Would you like a more permanent tooth replacement option than dentures can provide? Dr. Gary Machiko, your Pittsburgh, PA dentist, shares information on All-on-4, an innovative option that offers long-lasting results.
What is All-on-4?
If you currently wear dentures or are contemplating getting them, you know they have several drawbacks. Dentures must be relined and replaced periodically to ensure a proper fit. If they fit poorly, they tend to irritate your gums, making chewing painful.
The All-on-4 system uses four dental implants to anchor an upper or lower arch of artificial teeth. If you are replacing both your upper or lower teeth, you'll need a total of eight implants. Because your new implants bond to your jawbone, they provide a strong foundation for your new teeth. Unlike removable dentures, your new teeth will be permanently attached to the implants. With All-on-4 implant-supported dentures, you won't have to worry about slipping or gum pain.
How do I receive All-on-4 implants?
Dental implants require a minor surgical procedure that is performed in your dentist's office. During the procedure, your dentist makes four small holes in your jawbone per arch and places a titanium implant inside each opening. The implants take the place of teeth roots and gradually fuse to your jawbone in a process that takes about four to six months with a set of temporary teeth securely attached to the implants. You'll leave the office with a set of temporary teeth and return for your permanent replacement teeth once your Pittsburgh dentist is satisfied that your implants have fully bonded to your jawbone.
What are the advantages of implant-supported dentures?
In addition to increased comfort, All-on-4 offers several other important benefits, including:
- Strength: Tooth loss can lead to bone loss in your jaw because your tooth roots no longer stimulate the jawbone. Because implants replace roots, they help keep your jawbones strong.
- Easy cleaning: Since your new teeth are permanently attached to your All-on-4 implants, you'll brush them just as you did your natural teeth and floss around the implants.
- Improved ability to bite: Dentures typically reduce your ability to bite into carrots, nuts and other hard foods. With All-on-4, eating is easier because your artificial teeth are supported by your implants.
All-on-4 offers an excellent way to replace your missing teeth. Call Dr. Machiko, your Pittsburgh, PA dentist, at (412) 367-1319 to find out if you are a good candidate.