With implanted teeth, you won’t have to avoid certain types of food that are hard to chew or bite as you would with removable dentures. All-on-Four® implants allow the patient to bite down with a strong natural force. You get to eat all types of food that are good for you, hence promoting your overall health through nutritional balance and diet. Of course, you should still avoid using your implanted teeth to crush chunky blocks of ice or open bottle caps – things that you shouldn’t be doing with your natural teeth as well.
When . Placing the abutment in the implant, and attaching the crown. Some dentists do only one of the phases -- either the implants or the prostheses. This may lead to greater overall cost. Other dentists, like Dr. Leigh, perform both phases of the procedure.
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes.The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Dental implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
If you have missing teeth, first visit your family dentist to discuss the treatment options available to you. Implants are generally provided by a team of highly-trained dental professionals that includes some or all of the following providers:
A dental implant does not need to be supported by adjacent teeth, so there is no need to prepare or cut down other teeth nearby. The implant is anchored in the jawbone just like the root of a natural tooth so does not need to be, and cannot be, removed for cleaning. The crown of an implanted tooth is normally made of ceramic materials that can look as natural as the tooth which it replaces.
If all is well with the assessment, the dentist performs a minor surgical procedure at a following appointment to place the implant in the jawbone. A process of osseointegration then takes places as the bone grows into the implant, locking it in place. This process may take several months depending upon your health and type of bone at the implant site. However, in many cases, the implant and a provisional or temporary replacement tooth can be placed at the same visit
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. Healing time following surgery varies from person to person and is based on a variety of factors, such as hardness of bone. In some cases, implants may be restored immediately after they are placed.For the first three to six months following the surgery, dental implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet at this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture that will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Drs Lee, Choi, Harvan and Jundt will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. After two weeks your general dentist will be able to start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
For the first three to six months following the surgery, dental implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet at this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture that will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
Enter All-on-4® – The revolutionary implant system that gives you the functionality and bite quality that you would expect from natural teeth. With this unique dental implant innovation, you no longer have to avoid certain types of food just because your denture cannot handle the chew or crunch.
Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve you life. When you lose several teeth – whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years – chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.
The dentist will plan to monitor the healing process. When the osseointegration is deemed to have progressed enough, an impression or mold of your implant will be made. Then a new dental crown will be created to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth. If you have many missing teeth, a personalized or custom bridge or denture will be made; sometimes requiring additional visits.
Treat your multiple tooth loss condition with an implant-supported solution that restores the bite and beauty to your smile. All on 4® offers a permanent solution to traditional dentures that feels and looks like natural teeth.