teeth from their sockets. Thus, it is important to get them restored as fast as possible. Secondly, it becomes the cause of chronic headaches as unequal pressure would be applied to the teeth and the joints of the jaw (TMJ).
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