Tooth loss is a major issue that interferes with every aspect of your life. One of the most obvious consequences of tooth loss is the impact it has on your smile. You are also faced with issues such as difficulties biting and chewing as well as trouble speaking. Under the gums, tooth loss impacts the health of your jawbone, causing the bone to weaken and change shape. Dental implants
help to stop this bone loss, preserving the integrity of your jaw. However, if you have lost too much bone mass, the jawbone may not be strong enough to support the necessary implants. Typically, this situation would require a bone graft
. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, we can provide you with a full arch replacement without the need for a bone graft with the All-on-4 treatment concept.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a modern treatment for replacing missing teeth. They provide a unique alternative to traditional bridges
and dentures, giving you a long-term, even permanent solution to tooth loss. Implants involve the use of small titanium posts to provide support for dental restorations. The posts are surgically implanted into your jawbone, where your bone fuses to the posts and stabilizes them within your jaw to hold your new teeth securely in place.
Tooth Loss and Your Jawbone
Your teeth perform many important jobs. One of the lesser known roles of your teeth is the role that they play in the strength of your jawbone. Every time you chew, your tooth roots stimulate your jawbone. This stimulation tells your body to send essential nutrients to the bone and surrounding areas. Following tooth loss, stimulation is lost. When this happens, fewer nutrients are sent. Over time, the bone weakens and loses mass. Dental implant posts replace your missing tooth roots and help to restore stimulation to your jawbone. This aids in stopping and preventing bone loss
in your jaw.
What is the All-on-4 Treatment Concept?
For dental implants to integrate properly, you need to have sufficient bone mass remaining in your jaw. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, whether your upper or lower arch, a full arch restoration typically requires 6 to 8 implant posts. If you are missing too much bone mass, however, the bone may not be able to successfully support these posts. Even if one post fails, the entire restoration can fail. In most cases, insufficient bone mass can be restored with a bone graft
. This, however, requires additional surgery with additional recovery time and extra costs.
We can help to replace a full arch of missing teeth without the need for a bone graft first. This is done with a treatment called All-on-4. With this treatment, your arch of replacement teeth is supported by only four implant posts, instead of 6 to 8. These posts are placed specifically within your jaw to maximize contact between them and your jawbone. Two posts are placed vertically at the front of the mouth, where there is naturally more bone mass present. The other two posts are placed at the back of the jaw, one on each side. These posts are inserted at a 45-degree angle. In addition to maximizing contact, this angle of the upper jaw helps to avoid piercing the sinus cavities.
Benefits of All-on-4
The All-on-4 treatment concept provides you with all of the same incredible benefits that other types of dental implants have to offer. This treatment also has many of its unique benefits, including:
||Requiring less surgery.
||A shorter recovery period.
||Avoiding the need for bone grafting and a sinus lift.
If you have lost an entire arch of teeth
and your jawbone is too weak to support the necessary implants required for a typical full arch restoration, you may be a candidate for the All-on-4 treatment concept. Call Optimum Oral Surgery Group at (856) 437-4432 today to schedule your consultation.