All on Four Dental Implants Chapel Hill
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All on 4 Dental Implants for Replacing Missing Teeth or Denture Replacement
Every year, almost 50 million Americans experience tooth-loss. Dentures have historically been the best option for individuals in this situation, however there have been recent innovations regarding different types of dental implants. One popular alternative to traditional dentures is All on Four Dental Implants.
All on Four Dental Implant are often suggested for individuals who are missing most of their natural teeth or for those currently wearing dentures who are interested in an upgrade. Unlike traditional dental implants, All on Four requires less implementation time, is generally more affordable, and it offers a more permanent solution.
It is important to be aware that not all patients are viable candidates for this procedure. Patients who have already experienced significant jawbone deterioration, it may be necessary to have a bone graft prior to exploring All On Four. Conversely, patients who are only missing a few teeth would also not benefit from this procedure, as having it performed would require removing additional teeth.
If you would like to learn more about All on Four, or see if you are a potential candidate for this procedure, please read below or contact our staff, who will be happy to answer any of your questions or set up a consultation.
If you would like to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions about our treatment options, please contact our office at (919) 595-1010. We look forward to creating the smile you have always desired a reality for you.
All on 4 Dental Implants Process
The dental implant process will begin with the extraction of a decayed or damaged tooth (if necessary) followed by an x-ray to determine if there is sufficient jawbone to properly hold a dental implant. If there is insufficient jawbone, a dental bone graft may be required. If it is determined that you are a viable candidate, a titanium post will be installed into your jawbone. After this has healed, the replacement teeth will be placed on this post and adhered using dental cement or a screw.
Benefits of All On Four Implants
There are several unique benefits associated with All on Four Implants, compared to other similar procedures, including the following:
- Immediate results and minimally invasive: Treatment involves one surgery and only requires four implants, as opposed to the traditional 8-12
- Faster recovery time: The recovery time for All On Four Implants is much faster than traditional dentures or a full dental implant reconstruction
- No diet restrictions: Because they are secured deep in the jawbone and will not slip out, All on Four Dental Implants do not require any dietary restrictions and will restore your ability to eat the foods you enjoy
- Prevents deterioration: All On Four Implants evenly distribute bite force, which prevents the jawbone from deteriorating
- Affordable: Because the procedure can be completed in one visit, the cost involved is typically less than traditional implants which can require multiple visits
Overdentures refers to any removable dental prosthesis that covers and rests on a natural tooth or dental implant. This type of denture is most commonly used for older patients who have last some but not all their teeth.
Benefits of overdentures include the following:
- The overdenture is removable and not rigid
- The roots left in the upper jaw preserve bone
- Sensory aspect is improved
Implant Supported Dentures
While a conventional denture rests on the gums, an implant-supported denture is an overdenture that is attached to and supported by implants. These types of dentures are used when patients do not have any teeth remaining on their jaw, but still have enough jawbone to support an implant. They are typically made for the lower jaw, but can be placed on the upper jaw as well.
The two primary types of implant supported dentures are bar-retained dentures, which secures the dentures over a bar that follows the jaws curve, and ball-retained denture, wherein each implant has a metal attachment that fits into the sockets of the dentures.
High-Quality Dental Care
At Cornerstone Family Dentistry in Chapel Hill, all our services are performed with the patient in mind. We want you to feel comfortable in the dental chair, confident in our work, and most importantly, we want you to fall in love with your smile again. If you would like to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions about cosmetic procedures that we offer, please contact us at (919) 595-1010.