All-On-4 Dental Implants
If you have just a few teeth left and you've begun to hate your dentist and you need to have your remaining teeth pulled, imagine walking into Transformation Dental Partners in the morning and leaving that same day with a stunning new smile. No, not dentures, but attractive, stable and comfortable teeth. Teeth that don't hurt anymore. Teeth that you will never have to take out to clean. Teeth that can chomp into real food. Teeth you'll love.
If you have already lost all, or nearly all, of your teeth on your upper and/or lower jaw, you probably know what a challenge it can be to wear dentures. Of course, dentures are better than going completely without teeth, but they leave a lot to be desired.
Facial Collapse Syndrome
First, and foremost, wearing dentures will not stop the continual shrinking of your jawbone density and volume. Your bone structure continues to shrink because improper pressure is being applied directly to the jawbone.
Think about someone with a broken leg. Within days, the doctor will have that person wearing a walking cast. That returns downward pressure to the leg bone and makes it grow stronger and faster. Bone responds to properly placed pressure by growing and becoming denser. It also will simply wither away if it doesn't feel the right kind of stimulation.
As your lower and upper jawbone recede, they allow your nose and chin to come closer together. Eventually, you end up with Facial Collapse Syndrome which prematurely ages your appearance and makes your jaw more fragile.
There are other disadvantages to wearing dentures.
- Remember pressing a cool spoonful of ice cream against the roof of your mouth as a child? You can't feel that with an upper denture.
- Remember biting off the last little bits of meat on a BBQ rib with perfect precision? Dentures can slide around too much for that.
- Dentures may cause open ulcers in your mouth because they don't fit tightly and they rub on your gums.
- Dentures can increase your saliva production and make you drool.
- And, every night, there's the messy cleanup.
Wouldn't it be great to brush YOUR teeth again? YOUR teeth in YOUR mouth. Then, go to bed with YOUR teeth and wake up with YOUR teeth. Come home to a steak dinner that you easily chew with YOUR teeth. And, do that again tomorrow and the next day and so on. In fact, you would never have to take YOUR teeth out of your mouth again!
How is this possible?
Using a remarkable, new, and less costly, technology called "All-On-4 Dental Implants," Dr. Li can use fewer dental implants to anchor a complete set of teeth into your mouth – permanently! Because of a breakthrough in bio-engineering, (using tilting and graftless implants), the four (sometimes six) dental implants become far stronger and can withstand much more force and torque than traditionally placed implants. The result? Permanently anchored teeth that actually, honestly and truly feel and function like real teeth – YOUR real teeth.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small, titanium screw with a rough surface that fits inside your jawbone and replaces the root-part of a missing tooth. Dental implants are made of titanium, which has the unique ability to fuse with living bone. On a microscopic scale, your jaw's bone cells grow into, around and through the roughness and imperfections on the surface of the screw, essentially becoming one with the metal. Once the fusion is complete, the dental implant can be used to anchor a single porcelain crown, or a two-to-four tooth porcelain bridge, or for temporarily snapping dentures into place for the day. You can learn more about dental implants on our "Dental Implants" page on this website.
With traditional implants, you would have had to wait three to six months for the bone and titanium to fully fuse before restorative teeth could be attached to the implant. And, that assumes that your jawbone doesn't need to have bone grafts to place implants.
However, with All-On-Four Dental Implants, the revolutionary bio-engineering technique permits Dr. Li to usually attach your replacement teeth THAT SAME DAY! No bone-grafting is needed.