Many edentulous (toothless) patients in Chicago are turning to the All-on-4 dental implant procedure as a tooth replacement method that’s far superior to traditional dentures. With All-on-4 implants, a full arch of artificial teeth is anchored in the mouth by four strategically placed implants. A special three-dimensional imaging software program allows the implant dentist to plan for the implants’ precise location in the patient’s jaw, which streamlines the process.
When permanent teeth are lost or extracted, no roots are left to keep the jaw bone in place. As a result, the bone begins to recede and patients who wanted implants to replace an entire upper or lower arch of teeth in the past often needed to undergo multiple bone grafts. The graft brought in bone from elsewhere in the mouth or body to ensure that the implant dentist would have sufficient bone structure to place the implants.
However, in the All-on-four technique, the implants are placed near the front of the jaw, where the bone is slowest to recede. This implant placement eliminates the need for a preliminary bone graft and the delay as the patient recovers from that procedure. With the All-on-4 procedure, the implants are placed and the patient goes home with a full arch of teeth that same day. The patient heals much more quickly, too. In fact, nearly all patients are able to eat a meal of soft food later that evening.
All-on-4 dental implants offer many benefits over dentures. The replacement arch is much more secure with All-on-4 implants, so patients don’t need to worry about an embarrassing denture slip during a conversation or presentation. The function is quite close to that of natural teeth, so patients don’t need to give up their favorite foods! Additionally, the implants used in the All-on-4, Teeth in a Day technique help to replace the roots of the missing teeth, reducing the likelihood of further jaw bone resorption.
If you are in the process of deciding whether to choose dentures or another method to replace your missing teeth, consult with this dual degree implant dentist in Chicago to see if “Teeth in a Day”, All-on-4 dental implants are an option for you.