If you’re missing all your teeth, or need to have them removed, then you probably want to know more about the best tooth-replacement option in Mesa, Arizona: All-on-4 dental implants.
There are several tooth replacement choices on the market. All-on-4 dental implant dentures alternatives are the superior choice for full-arch tooth replacement solutions.
What is All-on-4?
An all-on-4 system combines dental implants and hybrid, streamlined dentures to replace your teeth. The procedure involves strategically placing four dental implants within the jaw bone, at specific points in your smile’s arch. Then our Mesa dentist will help design a hybrid, U-shaped appliance 一 that looks like a cross between a denture and a dental bridge 一 with attachments in it that line up with your implants. Posts will then be attached to the implants that extend up to the fixed prosthesis. The bridge will slip over the implants and tightened for a secure fit.
Benefits of All-on-4 Implants
All-on-4 implants are very natural-looking, they won’t restrict your diet, impair your speech, or make you worry about loose and bulky appliances in your mouth. Additionally, your facial muscles will be supported for enhanced fullness, allowing you to enjoy a youthful appearance and boost to your confidence.
All-on-4 implants are more cost effective than getting individual implants in each location. They also provide quicker results with fewer steps involved.
Downside of Traditional Removable Dentures
A traditional denture is an acrylic plate the covers the entire roof of your mouth, or for the lower teeth, floats on the gum line. While some people can wear these appliances with no trouble at all, many Mesa, Arizona patients lack enough bone to hold traditional dentures in place. This means that the plates move when you talk and eat. Also, having bulky acrylic in your mouth can impair your speech, and it covers many tastebuds making your favorite foods less enjoyable.
All-on-4 is permanently fixed into place and takes up less space.
All-on-4 vs. Overdentures
An overdenture, or snap-on denture, is similar to a conventional denture except it simply snaps in place over a pair or set of dental implants.
Overdentures are a very successful treatment for most, however, some patients with very strong tongues and facial muscles will be able to pop their dentures out without even trying. Overdentures need to be removed each night and every few months the washers that hold them in place may need to be changed out. Whereas All-on-4 is not removable, so there are no extra steps to worry about.
Caring For An All-on-4 Implant Denture
Just because your teeth are being replaced with dental implants doesn’t mean that you don’t need to take care of them. All-on-4 implants are a long-term investment, so you’ll want to do everything you can to ensure that they stay in tip-top shape.
Technically, the “bridge” can be removed, however, it can only be done by an implant dentist. In fact, we recommend that you visit us at least twice per year for a cleaning and maintenance. We will check your appliance to make sure it’s in good condition and we’ll thoroughly clean it, along with your implants.
When you’re at home, be sure to brush the appliance at least twice per day 一 just like you would your natural teeth. Since you can’t remove this particular denture yourself, we recommend that you use a water flosser at least once per day to remove any food particles that may get trapped under the appliance against your gums. Use a floss threader at least once a day as well to remove anything that the water flosser may have left behind.
Ensuring that your gum tissue and jaw bone level stays healthy is imperative for the longevity of implants. Make sure that you’re keeping your appliance and gums as clean as possible, and that you’re visiting our Mesa dentist regularly.
There’s no need to feel overwhelmed about how to clean your implants and appliance. Our dental hygienists will be glad you give you some pointers on taking care of them.
All-on-4 Implants in Mesa
If you’re looking for All-on-4 dental implants in Mesa, AZ, then it’s time to call Eastport Dental. Dr. Vinh Huynh, DMD work with this life-changing procedure can give you the smile you’ve been dreaming of. We offer free consultations for the All on 4 system. Book your appointment online today. We look forward to meeting you and discussing your tooth-replacement treatment options, be it All-on-4 dental implants or something else. Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment. Flexible payment options are available.