Full mouth tooth replacement used to mean choosing between one of two options. The first is a traditional, removable denture. These dentures are crafted to fit snugly against the gums. This creates suction that holds the denture in place. The other option was a dental implant supported fixed bridge. Unfortunately, some patients were not ideal candidates for this restoration option because they lacked the necessary supportive tissue to anchor the dental implant posts into place. All-on-4 dentures have allowed us to deliver the improved stability of implant dentures to patients who might not have been great candidates for an implant denture in the past. At Woodsprings Family Dentistry in Jonesboro, we will work with you to find the best tooth replacement option to meet your individual needs. If you’re ready to get started restoring your smile, call our dental office in Jonesboro to schedule a tooth replacement consultation.
Traditional dental implant supported dentures use four to six implant posts positioned along the jawline to support a full denture. The All-on-4 method makes the most of the naturally denser parts of the jawbone. For a bottom denture, two implants are placed vertically into the front of the jaw and two are placed diagonally from the back of the jaw to the front, implanting into the denser bone tissue in the front of the mouth. This means the entire denture is supported by the densest portion of the jaw, minimizing the need for bone grafting prior to implant placement.
Thanks to the innovative placement method, almost any patient can be a great candidate for All-on-4 implants. You will still need to have relatively good oral and overall health and/or the go ahead from a medical professional. Otherwise, we can work with almost any patient to receive an All-on-4 implant denture.
There are many tooth replacement options available in our Jonesboro dental office for patients who need to replace a full row of teeth. In order to make sure you are choosing the best tooth replacement option for your smile, we’ll want to review the advantages and disadvantages of each solution. Some of the benefits of All-on-4 dentures include the following:
Traditional dental implants and All-on-4 dentures both offer advanced stability and increased longevity. However, the method of placing All-on-4 dentures means fewer patients need potentially invasive preparatory treatments like bone and soft tissue grafts before they can receive their implant denture. This has opened up implant supported denture replacement to
We understand that dental implants may be a relatively new concept to you already, let alone implants that are specifically designed to make a denture fit more effectively and protect your natural bone tissue. With that said, Dr. Yarnell is here for you and ready to answer all of your questions regarding All-On-4 treatment. Below, you can even read some questions we often hear at the practice, so you can get a better idea of what to expect prior to your visit! If your question is not mentioned or you need additional clarification, please don’t hesitate to call us directly or request an appointment.
Dr. Yarnell always takes your overall facial features into account when performing treatment, not just the look of your smile. For example, she’ll pay close attention to your skin tone, age, and other aspects when creating your permanent denture. This way, your new smile blends in with the rest of your face and looks natural. When creating the permanent denture, she’ll make sure the color, size, shape and proportions are measured correctly. She’ll also make sure to get your approval of the permanent denture before sending you on your way, ensuring that you’re happy with the final result. After all, we want you to feel confident about your new smile.
Each patient is going to have their own unique needs, which is why the treatment process you go through may look differently than someone else’s. With that said, you can typically expect:
All oral surgeries require a certain amount of healing time before the procedure can be considered complete. This is why we give you a temporary set of teeth after the implants are initially placed. This will create far less stress and pressure for your gums and implants compared to a permanent denture. As you heal, you’ll need to make sure that you only eat semi-solid foods or foods that you can cut into smaller pieces with a knife and fork, rather than tearing them apart with your temporary teeth.
You do not have to receive All-On-4 treatment for both of your arches if you do not want to. However, if we determine during your exam that both of your arches are likely going to need a denture anyway, we will point this out so you can keep it in mind moving forward. We can schedule separate treatments for each of your arches if needed, but often recommend you get All-On-4 for both arches at the same time as it makes the process easier, saves time, and makes it more cost-effective.