All on Four Dental Implants
Patients who are missing an entire jaw or top or bottom teeth, or both, may feel that their only affordable option is dentures. While dentures are great for restoring the mouth’s functionality and aesthetics, they still prove to be a hassle and can cause discomfort. With all-on-four dental implants, only four dental implants are needed to permanently attach a full arch of dentures. Dr. Aki Shirakura and Associates is proud to offer this procedure to patients who already have dentures and want a more secure solution and to patients who may need dentures or a full set of teeth.
If you are interested in all-on-4 dental implants, you will first need to schedule a consultation with our Dr. Shirakura. During this dental appointment, Dr. Shirakura will determine if you are a good candidate for implants. Patients must have an adequate amount of bone mass in the jaw for the implants to stay put. If the patient does not have enough bone mass, they can opt for a bone graft to help. Once given the okay, the procedure is quite simple. With minor surgery and sedation, we will surgically place the titanium screw that acts as a tooth root into your jawbone. Four implants are placed on either your top or bottom jaw, or both depending on where you are missing the arch of teeth. The dental implants will heal and fuse to the living bone for a strong and long-lasting foundation for your new teeth. Your dentist will then attach a temporary set of teeth for you to wear while your jawbone heals. Once it has healed, your permanent teeth are installed.
The Benefits of All-On-Four Dental Implants
The biggest benefit of all-on-4 implants is the secure feel and comfort that is not present with dentures. Patients can confidently smile and eat with all-on-4 implants, never feeling worried that their teeth will fall out at the wrong time. Another benefit includes the prevention of future loss of bone mass in the jaw. The dental implants act as tooth roots, and as a result they encourage the bone mass in the jaw to continue growing. This helps your face maintain its youthful shape and prevents it from drooping. All-on-4 dental implants are also very long lasting, which all patients say is a great benefit. Once your implants are placed, you won’t need to worry about replacing them if you follow proper aftercare instructions. Lastly, patients will enjoy the improvement of their appearance, easy care and overall enhanced quality of life. Restore not only your smile, but your confidence with help from all-on-4 dental implants.
Interested in Improving Your Smile?
If you are missing an arch of teeth, an entire mouth, or currently have dentures and are looking for a more secure and comfortable restorative option, contact Dr. Shirakura and Associates to find out if all-on-four dental implants are right for you. Dr. Shirakura will determine if you are the right candidate during a consultation and help you achieve your new smile as soon as possible.
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