While dental implants are a great solution for one or more missing teeth, what can you do if you’re missing most of your teeth or a full arch of teeth in your smile? At Advanced Family Dentistry, Dr. Taler offers All-on-4 dental implant bridges, a combination of implants and bridges that restores your smile. With a natural look and feel, our patients love their new smiles and the comprehensive care they received here at our Fishers office.
All-on-4 pairs the advantages of dental implants with those of dental bridges, marrying the two devices in a certain way to gain full coverage for the patient. Just as the name suggests, All-on-4 is a bridge that is supported on four to six implant fixtures placed in the jaw. The bridge itself is crafted to look and feel like true teeth, from the gums to the individual teeth. With All-on-4, there’s no struggle to place and cap individual implants; instead, the procedure is completed with one stable device.
The best candidates for All-on-4 are those who are in need of it. This means those who are missing multiple teeth, or a whole arch of teeth, and need to complete their smile again for the improvement of their health. In addition, patients should generally be in good health for surgery, and have a certain volume of jawbone to support the implant bridge.
Even if you do not qualify for All-on-4 right away, we will perform a thorough evaluation to understand what additional treatments may be needed to prepare you to receive the implants. This may include a bone graft, gum graft, hygiene cleaning, and more.
It’s true that dentures have long been the treatment of choice for patients with missing teeth. Removable dentures are constructed from a combination of acrylic and porcelain, and most often are secured using an adhesive paste in the denture. While this solution is relatively cheaper than an All-on-4 implant bridge, it comes with many disadvantages. For example, the denture must be cleaned daily, whether by scrubbing it or by submerging it in a cleaning solution nightly. Also, it’s very easy to get food particles trapped between the gum and the denture, which can irritate the gums or even cause gum infection. While speaking or eating with dentures, a set of ill-fitting dentures can slip off during these social activities.
But with All-on-4, these worries are a thing of the past. All-on-4 implant bridges are secure in the jawbone, supported on four to six implant fixtures. These fixtures trigger osseointegration, which shields the implant from loosening in the jawbone. All-on-4 is incredibly reliable, more so than removable dentures. What’s more, they do not require removal for cleaning and can be cleaned in the same way you would with your natural teeth: just use a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and more.
Does All-on-4 sound like a treatment you need for your missing teeth? Don’t let tooth loss control your confidence; regain that brilliant smile with beautifully crafted All-on-4 implant bridges. If you have any questions about the process for this procedure, we encourage you to speak with Dr. Taler, and learn more about this device that has changed our patients’ lives for the better. Call us today at (317) 849-1223 to set up your appointment.