Are you missing a whole arch of teeth, and don’t find dentures appealing? Are you searching for a more permanent solution that will also help your jawbone heal? At the practice of Dr. Neil S. Stearns in Englewood, NJ, we offer a unique kind of dental implant that encompasses an entire arch of teeth, known as All-on-4 Implants. Patients who opt for this procedure can enjoy all the advantages of dental implants but with the added bonus of creating a full, complete smile. Let’s take a look at what sets All-on-4 apart.
One of our patients once came into the office with a full denture and complained of how loose it felt in her mouth. We noticed that the denture was old and had become ill-fitting due to normal wear-and-tear. She’d had the denture for about 7 years. When we asked if she wanted a new set of dentures, she shook her head and asked if we had other solutions. Sensing that she was looking for a more advanced solution for dentures, we pointed her to All-on-4.
All-on-4 implants entail placing four implant fixtures into the jawbone, along the arch where this new denture is needed. Once your full-arch denture has been constructed, then the denture implant is placed over the implants and clipped into place. Unlike dentures, the implants fix the All-on-4 in place, so there’s no adhesives needed.
We pride ourselves on being able to provide patients with their All-on-4 implants in the morning, so that they can enjoy dinner by the evening with a complete smile. It’s that quick! A lot of patients are surprised by how fast the treatment is. And since the dentures are clipped in place, there’s little to no risk of the All-on-4 falling out while eating or talking. You can rest assured that your All-on-4 is stationary and strong, durable against most foods without requiring special preparation for meals.
Since All-on-4 follows the dental implant process, the implant fixtures undergo osseointegration. And just what is osseointegration? When the titanium fixtures are placed in the jawbone, the titanium triggers a reaction in the bone, where the bone weaves fibers around the implants and bonds it in place. This is what creates the permanence that people have associated dental implants with, and now you can take advantage of this with All-on-4.
When osseointegration takes place, it makes the implants feel like real teeth. Osseointegration also can heal the jawbone area, since regeneration is part of the fusion process. It can replenish the jawbone, causing you to look and feel younger. Since jawbone loss is a common side effect of tooth loss, and is responsible for the sunken cheek look; it helps that osseointegration can help reverse the effects for some patients.