Your teeth are an integral component of your mouth. They allow you to bite and chew a wide variety of different foods. They control airflow for effective, proper speech. They provide you with a beautiful, confident smile. The teeth also play a critical role in the health of your jawbone. Tooth loss affects all of these functions. The more teeth you lose, the more significant the effects. Dental implants provide a solution for replacing missing teeth, whether you are missing one or many. Implants can even replace a full arch of missing teeth. However, if you have lost too much bone mass, your jaw may not be able to support the necessary posts for a full arch replacement. Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center can help with the All on four treatment option.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a treatment designed to replace missing teeth. This particular treatment is a modern alternative to bridges and dentures. It is a highly unique treatment that involves the surgical implantation of small titanium posts directly into your jawbone. Your bone fuses to the posts as you heal, a process that stabilizes them in the jaw to provide support for your dental restorations. Implants are a versatile treatment that can be used no matter if you are missing a single tooth or an entire arch.
The Effects of Bone Loss and Dental Implants
For treatment with dental implants to be successful, your bone has to fuse to the posts properly. For this to happen, you need to have sufficient bone mass remaining in your jaw. After you lose teeth, your jaw begins to lose bone mass, which causes the bone to become weak. While dental implants restore the stimulation lost by the roots of your missing teeth, lacking enough bone mass prevents proper osseointegration. If your jawbone is unable to fuse properly, it can result in implants that are loose or complete implant failure.
All on 4 Treatment Option
When you are missing an entire arch of teeth, a full arch replacement, or implant supported denture, can often be used. This treatment uses 6 to 8 implant posts to support your new teeth. However, if you do not have the bone mass to effectively support these posts, your restoration may fail. The failure of even one post can compromise the entire restoration. Rather than being stuck with dentures or having to undergo a bone graft surgery, you may be a candidate for the All on 4 treatment option.
The All on 4 treatment option uses only 4 posts to support your arch of replacement teeth as opposed to the typical 6 to 8. The success of your treatment does not depend on the number of posts. Instead, it depends on their placement. With the All on 4 treatment option, two posts are placed vertically at the front of the jaw. There is typically more bone mass in this area of the jaw. The other two posts are placed at the back of the jaw and are inserted at a 45-degree angle. This angle maximizes contact between the posts and your bone, ensuring proper, effective osseointegration for optimal support.
The Benefits of the All on 4 Treatment Option
The All on 4 treatment option provides all of the same benefits as regular dental implants. It is a long-term solution that provides you with a much more natural appearance. Implants provide greater comfort and are much easier to take care of. Additionally, the posts stimulate your jawbone, which helps to stop and prevent bone loss in your jaw. The All on 4 treatment also has several of its unique benefits, including:
- Less surgery. With only 4 posts needed, fewer incisions and less drilling are required.
- Your recovery period is shorter.
- You do not need additional surgery for bone grafting or a sinus lift.
- Lower cost. Fewer posts, less surgery, and no need for grafting helps to greatly reduce your overall cost of treatment.
With the All on 4 treatment option, we can provide you with a way to enjoy the benefits without the need for a bone graft first. Call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center at (570) 323-1900 to schedule your consultation and find out if the All on 4 treatment option is right for you.