If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, you have plenty of options to consider when it comes to dental treatment. While traditional bridges and dentures are a tried and true option, many people have considered anchoring these appliances with dental implants, which are artificial tooth roots anchored into your jawbone.
The Lake Jackson, TX dentists at Bell Dental would like to compare two implant dentistry options: traditional dental implants and All-on-Four™. During a consultation with Dr. Brian K. Bell or Dr. Justin J. Crocker, you can learn which one is right for you.
Before discussing All-on-Four™, it’s best to consider how traditional dental implants work. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically implanted in the jawbone. After a few months of healing, the dental implant fuses with the jawbone, functioning just like natural tooth roots would.
With traditional dental implants, a single dental crown, a dental bridge, or dentures can be supported. The number of implants needed will vary based on the dental appliance being used.
Compared to removable bridges and dentures, traditional dental implants offer a level of stability that can only be matched by natural tooth roots. Patients can bite, chew, speak, and engage in regular activities without any worry of a denture or bridge falling out.
With the dental implants in place, patients will experience no bone loss or gum recession, both of which are common issues linked to tooth loss. Since the artificial roots fuse with the bone, the tissue supports the implants rather than wasn’t away.
All-on-Four™ is a treatment for extensive tooth loss that allows a full denture to be supported by just four dental implants. The implants are placed in such a way that tension and pressure on the jaw is evenly distributed. Two of the implants are angled in such a way that optimal stability is possible.
The primary benefit of All-on-Four™ is that it can support a full denture with just four dental implants rather than more implants required. This makes it a less invasive option, and much more efficient overall.
In addition, patients who have sufficient bone and gum tissue density can undergo All-on-Four™ and have a temporary denture placed that is full functional. No waiting for fusion of the implants and the jawbone is necessary, making it extremely convenient.
All-on-Four™ is a better option for treating tooth loss when patients have sufficient bone density and require a full denture. The All-on-Four™ process is designed for major tooth loss needs.
Traditional dental implants are typically a better option for people who have experienced less extensive tooth loss. When a single dental crown, bridge, or partial denture is required, a traditional dental implant is a much better option.
During the consultation process, we can assess your situation and let you know which treatment option would be best for you and your needs. The extent of your tooth loss and the current health and density of your jawbone will play important roles in deterring which treatment would be most ideal for you and your needs.
To learn more about All-on-Four™, traditional dental implants, and your may other options for dealing with missing teeth, contact our team of cosmetic and restorative dentists. The team at Bell Dental is here to help you. You can reach us by phone at (281) 306-3218.