Tooth loss is something many people associate with getting older; however, according to statistics from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, most adults aged 20-64 have about 80% of their teeth, and 2% of adults in this age range have no teeth at all. The reasons for this vary across different economic, ethnic, and educated demographics, and other factors like smoking and dental habits affect the amount of teeth you keep over time.
Whatever the reason for losing teeth, there are plenty of options available, but if you’ve lost all of your teeth on your upper or lower jaw, you may want to consider all-on-4 dental implants. To understand why, let’s explore dental implants, the types of implants available, and the advantages of getting the all-on-4 implant instead of others.
If you live in Brea, Banning, Corona, or Hemet, California, and are looking for options to replace missing teeth, Dr. Ayed Hawatmeh and his team at the Bravo Dental Group can help you find the right choice.
A dental implant is a method of tooth replacement that bonds to your jaw through a process known as osseointegration and attaches an artificial tooth crown through a piece called an abutment. This dental appliance avoids the pitfalls of other methods, like dentures and bridges, in that they provide stability and longevity and behave like your natural teeth. This method takes longer than most other types of tooth replacement but lasts for years.
Implants may be applied in the jaw (endosteal) or on or above your jaw (subperiosteal), and occur in several ways:
If you need a set of teeth to cover either the upper or lower jaw, all-on-4 implants are ideal.
Unlike dentures or bridges, this implant is bonded to your jaw and provides better stability when chewing and talking with no fear of the appliance falling out. The all-on-4 implant also has other advantages, such as:
Depending on the strength of your gums and jaw, putting on a full set of teeth can take six or more implants to keep things fully stable. The all-on-4 method only uses the four (hence the name), and because of how they’re placed (at an angle as opposed to straight in), they allow you to have a strong bite without as many implants.
This implant process is far quicker than the six or so months typical of this process, making new teeth available as soon as the same day, depending on your needs.
Because you’re not using as many implants in this procedure, you’re cutting overall costs, as each implant can set you back a pretty penny.
Patients with osteoporosis or other bone conditions can get this treatment without worrying about bone grafting or using fillers to help their jaw take the implants. The angle at which the implants get placed makes them more stable without relying on the same density necessary with other implants.
If you’re looking for ways to replace missing teeth without long wait times and at a lower cost, all-on-4 implants are the way to go. If you’re looking for this or other dental appliances, make an appointment with Dr. Hawatmeh and Bravo Dental Group today.