All-on-4 Treatment Concept vs Dentures
At Mor Smiles, our dentists, Dr. Moriarty, Dr. Azizyan, and Mary Chen, care about your smile. We strive to provide each patient with the best dental experience, personalizing your treatment for your own specific dental needs. Among the services we provide, many of our patients seek missing tooth restoration options. We are happy to offer traditional, removable, dentures, as well as permanent All-on-4 dental implants. Both are great restorative choices.
Dentures help replace all or some teeth to prevent further infection while bringing back the ability to eat your favorite foods and your healthy smile. With custom-made dentures and a bit of practice, you will be able to talk, eat, and smile like before. We can help you smile more confidently with a complete set of white even teeth.
Dentures help to permanently fix serious cosmetic and oral health problems. Getting a partial or complete denture set does require several visits that are usually spread across a number of weeks. In your first we will assess your oral health needs and create a customized plan for you.
Next, we will remove your non-essential partial and complete teeth. After removal, we will ensure that your tissue, gums, and whole mouth heal fully. Healing normally occurs within four to six weeks. During this period, we normally offer temporary dentures to allow you to continue talking, eating, and going about your normal daily routine.
After your mouth heals, we will create impressions. Then we will give you another fitting to ensure the molds are as precise as possible. Lastly, we will install the dentures and secure them to look like real teeth.
The All-on-4 Treatment Concept
All-on-4 dental implants are proven to be very successful and have gained immense popularity. Dental implants are metal posts placed in your jawbone to serve as anchors for replacement teeth attachments. A complete arch of teeth can be replaced with the help of this advanced dental technique. Instead of a post for each tooth, the All-on-4 technique uses four posts to anchor your new top or bottom teeth.
Procedure for All-on-4 Dental Implants
Replacing full arches of teeth with the All-on-4 method may require several visits to our office. We will explain each stage of the procedure and answer all of your questions.
First, x-rays of your teeth and jaws will be taken so we have a clear picture of their actual composition. Other history related to your oral health is also taken into consideration.
Next, we will make plans for treatment. After studying the mouth’s images and your health records, we will make suitable plans for your treatment. Thorough discussion will help you mentally plan for the procedure. It will also help you be aware of the healing time between each stage.
If necessary, you may have some teeth removed. Additional time for healing post-extraction may be needed. Additional surgery in the form of sinus lift or bone grafts may be required so the implants can be placed properly.
After your mouth has healed from the tooth extraction or other surgical procedures, your implant surgery will take place. You will first receive anesthesia and sedation, so you remain comfortable during the procedure. Small holes will be drilled in the jawbones in strategic and precise locations. The holes are filled with titanium posts. A healing cap will be placed over each implant. It helps the gums and bones to heal and attach to the implant. It might take three to six months for the overall healing process.
Both dentures and All-on-4 have pros and cons. Contact Mor Smiles today at 223-258-5088 for a consultation appointment to learn about these great tooth restoration options and which one may be best for you.