When you have missing teeth or you wear a removable denture, having new and long-lasting teeth can improve your quality of life and boost self-confidence.
All-on-Four or All-on-Six treatments are state-of-the-art dental techniques where prosthetic teeth are fixed onto four or six titanium implants in one sitting.
This modern approach to dental implants requires less bone structure to support the implants
After an initial consultation and dental assessment by the dentist in Arlington VA – Dr. Rima Kanbaragha, your treatment plan will be created, taking into account the condition of your remaining teeth and bone structure.
You may be required to make several preparation appointments prior to your treatment.
During your teeth in a day treatment, implants are inserted into the jaw which will fuse with the bone over time. An initial fixed denture or bridge is then fitted on the same day.
The final denture or bridge is then custom-made and fitted after a few months.
All-On-4 dental implants combine the best aspects of both dental implants and restorations like dental bridges and dentures. Dental implants prevent bone loss, securely hold the restoration in place, enable you to replace all of the teeth in the mouth with minimal implants, and last for 25 years.
Dentures and dental bridges are often used to replace missing teeth in the mouth. However, dentures accelerate bone loss, move around when you chew or speak, and traditionally dental bridges can only replace a few missing teeth.
By placing a fixed bridge onto a series of implants, we fully restore the function, structure, and aesthetics of a patient’s smile. Unlike traditional implants, patients don’t need to undergo bone grafting, which makes this procedure accessible to more people.
Best of all, this full-mouth restoration of your teeth can be completed in a single visit, saving you time and money on multiple appointments. They are also low maintenance when it comes to cleaning your teeth compared to traditional dentures. You also do not need to remember to take your dentures out at night or to soak them in a denture solution.
The implants themselves can last for a minimum of 25 years to a lifetime. This makes them a long-term tooth replacement that gets you your bang for your buck. However, the bridge that attaches to the implants needs to be replaced about every 10-15 years.
The best way to prolong the lifespan of this prosthesis is to follow the aftercare instructions you receive after getting All-On-4 implants. You should avoid chewing excessively hard, chewy, or crunchy foods. Wear a mouthguard at night if you grind your teeth. Never use your teeth to open packages.
All-On-4 is the best option for patients who are looking to replace an entire arch or both arches of teeth but who are also concerned about bone loss and shifting teeth. Traditional tooth restorations like dentures often move when patients speak or chew, which can be a major inconvenience.
Dental bridges only replace between 1-3 consecutive missing teeth. Neither of these options addresses the serious concern of bone loss which can cause changes to your facial structure and bite. Traditional dental implants are not feasible to replace entire arches of teeth because this would take too long and cost too much.
By combining these two restorative features, you can be a candidate for dental implants even without receiving bone grafts and you don’t need to get a bunch of individual dental implants. The procedure is also great for patients who need a quick fix to major tooth loss and are not good candidates for other treatments like overdentures.