All-on-4 dental implants are titanium screws which get inserted into the jawbone, and which actually fuse with it over time, to provide a solid anchor for new replacement teeth. The 'four' part of the name comes from the fact that an entire arch of upper or lower teeth can be replaced using just four titanium implants. Once installed, these implants will generally last a lifetime, so they are well worth the investment you make, and you will have fully functional teeth and a great smile afterward. Also, at the dentist's discretion, they may use up to 6 implants, whenever necessary.
There are actually quite a few benefits to having all-on-4 dental implants installed. While it may take several months for the implants to fuse with the jawbone, and for your final set of new teeth to be installed, you will immediately have a temporary set of teeth which can be used in the interim. That means your appearance will be dramatically improved right away, and it will take years off your facial appearance. This procedure preserves the jawbone, and prevents any deterioration of the facial structure because of the missing teeth.
Dental implants will also decrease the number of wrinkles in your face caused by loss of tooth structure and bone. You'll be able to eat anything you want after you have your new set of teeth in, and you won't have to avoid any kinds of foods which are especially chewy or hard in nature. A long-lasting smile is another benefit of having all-on-4 implants installed, and that will give your self-confidence a major boost. One last benefit of the procedure is that it will reduce your disk risk of periodontal disease, and that is crucial for lowering the risk of strokes, heart attacks, and the onset of Alzheimer's disease.
Generally speaking, all-on-4 dental implants are the best available option in modern dentistry for replacing an entire arch of upper or lower teeth. However, there are circumstances where you might be obliged to choose dentures over all-on-4 implants. The cost of all-on-4 implants is significant, but financing plans that feature no interest and low monthly payments are available. Most offices charge more when more implants are recommended, but we charge the same for 4, 5 or 6 implants.
If you have any questions about All-on-4 dental implants, or if you'd like to schedule an initial consultation, contact us at Avalon Commons Dental Care in Orlando, FL or Parkway Dental Care in Kissimmee, FL. At that time, we'll be able to tell you if you're a good candidate for All-on-4 implants, and we can describe exactly what's involved with the procedure, so you won't be left in the dark. If you do choose to undergo the procedure, we guarantee you'll love your new set of teeth!