Losing teeth is a serious issue. When you suffer an entire tooth arch loss, eating and speaking become more challenging. Without the ability to chew properly, your digestion and nutrition suffer. The quality of your smile decreases, as does your confidence. Tooth loss also leads to bone loss in your jaw, causing it to become weaker. When it comes to replacing missing teeth, the most popular treatment is dental implants. They can replace a single tooth or an entire arch of teeth. However, for dental implants to be successful, you need to have sufficient bone mass remaining in your jaw. At OHIOSmiles, we can provide an alternative full arch replacement with the All on 4 treatment concept.
What Are Implants?
Dental implants are a treatment designed to replace missing teeth. It is a versatile treatment that can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or even an entire arch of teeth. Dental implants use small titanium posts, which are surgically placed into your jawbone. As you heal, the bone fuses to the posts, a natural process called osseointegration. This process turns the posts into replacement roots that provide support for your dental restorations, holding them securely in place.
Bone Loss And Dental Implants
While dental implants help to protect the integrity of your jaw by restoring the stimulation lost when you lost your teeth, you need to have sufficient bone mass remaining in your jawbone to support them. Once you lose teeth, the bone begins to lose mass, which causes it to become weak. If implants are placed in a bone that is too weak, your bone may not be able to fuse properly to the posts, which can result in loose implants and unstable restorations or even implant failure.
The All-On-4® Treatment Concept
In rare cases, dental implants can be made possible with a bone graft before implant surgery. A bone graft takes bone material from one source and transplants it to the weak areas of your bone. This requires additional surgery and extra healing time. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, you may be a candidate for the All-on-4® Treatment Concept. With this treatment, you can receive a full arch replacement without the need for a bone graft first. This treatment uses only 4 implant posts, rather than the typical 6 to 8, to support your arch of new teeth. The success of this treatment lies in how the posts are placed. Two posts are inserted vertically at the front of your jaw, where there tends to be more bone mass. The other two are placed at the back of the jaw, inserted at 45-degree angles. At this angle, the posts can take full advantage of your existing bone mass, increasing the likelihood for successful treatment.
Benefits Of All-On-4
The All-on-4® Treatment Concept provides all of the same benefits as regular implants. They also have some of their unique benefits as well.
- With only 4 posts needed, you do not need to undergo as much surgery.
- Less surgery means that your recovery time is generally shorter.
- You do not need to undergo a bone graft or sinus lift first.
- No need for a graft, less surgery, and fewer office visits means a more affordable treatment.
If you are missing an entire arch of teeth and have been told that you do not have enough bone mass to support dental implants, you may be a candidate for the All-on-4® Treatment Concept. Call OHIOSmiles at (740) 439-2501 today to schedule your appointment.