Missing teeth is a common problem among many adults due to dietary and lifestyle changes. Missing teeth can be a huge problem since they can cause difficulty chewing, biting, speaking, and even hinder you from smiling confidently.
However, there are various techniques available to replace missing teeth. At Dental Partners of Brookline, we offer both All-on-4 Dental Implants treatment and traditional dental implants. Both implants are different and vary when it comes to cost. If you have missing teeth, book an appointment with our dentist in Brookline to determine the best teeth replacement option.
Traditional implants replace an individual tooth or several teeth. They include single tooth implants implanted directly into the jaw, bone grafting to replace jaw bone, and overdentures to replace teeth.
Traditional implants are invasive and take close to a year to be fully completed. They require at least two surgeries to be successful. Also, they involve implanting each tooth individually.
Implants are essential when you have one or several missing teeth since they provide a permanent solution.
All-on-4 dental implants are a modern technique dentists use to replace missing teeth, especially when you have lost most of your teeth. The loss of teeth may be caused by an infection or accident. All-on-4 dental implants can be performed on either the lower or upper arch. This method uses only four implants to replace the whole arc of teeth and thus the iconic name – All-on-4 dental implants.
In instances of tooth loss, dentists recommend All-on-4. When you visit a dental clinic, the dentist or oral surgeon first extracts the remaining teeth, if there are any. Once tooth extraction is successful, the dentist surgically places four implants on your jaw bone. The four implants are strategically placed to firmly hold the whole arc of teeth.
Once the abutments heal, the entire arc-fixed bridge is screwed in place. The implanted abutment bonds with the bone, allowing the occlusion’s pressure to spread and distribute among the four implants. The technique is efficient and very reliable.
When choosing All-on-4 over traditional dental implants, you should ask a professional dentist to help you understand the pros and cons of each technique. Even so, All-on-4 dental implants are recommended for the following reasons:
Choosing All-on-4 and traditional implants depends on various factors such as the number of teeth, location, and bone density. In some cases, traditional implants are ideal, while All-On-4 is the solution in other situations.
For instance, a traditional implant will serve you well if you have a single missing tooth. All-on-4 will help you best if you have missing all the teeth of your upper or lower jaw.