Living with missing teeth is no fun at all. In fact, multiple missing teeth can make life difficult in terms of eating healthily, speaking clearly, and smiling with confidence. Fortunately, if you are missing up to an entire arch of teeth, all-on-4 dental implants are an ideal solution to replace your missing teeth.
What is the all-on-4 system?
While a single dental implant can replace one missing tooth, the all-on-4 system can replace an entire lower or upper arch of teeth. Instead of connecting to a single crown, each dental implant in the all-on-4 system connects to a receptacle on the underside of what is essentially a set of dentures.
By choosing all-on-4 dental implants, you gain a wealth of benefits, both aesthetically and functionally.
1. Immediate results
One of the best features of the all-on-4 system is that you can walk out of the dentist's office with a full set of teeth on the same day that your implants are placed. This is possible because your dentist will first place the dental implants and then a temporary set of false teeth over the implants.
2. An instant smile
The all-on-4 system allows you to walk out of your dentist appointment with a new smile to show off to everybody. Although the temporary dentures won't look as good as the permanent dentures that your dentist will place once healing has taken place, they look better than a row of missing teeth!
Because the all-on-4 system works by connecting four dental implants to a denture, you gain the stability that you otherwise wouldn't have with a standard removable denture. This stability means that you won't ever have to worry about your dentures slipping out at the dinner table or while laughing with friends.
4. Ability to chew comfortably
The ability to chew food allows you to eat a varied diet. But an inability to chew properly means that you might not get the daily intake of nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy. All-on-4 dental implants make chewing food easy so you can eat whatever you want and need. But remember, you will need to stick to soft foods while your implants are still healing.
5. Reduced risk of other dental conditions
Missing teeth cause jawbone deterioration, which affects your appearance in a negative way, causing your face to shrink. In fact, research states that most bone loss occurs during the first six months following the loss of a tooth. And removable dentures can irritate gum tissue and even speed up bone loss if not fitted properly.
With the all-on-4 system in place, you won't lose jawbone density because dental implants actually stimulate bone growth.
6. Simple oral hygiene
Carrying out oral hygiene with multiple missing teeth can be a challenge, as well as painful. And even if you do invest in a removable denture, you'll need to take out your dentures each night to clean your remaining teeth, and then soak your dentures overnight.
The all-on-4 system simplifies the oral hygiene process, giving you the same level of comfort while cleaning as two full rows of natural teeth. This is because you don't have to remove anything to brush your teeth with the all-on-4 system.
7. Natural look
When your mouth fully heals from your dental implant surgery, which can take several months, your dentist will replace your temporary denture with a permanent one. The permanent dentures look and feel natural, much more so than the temporary dentures, because they are designed to fit your mouth. This means your smile will look natural to others too, and boost your confidence as a result.
You need not go through the rigors of trying to keep in a removable denture while speaking or eating. Instead, choose all-on-4 dental implants. With the all-on-4 system, your life will improve in all of the aforementioned ways and more! Contact a local dental clinic, such as Total Freedom Dental Implant Center, to learn more.