Dental implants are widely considered the next best thing to your natural teeth for those with gaps in one or more places. There are many different types of systems, depending partly on the number of missing teeth. Each of these systems shares some key benefits, the implant-supported teeth are designed to mimic natural teeth and prevent the destructive bone loss that negatively affects the way you eat, speak, and look.
If you are only missing one or a few teeth, an implant or two is placed in the jawbone. The implant is made from medical-grade titanium, an extremely strong yet lightweight material that is biocompatible and will eventually fuse with the underlying bone.
As this process of osseointegration occurs, the titanium post or implant will effectively become the tooth root that supports the part of the tooth above the gum line – the crown. A connector piece (abutment) will securely hold the implant and the crown together.
The cost of such procedures can go up exponentially if you are missing several teeth and are considering an implant for each tooth. There is no need to go through the additional cost and time associated with going implant-by-implant to restore the look and function of your mouth.
All-on-4 implant systems couple the conventional denture with modern implant science to result in a better, optimal way to improve your appearance and health. The four in "All-on-4" refers to the minimum number of implants required to support crescent-shaped arches on both sides of the upper and lower jaw.
After determining the number of implants needed for your specific case, those implants are strategically placed to give you the maximum support with minimum invasiveness. This approach replaces your teeth as a denture might, but it does so in a way that doesn't promote bone loss. Conventional dentures have been associated with this devastating process, as well as with slippage and difficulty eating. Since the new teeth and denture are held in place securely in the jawbone, there is no concern over embarrassing slips or the hassle of loose or ill-fitting removable dentures as you eat. The teeth are designed and made to be just like your natural teeth so you can chew and speak freely without fear of embarrassing slip-ups.
Furthermore, the maintenance and hassle long associated with cleaning dentures is eliminated. You can clean the teeth like you would your natural teeth. Over the course of this process, the Richmond Smile Center team will go over any methods to help you get used to your new teeth.
Other steps in this process also speak of Dr. Charles Martin and his team's unique approach to this type of treatment, such as how the Richmond Smile Center conducts an extensive, comprehensive facial evaluation before moving forward with All-on-4 implant systems in Richmond. Call 804.417.7203 to find out more about how you can benefit from this process.
Last Updated - August 2015
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