Dental implants restore the function of your mouth and a picture-perfect smile. But what if you’re missing more than one tooth? Dental implants can replace a single tooth, but they can also restore your entire mouth.
All-on-4® implants support an entire row of teeth on just four implant posts — and they’re available at Dentistry in Paradise in Santa Barbara, California. Here, Kevin Miller, DDS, highlights six benefits of the All-on-4 implant system.
1. Full coverage, with strength you can trust
Traditional dentures provide full tooth coverage, but they’re notorious for slipping and sliding. Because dentures are made to be removable, they simply don’t have the strength and durability of implants.
All-on-4 implants provide the same full coverage as dentures and the sturdiness you know that you get with individual dental implants. As with a single implant, your All-on-4 implants help reduce jawbone atrophy because the implant posts stimulate bone just as natural tooth roots do. Jawbone atrophy is common in patients with full dentures.
2. Easy to maintain
All-on-4 implants are low maintenance compared to dentures. Four titanium implant posts anchor a full arch of prosthetic teeth, so there’s no need to fuss with messy denture adhesive to keep them in place.
All-on-4 implants are permanently secured to your jawbone. They aren’t removable, and they don’t require overnight soaking like dentures. Keeping your mouth clean is as simple as brushing and flossing natural teeth. Keep these tips in mind for no-fuss maintenance:
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and brush twice daily with a toothpaste with the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance
- Floss daily with regular floss or with a water flosser
- Use mouthwash once daily
If you have questions about cleaning your implants, let us know. Dr. Miller can answer your questions and provide helpful tips.
3. You can smile 24/7
When your teeth are missing, replacing them quickly is likely one of your top priorities. Once we attach your set of prosthetic teeth to the implant posts, your new smile is here to stay. You don’t have to worry about spending your nighttime hours toothless while your dentures soak.
4. Save time and money
Implants are an investment in your oral health. When you need a full set of teeth, the All-on-4 system is a cost-effective option because they don’t require the expense or the surgery and recovery time that would be needed to implant a post for each individual missing tooth.
5. Improved digestion
Believe it or not, replacing missing teeth can also improve your digestion. It can be difficult to thoroughly chew food without teeth, and that can lead to indigestion.
Sturdy implants allow you to chew your food thoroughly. Many people find that eating with implants is a comfortable experience, much like chewing with your natural teeth. In addition, there’s no need to worry about dentures sliding out of place while you eat.
6. Greater confidence
Whether you’re smiling at a co-worker or eating steak on a date, All-on-4 dental implants give you the confidence to smile, chew, and speak with ease. Implants can also restore facial fullness if you’ve developed a sunken look due to missing teeth.
Dr. Miller can help restore your smile and is happy to answer your questions and discuss All-on-4 implants as a potential solution for you. When you’re ready to book your consultation at Dentistry in Paradise, call our office at 805-967-0272 or use our online form to request an appointment.