Dental Implants and Fixed Bridges: Options for Replacing Missing TeethMay 1, 2012
Periodontal MaintenanceOctober 9, 2014
An extraordinary procedure has been developed that permits the placement of four dental implants and a fixed bridge in the patient’s mouth in as little as one appointment. All-on-four dental implants are able to replace an entire mouthful of teeth with implants and a non-removable set of new teeth during the application process.
Teeth in One Day
In most cases, no bone grafting, sinus grafting, incisions, or suture placements are needed, and no healing time is required. This procedure using All-on-Four dental implants is called “Teeth in One Day.” Using the same type of technique can replace a single missing tooth.
Why Are All-on-Four Dental Implants Better Than Other Treatments?
For many patients, this procedure could potentially change your life. Patients who benefit from this treatment are those who have lost many of their teeth but use dentures.
It also helps those with teeth so compromised that they have no other option but to remove them.
For the latter group of patients, they are typically forced to choose from several less-than-desirable solutions, including the following:
Removable dentures are widely maligned and can negatively impact the chewing function. It can cause an almost 90% decrease in normal chewing motions.
Numerous Implants and a Fixed Bridge
Getting numerous implants on each arch as well as a fixed bridge is very costly and requires several appointments, months of healing, and sometimes even bone and sinus grafting and restoration.
Denture and Attachments
Although this process is less expensive than all-on-four implants, it is still not an ideal choice, since dentures and attachments aren’t fixed, and patients have to snap the dentures in and out for hygiene. Studies show that patients with dentures connected to implants recover only 50 to 60% of their normal chewing function. This is better than with dentures — but still greatly impaired.
Find Out More About All-on-Four
All-on-Four dental implants are sometimes referred to as “Teeth in One Day”. The technique is a better alternative than those we’ve had in the past. This new technique gives patients 90% of their chewing ability back in a single appointment, with less pain and at a much lower cost than other procedures.