All-On-4 – Waco, TX
The Most Comprehensive Solution to Major Tooth Loss
The innovative All-on-4 denture tooth replacement method is an available option for those dealing with severe tooth loss. Your Waco team at Dental Station Family Dentistry will partner with a trusted surgical specialist to complete this faster, more comfortable tooth replacement option – the specialist will handle the placement of the implants while we design the ideal prosthetic for your smile goals and preferences. If you’re interested in learning more about All-on-4, call our Waco dental office to schedule a tooth replacement consultation today. We’ll evaluate your smile and help you determine an ideal plan of action.
How Do All-On-4 Implants Work?
All-on-4 is an innovative dental implant denture that uses the naturally denser part of the jawbone at the front to support an entire dental prosthetic. This means patients who would otherwise be unable to receive dental implants may be able to successfully receive an implant denture.
The dental implant placement and restoration process will not change much. Treatment will be performed in two phases. During your initial treatment phase, the four dental implant posts are surgically positioned. Two of the implants are placed vertically to support the front of your denture, and two are placed diagonally to support the back. Once in place, we provide a temporary denture. This removable prosthetic protects your healing implants and partially renews chewing ability as your implants fuse with the supportive structures. After the implants have completely bonded with the gum and jawbone, you’ll return to our office where we’ll place your final, fixed denture.
Am I a Candidate For All-On-4 Implants?
Replacing an entire row of teeth with dental implant dentures used to require patients to have a high level of jawbone density. Unfortunately, most patients who have lost a full row of teeth have also experienced diminished jawbone tissue. That means extra time spent on bone grafts and other preparatory procedures would be necessary to successfully support dental implant posts.
Since All-on-4 is designed to work for patients even when they have diminished bone density, the prerequisites typically necessary to receive treatment are not as important compared to traditional implant dentures. As long as you have reasonable oral and overall health and are committed to maintaining a strict oral care routine, All-on-4 is likely for you!
Benefits of All-On-4 Implants
With proper care, your All-on-4 denture will last for twenty years or longer without need for repair or replacement. In fact, most patients are able to keep their All-on-4 denture for the rest of their lifetime. Additional benefits of All-on-4 treatment include:
- No need to worry about a shifting denture
- The ability to eat all your favorite foods, including tough and crunchy options
- A smile that looks more natural than any other tooth replacement out there
- No need to use denture adhesive or wear metal connectors
- Reduce signs of aging, including facial sagging and hollowing of the cheeks
All-On-4 vs. Traditional Implants
Traditional implant supported dentures require the placement of dental implant posts evenly spaced along the jawbone. The surgical placement of four or more implants across the entire gum line increased the time it takes for patients to make a full recovery, and it can dramatically increase the amount of time it takes for the implants to fuse with the gum and bone tissue. By localizing the entire surgical process, patients are able to heal more quickly, and rather than adding bone grafts to strengthen the jaw, we can make use of the naturally denser portions of the patients’ bone tissue. Simply put, that means patients heal more quickly, have less risk for implant failure, and don’t need invasive bone grafts.