What are All-On-4 Dental Implants?
All-On-4 dental implants are a tooth replacement option that allows patients to replace all the teeth on the top arch, all the teeth on the bottom arch, or all the teeth in their mouth on only four dental implants. That’s right, instead of getting one dental implant per tooth (crown), each dental implant will support many crowns.
Your Palmetto Bay dental implant dentist will surgically insert titanium posts into your jawbone. These posts will live in the thickest part of your jawbone and allow you to have teeth that don’t need to be removed and don’t slide around. Your Palmetto Bay implant dentists will examine your jaw to determine how the All-On-4 should be placed, but we’ll place two of the implants at an angle so they can take the bite force of more teeth. The other two dental implants are placed straight and take the bite force of fewer teeth.
On top of your dental implants, we’ll place a permanent, high-quality denture made of advanced ceramics. You’ll never have to worry about taking this denture out as it is permanently attached to your dental implants. Your prosthesis or denture is stain resistant and looks just like natural teeth.
Benefits of All-On-4 Dental Implants
The benefits of all-on-4 dental implants outweigh other tooth replacement options.
Your all-on-4 dental implants are permanent. If you’re a denture wearer and looking into permanent teeth replacement options, all-on-4 is your best choice. You’ll never have to remove your teeth, you won’t experience any speech issues, and your teeth will never move or shift while you eat, speak, or laugh. You can say goodbye to soaking your teeth at night and worrying about your smile shifting.
Replace All Your Teeth
While traditional dental implants are fantastic if you are missing only one or a few teeth, the best option for replacing all your missing teeth is all-on-4 dental implants in Palmetto Bay. You can get a full mouth of teeth on just four dental implants per arch! And you’ll still get all the same benefits as traditional dental implants.
Help Retain Jawbone Density
When you lose your teeth or have lost them and replaced them with dentures, you’ll experience jawbone loss. Your jawbone needs stimulation to repair and replace cells. When you don’t have any tooth roots, your jawbone doesn’t get the stimulation it needs to retain its shape. That means, over time, you’ll lose the shape of your face.
When you replace your missing teeth with dental implants, the implants serve as the tooth root and encourage your body to continue repairing and replacing bone cells; you’ll keep your face shape. All-on-4 dental implants work the same way but use fewer implants. Your implants are placed in the thickest part of your jawbone at an angle, so your jawbone still receives the stimulation it needs to keep the shape of your face.
Make You Look Younger
Speaking of face shape, retaining your jawbone helps you keep the full, youthful shape of your face. Your jawbone and teeth are the forms that hold your skin and muscles in the right position. If you lose that form, you’ll show signs of aging with a sunken-looking face, wrinkles, and a turkey neck. The lower third of your face will start to shrink, and there will be less space between your nose and mouth. All-on-4 dental implants negate this problem and help you retain your youthful glow.
Having a full set of white, straight, and expertly shaped teeth will also help you look younger.
Function Just Like Natural Teeth
Your all-on-4 dental implants function and feel just like natural teeth. They replace the tooth root, so you won’t have any gum sensitivity when eating or sores from dentures pushing on your gums. For denture wearers, this is a big win!
Eat All Your Favorite Foods
You can eat all your favorite crunchy, tough, and sticky foods with all-on-4 dental implants. Feel free to bite into an apple, eat a steak, or partake in a StarBurst! The implants themselves replace the tooth root, so your teeth won’t move around. The high-quality dental prosthesis permanently attached to your implants is durable and transfers the bite force to your implants.
All-on-4 dental implants are very long-lasting. They’ll last the rest of your life as long as you practice good oral hygiene. The dental prosthesis on top of your implants will need to be replaced every 10-15 years but can last longer with proper care.
Easy to Care For
Care for your all-on-4 dental implants just as you would natural teeth. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day and visit your Palmetto Bay implant dentist twice a year or as often as recommended.
Refrain from smoking tobacco products because even though you don’t have natural teeth, you can still get a gum disease-adjacent health issue called peri-implantitis.
All-on-4 dental implants in Palmetto Bay are affordable! Since all your teeth sit on only eight dental implants (four on top and four on bottom), the cost of replacing your teeth is much less. If you are interested in all-on-4 dental implants, check our financing page or call our office for more information at (305) 253-7670.
Replacing Dentures with All-On-4 Dental Implants in Palmetto Bay
In Palmetto Bay, we see a lot of patients with dentures that are looking for a better solution. Dentures can be cumbersome to take care of, and if they weren’t created by a skilled dentist, they can hurt, leave mouth sores, and side around in your mouth. These are not qualities of natural teeth, and you shouldn’t have to deal with them. All-on-4 dental implants are the top choice for Palmetto Bay residents looking to replace their dentures. Your all-on-4 dental implants will transfer the bite force of chewing into your jawbone, so you won’t have to experience sensitive gums while you eat. They’ll also negate any sores from sliding dentures and, in turn, reduce your risk of gum disease. All-on-4 dental implants are easier to take care of, and you don’t have to take them out at night.
If you are tired of dealing with dentures, call (305) 253-7670 or make an appointment online, we promise you’ll be happy with the look, feel, and function of your new all-on-4 dental implants.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
All-on-4 dental implants are an option for most people in Palmetto Bay. However, there are a few qualifications that you’ll have to meet to get all-on-4 dental implants.
- Fit for surgery: The all-on-4 dental implants procedure is surgery, so you’ll have to be healthy and fit to go under anesthesia.
- Non-smoker: Tobacco use is one of the main causes of per-implantitis. It’s a gum disease-like condition that attacks your gums and jawbone. If you use tobacco products in any way, you’ll need to quit to get all-on-4 dental implants.
- Adequate jawbone density: You’ll need to have enough jawbone to hold your new dental implants. With that said, most people have enough jawbone for all-on-4s, even denture wearers, because there are fewer implants when compared to traditional dental implants. However, if we find that you don’t have adequate jawbone density, your Palmetto Bay dental surgeon can perform a bone graft. Our implant dentists are also dental surgeons, so we can do it all right here at our Palmetto Bay dental office.
- Healthy gums: You’ll need to have healthy and healed gums that are free of gum disease. If you have gum disease, we can treat it before we begin the all-on-4 dental implants process. And if we need to extract some teeth, you’ll need to wait for that to heal before we proceed with the all-on-4 dental implants surgery.
All-On-4 Dental Implant Procedure
The all-on-4 dental implant procedure is basically identical to the traditional dental implant procedure. First, we’ll consult with you to learn your smile dreams and goals. During that appointment, we’ll also examine your mouth to discover any signs that may preclude you from getting all-on-4 dental implants. However, most things can be remedied with gum disease treatment or a bone graft.
At your next appointment, we’ll perform any pre-treatments needed. Whether that’s a bone graft, gum disease treatment, or extraction, you’ll need time to let your gums and jaw heal before we proceed.
Next, we’ll place your all-on-4 dental implants during dental implant surgery. The procedure is short, and you’ll be sedated and numbed. Make sure to have someone drive you to and from your appointment on the day of your surgery. We’ll place a temporary set of teeth atop your implants so you can have a full and functioning smile while you heal.
After surgery, you’ll take a few months to heal and then come back into the office for your permanent set of teeth.
And that’s it! Enjoy your beautiful new smile with teeth that function, look, and feel just like natural teeth.
Replace Your Missing Teeth in Palmetto Bay with All-On-4 Dental Implants
Are you ready for a tooth replacement option that acts and looks just like natural teeth? Call (305) 253-7670 or make an appointment online. Our skilled Palmetto Bay implant dentists are here to help you achieve the smile and teeth of your dreams while you relax in our comfortable dental office.