The loss of teeth is extremely common in adults, especially as they get older.
And while you could simply accept living with dentures that may wobble, or putting up with fitted bridges that put pressure on the teeth they are attached to, there are options that are more long lasting and offer better support.
Unlike dentures and bridges that can wobble, oral implants can restore an entire set of teeth if needed and with the same level of success as implants used to secure a single prosthetic tooth.
Known as the ‘all-on-4,’ this set of oral implants is more suited to those who have lost all of their teeth and are looking for a long term solution that doesn’t involve dental glues.
Eager to learn more about all-on-4? Read on for our guide to these dental implants Melbourne.
What are all-on-4 implants?
With regular oral implants (or endosteal implants) it is usually a single implant that is placed for a single tooth.
With all-on-4 implants, you are fitted with 4 implants (usually 4 in the top jaw and 4 in the bottom jaw if needed), and a bridge or denture is attached to them. Luckily, all-on-4 does not dictate the type of oral implant that is fitted, so this process can be used in relation to regular endosteal, subperiosteal or zygomatic fittings in the upper jaw.
Do they require the same fusing time?
There are many factors that dictate how long it takes for oral implants to fuse, such as your age, health etc.
And when it comes to having these 4 oral implants fitted, if you are in good health and have no underlying health conditions, then you can expect the implants to take the standard 3-6 months to fuse.
However, there has been a trend noted in dental care; many patients who require all-on-4 implants are often older and tend to suffer from weaker jawbones. This can lead to your dental team deciding to perform a bone graft, which can prolong the procedure by up to 3 months.
But, luckily, such additions increase the success of the implants in the long term.
Do they have the same advantages as regular implants?
Yes, they do!
They prevent the rubbing associated with dentures, they prevent bone loss through recession, they improve your oral health and of course, they look exactly like natural teeth whilst enabling the restoration of complete mouth functionality. Perfect!
Do they last as long?
Yes, they do but there are a few things you need to remember to improve their longevity.
You need to take good care of them, brush them twice daily and visit your dentist biannually for dental check-ups. You should also refrain from smoking and drinking excessive quantities of alcohol, as these habits can cause swelling and the recession of the gum line. Left unchecked, this can lead to periodontal disease, which can cause your implants to loosen and fall out.
If you want to learn more about all-on-4 implants, contact your dentist for more information!
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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