Teeth Are Not Purely Functional
Although our teeth play an integral part in our daily lives, influencing our health, our speech mechanisms, and the food choices we make to nourish our bodies, they, too, affect how we perceive ourselves and how we communicate this perception within the world around us.
An unhealthy oral presentation can have a strong psychological effect on how we interact.
All-On-4 dental implants was designed to present the patient with a natural, healthy and aesthetic set of teeth without the trauma associated with gaps and the decayed, damaged teeth that surround them.
The treatment is so named because insertion requires only four abutments (screws) to be placed in the arch of the entire gum.
The insertion supports an entire set of perfect, uniform teeth in both the upper and lower mandible (jaw) and is robust, durable and secure, eliminating black spaces between the teeth.
The most significant advantage of having a total replacement is that it encourages bone growth in the jaw, unlike dentures and traditional bridges.
Bone relies on stimulation to remain dense and healthy. Dormant gaps rob the bone of the necessary motivation; thus, bone degeneration occurs at different rates in different people. One thing is certain – it will happen, eventually.
Who Is A Good Candidate For All-On-4 Replacement Therapy?
Very few people aren’t.
Uncontrolled diabetes and auto-immune conditions are excluded from implant treatment until your dentist is assured that the conditions are brought under control.
Heavy smokers are encouraged to give up the habit or to cut down. Smoking, as a rule, does not exclude the patient from receiving tooth replacement therapy. There is evidence to suggest that there is a heightened chance of implant failure in smokers.
It is always a good idea to provide your dentist with a detailed outline of your medical history, past and present. He or she will tailor your treatment, taking this information into consideration.
A small percentage of people under go all on 4 dental implants surgery in Melbourne are allergic to the titanium abutments that are drilled into the jawbone. A test will confirm an allergy. Zirconium is used as an alternative.
Benefits of All on 4 Dental Implants
The all on 4 dental implants are a popular treatment for those looking to improve their smile. This treatment offers many benefits, including:
1. All on 4 dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth.
2. The implants are much stronger than traditional dentures, making them a great option for those with active lifestyles.
3. All on 4 dental implants can help improve your appearance and give you a more youthful look.
4. The implants are a great way to improve your oral health and prevent further tooth loss.
If you are missing all of your teeth, then all-on-4 dental implants may be the right treatment option for you. You can also check out all on 4 vs all on 6
Oral Problems Affect Mental Health
We may develop particular mannerisms or oddities in our behaviours to keep the viewer’s eye from being drawn to the source of embarrassment.
Some might even find the process of interacting too traumatizing and evolve a lifestyle that leads lead to isolation in order to cope with the problem.
It cannot be hidden or ignored with much success.
Why Do So Many People Reject Traditional Methods To Replace Missing Teeth?
There are a number of reasons associated with the decision many people take to forgo settling for traditional methods of treatment, like dentures and traditional bridges. While these treatments appear to sort out the problem, appearances can be misleading. Dentures and traditional bridges:
- Do not support a stress-free daily experience
- loosen and become unstable over time as the gum recedes
- Glues that commonly support dentures lose their efficacy
- Food choices are restricted
- Require specific cleaning methods and special apparatus to maintain oral health
- Do not aid in bone growth
- Encourage periodontal (gum) problems, bacterial accumulation and cavities in adjacent teeth
- Contribute to malocclusion (abnormalities in how the lower and upper jaw meet), as the shape of the mouth and the supporting bone degenerates over time
Little wonder, then, that so many patients give up on the methods they believe are available to them, and decide, instead, to live with the problem.
A Holistic, Bespoke Solution Designed To Suit Your Face And Personality
As patients become more aware of the available options, through informative channels, it’s clear that dentistry has progressed to the point where the situation is no longer a hopeless one.
Although implants have secured a place as a transformative, reliable way of replacing missing teeth, the cost involved to replace a single tooth, frequently, at least four or five, is out of reach for many patients.
Also, the insertion of a single implant does not erase problems with natural teeth that may flank it.
While every effort is made by most ethical practitioners to save healthy teeth, taking a conservative approach simply isn’t the best course of action when existent problems present as severe or irreparable.
The benefits of having a secure, aesthetic, total replacement addresses the problem.
It provides an immediate solution, where all the teeth are designed to complement the facial structure and features.
Instead of having one pontic (false crown/tooth) that looks decidedly out-of-place in a parafunctional (abnormal functionality) mouth, it makes sense to consider a long-term, total solution.
The Diagnostic Consultation
Your dentist will take a 3-D scan of your face to obtain an accurate measurement of the jawbone – its density, height and width. They will pay attention to the lie of the sinuses and nerves.
Your options will be presented to you, including a costing and time frame guide. Moulds and photographs are taken of your teeth and smile to allow your dentist to plan your treatment.
In the event that extractions are prescribed, a separate appointment will be set up to accommodate the procedure, and healing time will be taken into consideration.
Complementary treatments, like sinus lift or a bone graft, if needed, will also require a separate time frame and recovery period guideline.
The Stages Of Treatment
Your anaethetist will have prepared for the kind of sedation you have opted for on the day of the implant procedure.
Some people opt for full IV anaesthesia, and others, the ‘twilight’ anaesthetic.
Either way, you will recall nothing over the 3 or 4 hours the dentist will take to drill the holes in your gum and place the abutments.
The following day, a temporary set of teeth will be fitted to check the fit and aesthetic.
Your new, complete set of implants are fitted a day later.
Full healing takes place over 3-6 months, depending on your capacity to heal.
Immediate Care For Your New Implants
- Avoid hard foods
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Sleep with your head raised for the first week
- Don’t over-exert yourself
Dr Peter Laird, at Glenferrie Dental clinic, Hawthorn, VIC, is an advocate of All-On-4 implant replacement. He has specialized in dental implant therapy for many years.
Get a Free Dental Implant Quote From our Australian Trained Dentists
Dental implants are a significant undertaking that you would not want to entrust with just anyone. They are, however, worth the investment.
It is the most commonly chosen option with patients for missing teeth, and you get a more natural look and feel. You are looking to improve and change your life.
At the end of the day, you make a saving but can encounter many challenges. Put the health and care of your teeth in the hands of those you can trust.
Get a free quote today from Dr Peter Laird at Glenferrie Dental.