For individuals who have experienced tooth loss, the closest replica to the natural teeth is a dental implant-supported restoration. Dental implants fuse with the jaw bone, much like a natural tooth root. This provides patients with the ultimate level of security, stability, and durability, all while continuing to provide stimulation to support a healthy jaw.
Unfortunately, when tooth loss is significant, patients may have already experienced substantial jaw bone deterioration, which could make them poor candidates for traditional dental implants. All-on-4 dental implants secure an entire arch of teeth with just four implant posts, so this tends to be a good alternative for patients who are not viable candidates for traditional implants.
Patients wondering if All-on-4 implants are right for them can read on to learn about the key signs you are a good All-on-4 candidate at our Ridgewood, NJ dental practice, Ridgewood Dental Associates.
You Have Lost All or Most of The Teeth in the Upper or Lower Arch
All-on-4 dental implants are specifically designed to support an entire arch of dental restorations. By strategically placing dental implants, we are able to provide sufficient support with just four dental implants, as opposed to the six to eight that are usually placed during traditional implant treatment.
If a patient has lost all of the teeth in the upper or lower arch, or if there are just a few teeth remaining, All-on-4 implants may be the best way to rebuild the smile.
You Have Good Oral Health
All-on-4 dental implant candidates must have good oral health so that the jaw bone can fuse with dental implants and the gum tissues can heal properly. The mouth needs to be free of gum disease or other infections that could interfere with healing.
You Have Experienced Moderate Bone Atrophy
The roots of the teeth stimulate the jaw bone tissues every time a person bites down so that healthy tissues continue to grow. When teeth are lost, the jaw bone lacks that stimulation, and atrophy will occur.
Patients with moderate bone atrophy are not good candidates for traditional dental implants because they will not have enough structure to support the placement of so many implants.
Fortunately, All-on-4 implants are strategically placed to take advantage of remaining tissues. By spacing the implants appropriately and placing the back implants at an angle, we are able to provide All-on-4 implants to many patients who have been told they are poor candidates for traditional dental implants.
You Want Fast Results
Traditional dental implant treatment is effective, but it requires a lot of patience. Treatment is broken down into multiple procedures that are scheduled months apart. It can take at least six to eight months before the smile is restored. With All-on-4 implants, we are able to place temporary restorations the same day that dental implants are placed. This allows patients to walk away with a newly restored smile in just a single day.
If All-on-4 dental implants sound like the right choice for you, contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about this restorative dentistry treatment. You can also call (201) 652-2474 to set up a personal consultation with one of the experienced dentists at Ridgewood Dental Associates to find out if you are an ideal All-on-4 candidate.