If you are missing most or all of your teeth, or are faced with the prospect of losing your teeth, All-on-Four dental implants could be the solution you’re looking for. This technique is also referred to as teeth-in-a-day, and implant-supported dentures. The implant dentistry procedure replaces all of the upper or lower teeth using as few as four strategically placed dental implants. All On Four can be a life-changing treatment option for patients who have suffered from a poorly fitted denture and can secure your smile for confident chewing and speaking capability.
Drs. Yousefi and Eskow specialize in periodontic and implant dentistry in our Bethesda, Maryland office. We work as part of an interdisciplinary team with your restorative dentist, cosmetic dentist, or prosthodontist to offer complete treatment for missing teeth. Many local dentists not only refer their patients to us for dental implant treatments but have also been implant patients themselves in our office. Our treatment options are tailored to meet each individual’s needs and goals, striving for the best outcome and long-term success.
How Does All-On-Four Work?
The name “All-on-four” comes from the fact that as few as four dental implants are needed to secure a denture or hybrid bridge. The procedure is also called “teeth-in-a-day” because of the fact that you will have all of your remaining teeth removed, and replaced with dental implants in a single visit. Another popular term for this procedure is “implant-supported dentures”.
Before dental implant treatment can begin, our periodontist will need to make sure you do not have any form of gum disease, and sufficient jaw bone. Your oral health should be in good standing in order to have a stable foundation for dental implants. Long-term success depends on your oral and overall health.
The initial restoration will include a temporary denture or bridge. This will allow your jawbone to heal properly after the implant posts are surgically placed. The temporary denture or bridge will stabilize your implants and aid in the healing process. Once the implants have integrated into your jawbone, you will have your permanent denture placed and secured.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Dental implants have one of the highest levels of patient satisfaction because they often replace the natural feel and function of the teeth. Until recently, the only option for someone missing all of their teeth was a conventional denture.
With dentures, you have to be careful about what foods you eat, constantly worry about them slipping out when you talk, and deal with a daily routine that involves poor tasting adhesive and nightly soaking. Not to mention the fact that dentures do not support the bone, which will continue to deteriorate and may make the face look much older.
Dental implants, by contrast, integrate with the living bone. This gives the denture a firm foundation. This means you can eat, speak, and smile with confidence and without restrictions. The dental implants will support the jaw bone for improved long term oral health.
More Dental Implant Information
- What are dental implants?
- About the Dental Implant Procedure
- Benefits of Dental Implants
- Dental Implant FAQs
Schedule an Implant Dentistry Consultation
If you have several missing teeth, we offer dental implants in our Bethesda, MD dental office. Schedule an appointment today with one of our Bethesda area dental implant specialists and periodontists. Before treatment, we will discuss your oral health, dental concerns, and budget to see if dental implants are the right choice for you. Call our Bethesda office or request a consultation with us online.