No one likes dealing with missing or broken teeth and replacing a whole set is itself a whole set of nightmares. Dentures, the age old way of replacing groups of teeth, have a renowned history of problems: slippage, clumsy speech and difficulty chewing, to name a few. Dental implants, however, operate just like normal teeth and now, with All-on-4 implants, you can have these magnificent tooth replacements fitted in a fraction of the time.
First up, what is a dental implant?
A dental implant is essentially a false tooth anchored to your jaw via a small metal rod. They can be detached, but will not slip or cause problems in the same way that dentures do. They operate just like normal teeth.
What is All-on-4?
Typically, replacing a whole set of teeth would require between six and ten implants to get the job done. With All-on-4 implants, as the name implies, only four implants are needed to replace the set.
What are the plus points of All-on-4 implants?
Well, firstly, the treatment is less invasive than conventional implant surgery and, also unlike conventional implants, there is less of a chance that bone grafting will be required. The design of All-on-4 implants works with existing bone structure and, in the case of areas lacking bone height, special implants can be used to compensate. It is also less time consuming; the new teeth can be fitted on the same day as the implants themselves, meaning you can get back to smiling the day you leave the dentist. There is also a quicker healing time for All-on-4 implants.
How does it work?
As with standard implant surgery, the two front implants are placed at a 90 degree angle. The clever bit, however, is that the two implants at the back are positioned at 45 degree angles! This nifty arrangement provides all the support and anchorage that a good set of implants need.
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