With proper care, your teeth should last a lifetime. However, tooth decay, gum disease, and trauma can lead to tooth loss, starting your search for the best option to replace your missing teeth.
You have plenty of choices, whether you’re missing a single tooth or all of your teeth on your upper or lower jaw, or both. Ideally, your replacement teeth should look and function just like natural teeth.
If you don’t want to mess around with sticky adhesives and removable dentures, we have a solution for you — All-on-4® dental implants.
Here at Pacific Coast Smiles in Santa Maria, California, our talented dentists David Ouellet, DDS, and Christina Tran, DDS, offer All-on-4 dental implants to replace an entire arch of missing teeth.
They also provide individual dental implants if you haven’t lost all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw.
Let’s explore why All-on-4 dental implants are such an impressive prosthetic tooth option.
For many years, dentures were the best solution for lost teeth. However, dentures often lose their shape and become unstable in your mouth, even slipping out of place at inopportune moments. They also require sticky adhesives to stay in place at all.
The All-on-4 system, on the other hand, uses four dental implants in your jawbone to anchor the arch of prosthetic teeth. The implants fuse to your bone tissue, creating a stable foundation for your prosthetic teeth.
We attach abutments to the posts that connect the row of teeth, eliminating the risk of your teeth sliding or slipping out of place.
Healthy bone growth
One of the main risks associated with tooth loss is bone loss in your jaw. The roots of your teeth stimulate cell growth in your jawbone, keeping it strong and healthy.
When you lose teeth, it’s not just your smile that suffers. Your jawbone can also deteriorate, leading to additional tooth loss, and your face can start to look crumpled or caved in.
The posts we use to anchor your All-on-4 arch provide the stimulation your jaw needs to maintain healthy bone growth.
Even if you have a healthy jaw, the process of getting traditional dental implants is time-consuming. You need several appointments over the course of several months. You also need multiple appointments to be fitted with dentures.
With the All-on-4 system, we can replace your upper or lower rows of teeth, or both, with a single procedure.
The process is straightforward. After we confirm that your jaw is strong enough to support the posts, we surgically place the posts in your jaw. Then, we attach the abutments and the arch of teeth. We provide anesthesia, so you sleep comfortably through the procedure.
One of the best perks of choosing All-on-4 implants is that you don’t have to do anything special to take care of them. You brush and floss just like you would with your natural teeth.
While the prosthetics aren’t vulnerable to decay, you still need to have routine dental checkups so we can monitor your overall oral health.
All-on-4 teeth are made from durable, stain-resistant materials. They’re easy to keep clean and they look natural, so you can smile with confidence again.
Call our office or make an appointment online today if you’re missing any of your adult teeth and want to learn more about All-on-4 implants and your other prosthetic teeth options.