Of all of the negative emotions that can accompany tooth loss, one of the hardest to deal with may be feelings of isolation. If you have lost teeth, it is easy to feel as though you are alone in your lack of confidence and self-esteem. Yet statistics show that you are not. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, nearly 35 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. Not only should this give you comfort to know that you are not alone, but also hope due to the fact that this high incidence rate of edentulism has necessitated the need for more treatment alternatives.
What Are All-on-4 Implants?
One such alternative that your periodontist in Nashville TN stands ready to offer you is All-on-4 dental implants. This treatment has proven to be extremely effective in helping those needing to replace their entire set of upper or lower teeth, or both. The All-on-4 implant procedure works by securing four titanium implants in your available jaw bone. A temporary set of dentures is then affixed to those implants while they become fully integrated with your jaw. After about 3-6 months, your new permanent set of teeth are then anchored to the implants.
Advantages Compared to Traditional Dentures
While dentures can be effective at treating tooth loss, All-on-4 implants offer distinct advantages which may make them a better option for you. These include:
· Tight adhesion: Dentures can easily detach from your gums and begin to “float” in your mouth while you are eating or talking, while All-on-4 implants remain firmly affixed.
· No dietary restrictions: Because your All-on-4 denture remains attached to your implants, you can eat and drink whatever you like.
· Ease of care: You care for your All-on-4 denture just as you would normal teeth, with regular brushing and flossing. Traditional dentures, on the other hand, often require special maintenance.
The confidence that you lost along with your teeth can be returned to you once again, thanks to the skills of Dr. Akin and the rest of our team here at the Nashville Periodontal Group. With All-on-4 dental implants, you can be ready to show the world a happy and healthy smile once again in no time at all. To see if you may be a candidate for this procedure, contact us to schedule a consultation appointment right away.
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