If you have missing teeth, you may have already considered getting dental implants. Dental implants are considered the gold standard in tooth replacement because, unlike dentures, they are a permanent solution that restores full function and aesthetics to the smile. Unfortunately, the traditional method of placing dental implants requires multiple procedures over several months. This isn’t usually a good choice for patients who need their missing teeth replaced quickly. If this describes you, consider looking for a dentist who offers All-on-4 implant dentistry.
Only your dentist can tell you if you’re a good candidate for All-on-4 dental implants. This technique is used for patients who have an entire arch of teeth missing and those who expect to have an entire arch of teeth removed. Instead of placing individual dental implants for each missing tooth, the dentist places just four posts to anchor the full arch of new teeth. Even if you’ve previously been told that you aren’t a good candidate for dental implants because you have insufficient bone mass, you may be able to receive All-on-4 teeth. Like all oral surgeries, it’s important that candidates for this procedure be in good overall health and be non-smokers. Smoking increases the risk of implant failure.
One of the primary benefits of the All-on-4 procedure is that patients can walk out of the office with a full set of new teeth on the same day. As a result, they can enjoy better self-confidence, articulate words clearly, and eat nutritious meals without a problem. This procedure is also more cost-effective than full-set implants that require multiple office visits.
All-on-4 implants use a tilted implant technique. The dentist will place four posts at a 45-degree angle in the jawbone. This optimizes the best use of the remaining jawbone mass, while avoiding inflicting damage on the sinus cavity and nerve canal. The tilted anchor technique also lends itself to greater stability and strength.
Dr. Jeffrey Rabinowitz is a leading provider of same-day dental implant surgery in NYC. Our office also offers sedation dentistry to all of our patients, including those who are undergoing dental surgery. To find out if All-on-4 dental implants could be right for you, call our office at (212) 826-2322 and schedule a consult.