Dental Implants have become much more cost-effective for replacing missing teeth over the last decade, in part due to a cutting-edge implant treatment called All-on-4. This permanent tooth replacement system is a dental lifeline for people that have experienced significant tooth loss. It uses dental implants in a highly innovative way, making it a stand-out dental procedure in the field of dental implants.
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All-on-4 uses as few as four implants to anchor a full arch of teeth in position, making it a much more affordable treatment compared with single tooth implants. All-on-4 tackles the issue of slipping dentures, securing a fixed set of permanent teeth in place with dental implants. This revolutionary treatment is suitable even for patients with very low jawbone density, as your dentist will identify the exact spots in your mouth where you have optimal jawbone to place the dental implants.
This means that in most cases (except in patients with exceptionally low jaw bone density), you won’t have to commit to having a bone graft to produce healthy bone. So, what are the other advantages of All-on-4 dental implants? Here are a few reasons why our patients love this treatment.
You may have heard All-on-4 referred to as “Teeth in a day”, due to the fact that in a single appointment, you can expect to go away with a temporary prosthesis that looks like natural teeth. This means you won’t have to live without a set of teeth whilst you wait for your permanent set. This makes All-on-4 extremely appealing to patients who are fed up of living with multiple missing natural teeth, which have been holding them back from smiling and enjoying all their favourite foods, particularly tougher food like steaks, bread and crunchy vegetables.
All-on-4 teeth are made to suit you. In fact, they look completely natural. When we create the teeth that will affix to your dental implants, we will take factors like your tooth shade, proportions and gum-to-tooth ratio into account. As your dental implants will support your dentures in the same way real tooth roots support teeth, they will also feel totally natural to smile, chew and talk with and look like natural teeth too.
If you’ve had multiple missing teeth for a while, you’ll know just how challenging simple actions we often take for granted can be (smiling, talking and chewing, to name just a few). However, there are other health-related problems that can arise from living with gaps in your smile. To avoid problems like an increased risk of gum disease, dental infections and teeth moving out of position, consider treatment such as All-on-4 dental implants to protect your oral health.
This benefit is a big one with our patients, who often tell us how liberating it is not to have to think about what they’re eating every time they go out for dinner. With All-on-4 implants, the world will be your oyster when it comes to eating. The days of having half a menu closed off to you because of your missing teeth will be in the past, and you won’t feel self-conscious when you’re trying to chew your food in public around family, friends and colleagues.
The nature of All-on-4 means it’s a conservative treatment when it comes to cost. Rather than replacing each missing tooth with an individual implant, your dentist has the capacity to use just a very small number of implants to achieve this, reducing the overall cost significantly.
Unlike traditional implant-retained dentures, the healing time for All-on-4 starts right away once the surgery has been performed. This reduces the healing time from 8 months to 6 months. The fact that bone grafting isn’t necessary also reduces the overall treatment time, as this would ordinarily take 3 to 6 months.
Dental implant-based treatments are superior for a number of reasons. One such reason is that they simulate the role of real tooth roots. This means that once they’re placed, your jawbone is protected against the risk of resorption, which is when your jawbone shrinks away. With non-dental implant-based treatments, the process of resorption can be quite distressing. It affects the whole of your facial make-up, as once the jaw bone shrinks away, the volume in the cheek area reduces, which can put years on your appearance.
As a dental implant patient, we know you’ll want to choose a treatment with an excellent success rate. With a success rate of over 98%, All-on-4 is an extremely reliable treatment. Amongst the 2% of cases when All-on-4 fails, this is generally down to the patient developing gum disease (or peri-implantitis, which is the implant version of gum disease), due to poor oral hygiene or smoking. As long as you adopt a healthy brushing and flossing routine and refrain from smoking (particularly during the 6 month healing period), there is no reason why your All-on-4 dental implants and teeth can’t last you for the rest of your life.
The All-on-4 dental implant concept involves the use of CBCT scanning technology, which generates precise digital images of your jawbone and mouth. Using these, we can establish a comprehensive analysis of the health of your jaw and exactly where the best placement for your implants will be. The more accurate the placement, the better the long-term outcome, which is why CBCT scanning is so indispensable for any implant-based treatment. Here at Innovadent, we’re constantly looking at home we can use the most sophisticated technology to achieve the best and most reliable outcomes for our patients.
Our dentists have performed All-on-4 treatment many times over, placing dental implants for thousands of patients during their careers. They are continuously learning and training to stay ahead of the new techniques and technology that underpin the All-on-4 treatment model. This forward-thinking approach makes Innovadent your top choice of implant dentist in Canary Wharf. Why not get to know our team a little better by clicking here?
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