If you’ve been told that you’re not a candidate for dental implants, that may not be entirely accurate. While it’s true that some people don’t have enough strong, dense bone to support traditional implants, All-on-4® dental implants from Dr. Crowns Now in Neenah, WI may still be a possibility!
About Dental Implants
Modern dental implants have revolutionized the process of replacing missing teeth. A dental implant is a small screw, usually made of titanium, that is inserted through the gum and into the bone where a tooth is missing. The bone fuses to the implant, holding it just as securely as one of your natural tooth roots. In fact, a dental implant serves the same function as a tooth root, transferring the pressure of chewing to bone to help stimulate the bone and keep it healthy.
The other parts of a dental implant are the abutment, which secures to the implant, and the restoration which secures to the abutment. Implant restorations can be a single solid crown (replacement tooth), a dental bridge, or a full arch of dentures. Implant restorations such as dentures absolutely will not slip, slide, or pop out unexpectedly. They’re as close as you can get to your natural teeth.
Implant restorations return 90 percent or more of your original chewing power which is great news if you have traditional dentures. Right now, you’re only getting about 25 percent of your chewing power. That’s why certain foods – like a juicy steak, for instance – require small bites and quite a while to chew thoroughly.
The implants themselves are extremely durable and with care should last for your lifetime. That makes dental implants a great investment in your smile, your ability to chew, and your overall health.
How The All-on-4® Procedure Is Different
Unlike most dental implant procedures, the All-on-4® procedure angles two of the implants rather than inserting them perpendicularly into the bone. Angling the implants allows enough bone to fuse to the implant to comfortably and securely support the pressure of chewing.
All-on-4 dental implants require only 4 implants to support a fixed, full arch of dentures. That compares very favorably to the 5 or even 6 implants that can be required otherwise. You can potentially save a significant amount of time and money.
Are All-on-4® Dental Implants Right For You?
The thickness and strength of the underlying bone is the most important consideration when getting implants, but it’s not the only one. If gum disease is present, it will need to be treated and resolved before you can receive implants. There are several medical conditions that can slow your healing from the implants, and those conditions will need to be allowed for in your treatment planning.
The answer is that there’s no way to know for sure whether All-on-4® dental implants will work for you without a thorough examination and sophisticated imaging. Once we’ve determine that you can have All-on-4 implants, we have a variety of payment options to make your decision easier.
Get started by scheduling a consultation at Crowns Now. Call our Neenah, WI office today at 920-221-7948.