Implants are revolutionary and provide patients with stabilized replacement teeth that feel comfortable and last for a lifetime. For implants to be placed, sufficient bone must be available in jaw arches. While this may not be a problem for patients who had teeth knocked out in an accident and replaced soon after, bone loss is a common speedbump for patients with complete tooth loss – an issue that often occurs after a lifetime of dental problems, including decay and gum disease.
However, patients who are without most or all of their natural teeth often reap the most benefit from implants. So if you’re dealing with bone loss, how can you benefit from implant procedures?
Consider Bone Grafts
While bone grafting is an added step, it’s a pre-treatment that helps to restore full facial volume and correct the sunken-in appearance created by jaw bone deterioration. For bone grafting procedures, patients are often referred to a specialist. Once you are healed, traditional implants can be placed in areas of restored bone density.
For those who wish to avoid this extra surgical process, there are specially designed treatment concepts that can help.
The All-on-4 Treatment Concept: Permanent Teeth with Minimal Implants
Standard size implants can only be predictably placed in areas of suitable tissue volume. When bone has been lost from extensive gum disease or years of dealing with lost teeth, patients struggle to quality for this standard treatment process. Implants placed without grafts in these scenarios are highly likely to fail.
The All-on-4 treatment concept allows patients to side-step the need for bone grafts by including specialized implants that are longer and placed at carefully determined angles. This method allows for better integration in areas of reduced bone quality, giving patients the benefits of stable implants without additional treatments.
Teeth attached to these four implant posts are permanently affixed – there’s no need to remove your teeth nightly to clean them or replace them each morning with paste. The All-on-4 treatment concept provides edentulous patients with full-arch replacement teeth that feel natural, support full biting and chewing function, and minimize the steps needed for lasting results.
Ask Us about Full-Arch Restoration with Implants! If you have questions about the All-on-4 treatment concept, or have been told you don’t qualify for traditional implants, call Dr. Schlosser for your teeth replacement consultation.