If you have lost or missing teeth, there are a few different options to turn to. You can do nothing, although this could lead to more problems later on. You can turn to dentures, but these have their own problems to deal with.
The best option for a permanent replacement is dental implants. What many people do not realize is that there are different types of dental implants. For many people the idea of All on 4 implants provides them with everything they need.
Dental implants consist of two parts. An implant or a post is placed inside of the jaw bone. The bone grows around the post to secure it in place. A crown is placed on top of the implant to replace the missing tooth. In traditional implants, a post is put in place for each of the missing tooth. While it is possible to replace all the teeth with dental implants, it is a difficult and expensive procedure.
All on 4 implants offer an alternative to traditional implants. Instead of placing posts in all the missing teeth, 4 post are implanted, and the teeth connect to those 4 implants. This makes it much easier to replace both the bottom and lower set of teeth. It is an easier procedure that is typically less costly.
There is a place for both the traditional implants and the all on 4 implants. If there are only one or two missing teeth, traditional implants are probably the best choice. As long as the rest of the teeth are healthy, there is no need for more than the one or two implants.
All on 4 implants are usually the best option when a person either needs to replace all the bottom teeth, all their top teeth or both their top and bottom teeth. It is also an option for people that are missing large sections of their teeth. The procedure is less invasive while providing the same results as traditional implants.
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