What options do I have if I am suffering from tooth loss?
Tooth loss is a common dental issue among adults, so it is important to have a stable system in place to help give those patients their smiles back. All-On-Four is a revolutionary new system that allows patients to receive a full bottom or top arch of teeth with as few as four dental implants in our Knoxville, TN, office.
These dental implants have made it possible for patients missing a full arch or a full set of teeth to enjoy the long-term benefits of dental implants. All-On-Four is great for patients who want a more stable and permanent solution than unsecured dentures. The dental implant is able to securely fuse into the jaw bone, causing a stable foundation for your new teeth.
This unique treatment approach can bring back full function without the need for daily maintenance, dietary restriction, and garbled speech that often accompany traditional dentures. Properly fused implants prevent further bone loss.
Benefits of All-On-Four
Patients who receive All-On-Four get the same benefits that other dental implant patients receive. They prevent your jawbone from deteriorating further, giving you a stable restoration. You get back almost full functionality of your teeth and can eat a healthy, balanced diet. The denture restoration also keeps your face looking full, supporting the facial muscles and avoiding the sagging look that occurs when your jawbone is deteriorating.
An All-on-Four denture gives you a full restoration without the hassle of removable dentures. You don’t need to use messy adhesive to keep the denture in your mouth. The restoration also can’t slip or fall out when you’re speaking or eating. You don’t have to worry about feeling embarrassed when something happens in public with your denture. You’re able to be confident when you’re out in public.
Without the adhesive, you don’t have a difficult maintenance routine, either. Removable dentures require special soaks and tools to ensure that all of the adhesive is removed and they’re properly clean. With All-on-Four, there’s no extra maintenance needed. You just have to brush the restoration and take care of it like you would your normal teeth. Use a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to ensure the restoration doesn’t get scratched or damaged.
All-On-Four efficiently replaces your missing teeth. Patients who have diminished bone structure can also use this solution, even if they aren’t qualified for traditional dental implants. This allows for more patients to become eligible for a procedure that can help restore their smiles and stabilize long-term oral health. Knoxville periodontist Dr. Robert Cain will work with you to restore comfort, functionality, and beauty to your smile.
All-on-Four Secured Dental Bridges and Dentures
It is possible to have the All-On-Four treatment completed in just one visit with proper, thorough treatment planning. If necessary, the dentist removes the appropriate teeth, places dental implants, and gives you a temporary dental bridge. Dr. Cain will use advanced 3-D technology to accurately take an image of your gums, jaw, and teeth.
With 3-D imaging, Dr. Cain can precisely place your dental implants. Once Dr. Cain finds the best placement for the implants, he will carefully place the post strategically in the jaw. The post fuses with the jawbone in order for the new bridge, denture, or crown to be placed.
Once fused, Dr. Cain will work with a local dentist to fabricate and securely place your new dental restoration for a new smile that will give you back your quality of life.
All-on-Four vs. Snap-On Dentures
Patients who have removable or snap-on dentures can possibly suffer from slippage, resulting in a less confident smile. Although snap-on dentures improve the function of the bite, they cannot restore full function. Snap-on dentures are not permanent and are removable. Because of this, they can wear down and lose stability over time.
All-On-Four helps patients get their confidence back by properly securing their dentures or bridges into place. This treatment allows dentures and bridges to securely attach to the jaw bone, providing a stable, functional surface for their dentures or bridges.
Patients can speak, chew, and eat comfortably without worrying about slippage. All-On-Four treatment is a permanent solution for missing teeth.
All-On-Four Implants FAQs
How long do All-On-Four implants last?
There are two main parts of All-On-Four implants to consider when it comes to replacement due to age. The four implant posts last a lifetime. You will not need replacement if they’re not damaged. The denture attachment, however, needs replacement after about 15 years. Most patients do not need replacements.
Are All-On-Four implant dentures removable?
No. This prosthesis may look removable, but it is not meant for the patient to be able to remove it. Your dentist can remove it for a couple of reasons. However, they will not remove it at each and every dental exam. Trying to remove it yourself can cause damage to your gums, jawbone, and the restoration itself.
Can food stick under All-On-Four?
It is very rare for food to stick under your All-On-Four restoration, but it can happen. Sometimes, your gum tissue can change during or right after the fabrication of your All-On-Four restoration. This can create very small areas between the prosthesis and your gums where food can accumulate. Use a Waterpik or similar to routinely clean under your prosthesis.
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In our Knoxville, TN, dentist office we restore and improve natural-looking smiles. If you are looking for an experienced periodontist or implant dentist to help restore your smile, contact us to schedule an appointment by calling (865) 276-7173, or request an appointment online. We are currently welcoming patients from Maryville, TN, that have an interest in learning more about the All-On-Four implant technique.