All-On-4® Treatment Concept
Many effects of tooth loss are noticeable immediately. Right away, tooth loss affects your smile and your confidence. Losing teeth impacts your ability to bite and chew food effectively as well as your ability to speak properly. One of the lesser known effects of tooth loss is what it does to your jawbone. After tooth loss, your bone begins to lose mass, which causes it to weaken. The more teeth you lose, the greater the effects.
Dental implants are a popular solution for replacing missing teeth. However, the success of this treatment depends upon the strength of your jawbone. In many cases, a weak bone will require a bone graft before implants can be placed. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, though, Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery can avoid the need for a bone graft with the All on 4 treatment concept.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a modern solution for tooth loss, providing you with a unique alternative to traditional bridges and dentures. Implants use small titanium posts to provide support for your replacement teeth. The posts are surgically placed into your jawbone. Your replacement teeth, made from ceramic, are secured into place on the posts. Implants are very versatile and can be used in many different situations, replacing as little as one tooth and as many as a full arch.
As you heal from dental implant surgery, your jawbone fuses to the posts. This fusion, called osseointegration, turns the posts into strong, stable replacement roots that can provide the secure support your replacement teeth need to function properly.
Tooth Loss and Your Jawbone
Your teeth perform many important jobs. They help you bite and chew. They provide airflow for proper speech. They also provide you with a beautiful, confident smile. The teeth are also essential for the health of your jawbone. Every time you chew, the roots of your teeth stimulate the bone, which tells your body to send essential nutrients.
Following tooth loss, your jawbone loses the stimulation from your missing teeth. Your body mistakenly believes fewer nutrients are needed, and therefore sends fewer. As a result, your jawbone begins to weaken.
The success of dental implants relies on the fusion of your jawbone to your implant posts. If you have lost too much bone mass, your jawbone may not be strong enough to support your replacement teeth. Your bone may also not be able to fuse properly to the posts, which can ultimately result in implant failure.
All on 4
In many cases, a bone graft is recommended to restore missing bone mass in your jaw. This is done to increase the success of your dental implants. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, however, it may be possible to still receive dental implants without a bone graft. This is possible thanks to a treatment known as the All on 4 treatment concept.
All on 4 is a full arch restoration that uses only 4 implants to support a full arch of replacement teeth instead of the typical 6 to 8. These posts are placed specifically within your jaw to maximize osseointegration. Two posts are placed vertically near the front of your jaw, where there is naturally more bone mass present. The other two posts are placed near the back of the jaw. These posts are placed at a 45-degree angle. This angle maximizes contact between the posts and your jawbone. In your upper jaw, this angle also helps to avoid the sinus cavities, preventing serious issues.
What are the Benefits of All on 4?
There are many benefits associated with the All on 4 treatment concept, including:
With the All on 4 treatment concept, you can receive dental implants for an entire arch of missing teeth without the need for a bone graft first. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery today at (208) 994-6227.