You’ve lost your teeth. You may have had gum disease; that alone accounts for 70% of tooth loss. Other causes of tooth loss include severe decay, trauma from an accident, or a secondary result of a disease like diabetes.
Whether you’re missing your upper teeth, your lower teeth, or all of them, you want a replacement option that offers form and function and comes without the hassle and discomfort of removable prosthetics. At Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, our board-certified dentists offer dental implants, and we have the most advanced solution available if you’re missing a full arch of teeth — All-on-4® implants.
Loss of one or more teeth is definitely a cosmetic issue, but it affects your life in other ways, too. You can’t chew certain foods as well, leading to poor nutrition. Without one or more teeth, your jaw starts to lose bone, which causes facial disfiguration.
In addition, your bite can change when you have missing teeth, leading to issues with your jaw joint. Speech can be affected, too.
Dental implants — in which a permanent post is implanted in your jawbone and topped with a prosthetic tooth that functions just like a natural tooth — are the best available replacement options when you’re missing teeth. Here’s a look at the benefits of All-on-4 dental implants for replacing a full set of missing teeth.
Prior to the introduction of implants, dentures and bridges were the only options to replace missing teeth. Because they’re removable, dentures are prone to slip out of place when you’re eating, leading to discomfort and embarrassment. They can rub against your gums and may need to be adjusted often. Cleaning dentures is an unpleasant chore.
All-on-4 implants are a full set of upper or lower teeth anchored to your jawbone with only four implant posts. As you heal from the implant surgery, your bone tissue fuses around the implanted posts for permanent stability. The set of natural-looking replacement teeth that are attached to the posts won’t ever slip out of place the way a full set of dentures can.
Your tooth roots stimulate your jawbone as you chew, and this keeps the bone strong and healthy. Missing teeth cause bone loss in your jaw, which can lead to bite problems as well as unsightly changes to your facial structure. With the All-on-4 dental implants, the posts into your jawbone act just like real tooth roots, so your jawbone continues to renew the bone in the area.
All-on-4 implants are easy to care for. You simply follow good oral hygiene by brushing, flossing, and rinsing daily — just as you would your natural teeth. No special solutions or considerations are required. Your new replacement teeth are made from durable, stain-resistant materials that are easy to keep clean, allowing you to smile with confidence again.
With the All-on-4 system, we can replace your upper, lower, or both rows of teeth in one procedure. It would take a lot longer to get individual implants inserted for each tooth. We take careful scans to ensure the best placement for your All-on-4 implant posts — set at a specific angle to ensure stability and reduce tension on your jawbone.
Don’t worry about discomfort. We use anesthesia so you won’t feel pain during the procedure. Once the implants are in place, we attach your new set of teeth to them, making sure that everything fits securely in your mouth. Then you’re ready to smile!
Call Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry or book an appointment online today to learn whether the All-on-4 dental implant system is the right teeth replacement solution for you.