When it comes to dental implants, dentists have traditionally utilized an implant for each individual tooth. Then came implant-supported dentures that attach larger sets of teeth to a patient’s jaw via six or eight implants. Over time, doctors introduced the All-on-4 variety, which expands a patient’s options by getting the job done with just — you guessed it — four implants.
If you are considering implant-supported dentures, get advice from the professionals at Porter Dental Health Clinic to determine whether you’re the right candidate for an All-on-4 procedure. Relevant factors include:
The Current State of Your Mouth
Though situations obviously differ on a case-by-case basis, the most obvious candidates for All-on-4 are either already missing most of their teeth or are using some other form of dentures.
If you still have a bunch of teeth intact, don’t fret — there are several other cosmetic dentistry options the doctors can recommend to give you a full set of teeth. In most situations, it’s beneficial — not to mention cheaper — to maintain some of your natural teeth anyway.
Your Existing Bone
The best candidates for All-on-4 tend to be patients with a robust front jawbone. Because all four of the implants will be inserted into this area, it is essential that the bone be up for the task of carrying the load.
Additionally, All-on-4 candidates often have lesser bone strength around their molars; the reason being that if it is possible to put implants in the back region, doctors may recommend doing so to provide extra support to your new set of teeth.
Your Desired Recovery Time
No doubt, one of the biggest benefits of All-on-4 is the accelerated healing process. As you may expect, having fewer implants overall is easier on your gums and allows you to get back to everyday activities like chewing food sooner.
With All-on-4, you’re also bound to spend less time in the dentist chair altogether since doctors have fewer implants to install.
As is often the case for new users of traditional dentures, some All-on-4 patients will discover that they develop speech problems. Generally, people are able to adapt so they can say certain letters (often T and D) without impediment, but it can take some practice. If you’re concerned about potential speech complications, be sure to discuss it with the doctor.
Ask the Doctors
Ultimately, whether or not you get All-on-4 implants is a call best left to the experts. Fortunately, Dr. Lance Porter and Dr. Will Warren are happy to conduct a personalized consultation to learn about your dental goals and figure out precisely which procedure makes sense for your own mouth.
To schedule an appointment at your convenience at Porter Dental Health Clinic, give them a call at 501-624-2778 or send an email.