Many adults face tooth loss as part of the aging process and fortunately advances in dental technology offer several options for replacing any number of missing teeth. Cost, jaw structure and personal preference each affect the final decision regarding which treatment method is best. Consider these four key differences between dental implants and All-on-4™ implants if you are contemplating investing in a new smile.
Traditional implants require placing one post into the jawbone per tooth that is being replaced. These supports anchor each dental restoration firmly in your mouth and stimulate the bone, preventing density loss. With All-on-4™, an entire arch of new teeth (lower or upper) can be attached using just four implant posts, significantly reducing the amount of surgical invasiveness required. The rear implants are affixed at an angle, adding strength and stability.
In order for dental implants to be successful, a patient must have adequate bone density to support the posts. Replacing an entire row of teeth individually requires substantial bone thickness and most patients must first undergo a bone graft to increase density and prepare their jaw for the implants.
Because most individuals require grafting in preparation for multiple implants, the time between the first appointment and the final result is greatly increased. Generally, patients who opt for All-on-4™ implants are able to enjoy their new set of beautiful, permanent teeth the day of implant surgery.
The cost associated with affixing multiple implants is often higher than All-on-4™ treatment, due to the increased number of implants that must be placed. Also, grafting surgery, if required, increases the overall cost, making All-on-4™ the more affordable option for most individuals.
Give our office a call today if you need an implant dentist in Eau Claire, WI. Dr. Bruce Trimble would love to discuss your many options for restoring your smile.