Before you have All-on-4 dental implants, you may be living with the discomfort and embarrassment of missing teeth. You may have long ago lost the ability to really enjoy foods, as chewing may be a bother or even painful. Your embarrassment over the look of your smile can cause you to retreat from social situations. You may also be embarrassed about the way you pronounce words, as missing teeth can alter your speech.
After the All-on-4 dental implants procedure, you may find your life transformed. All the functions that may have been taken for granted prior to tooth loss are restored. This procedure has significant implications for whole-body health. You may feel better physically, because nutrition can suffer when you can't eat the way you should. Mentally you get a boost as your self-confidence rises. You may find yourself more active and socializing again.
Your life may be transformed with All-on-4 systems in less time than you ever thought possible. While it may sound too good to be a feasible solution, Dr. Charles Martin can place the dental implants and the restorations that make up your new tooth in just one visit. Only four dental implants may be necessary to support a full arch.
After these implant-supported dentures are placed, you avoid a number of serious, long-term complications associated with missing teeth. When teeth are lost, underlying bone that supports the teeth is also lost. After the supporting bone deteriorates, a destructive process continues unabated, whereby your jawbone begins to melt away.
As the jawbone resorbs, the entire shape of your face may change. Since the jawbone lacks density, the jaws will appear to over-close. The lower third of the face shrinks, an effect known as bite collapse. Your cheeks may appear sunken. Altogether, you can look far older than your years. Of course, problems go beyond cosmetic. As bone loss worsens, so do any problems you may have started to experience shortly after teeth fell out or were extracted, including difficulty eating and pronouncing words correctly.
While it may be tempting to hold on to infected, painful or unsightly teeth, Dr. Martin encourages you move forward with tooth replacement that is very different from the uncomfortable, high-maintenance dentures of yesteryear. Partner with your Dentist in Richmond to experience All-on-4 Dental Implants firsthand, and see the difference before and after treatment.
Last Updated - February 2016
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