When you are deciding whether you want to replace lost teeth using implants or dentures, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Implants come in a few varieties, including all-on-4 implants. Although implants are more expensive than dentures, they do have a number of benefits.
What are All-on-4 Implants?
A dental implant is essentially a synthetic tooth that is anchored to your jawbone through the use of a metal rod that has been surgically grafted to the bone. The rod acts as the “root” for your new “tooth.”
All-on-4 implants take this concept a step further, replacing a large swathe of teeth by using 4 of the metal rods implanted in your jawbone. An artificial set of teeth—including a pink gum base—is anchored in place by attaching to these 4 rods.
All-on-4 implants look, feel, and perform exactly like your natural teeth. In fact, once you have them correctly attached, nobody but you will know that they are not actually your natural teeth.
Advantages of All-on-4 Implants
There are a number of reasons to consider all-on-4 implants. One major consideration is the preservation of your jawbone. As you may know, once you lose your teeth, your jawbone begins to shrink as the body absorbs it.
Using all-on-4 implants will prevent this issue, which in turn helps keep your face looking full and healthy. You’ll avoid the wrinkles that many denture wearers develop as the bone tissue disappears and the facial muscles begin to sag.
Taking care of all-on-4 implants is easy: you simply care for them the way you care for your natural teeth. Simply brush, floss, and see your dental health professional for regular cleanings.
If you are considering your options to replace lost teeth, contact us about all-on-4 implants. We’re happy to help you explore your choices.