When patients confess to having “bad teeth,” they are typically plagued with teeth that are weak, chipped, broken or decayed. In result, they simply don’t function the way they should and they often don’t feel good either. For many of these patients, replacing “bad teeth” with dental implants can be the perfect way to reclaim a healthy, attractive and functional smile. If you choose All-on-4 implants, you can even walk away with a new smile in a single day!
Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Not everyone qualifies for dental implants. If you smoke or lack sufficient bone density in your jaw, dental implants may not be an option. Furthermore, if your “bad teeth” are surrounded by gum disease, you’ll have to hold off on implant dentistry until you get your gum health under control. Implants rely on healthy tissues to foster their success, and the lingering bacteria found in gum disease can be a major threat to your restorative dentistry investment.
What Are All on 4 Implants?
Traditional implants use titanium posts to replace individual tooth roots. Then, after the jaw heals and the implant fuses to the bone for a few months, artificial teeth can be attached on top of the implant. This produces replacement teeth that are beautiful, strong and replicate your natural teeth with unrivaled success.
For patients that just can’t wait several weeks for their prosthetic teeth or want to avoid a more lengthy process, All-on-4 implants can be considered. All-on-4 implants are designed a bit different, with a smaller post that is placed at an angle within the jaw. It limits the amount of jawbone necessary to secure the implant and involves a less-invasive procedure. With All-on-4, we may use just four to six implants to replace an entire arch of teeth —either all of your upper or lower teeth. For most, the new teeth can be attached to the implants right away so there is no need to wait through a long healing process. Included in this same-day procedure is the extraction of those “bad teeth” so that they don’t interfere with your new smile.
Keeping the Good Teeth
If you have some severely damaged or decayed teeth alongside teeth that are in good condition, you may want to hang on to those good, healthy teeth. That is perfectly fine. You can still get dental implants. Instead of an implant-supported denture, however, you may consider an implant-supported partial or implant-retained bridge instead. These are implant restorations that are designed to replace a few or several teeth in a certain area of your mouth.
Ready to say goodbye to those unsightly, uncomfortable teeth? Learn your options for a beautiful new smile with dental implants. Call the office of Dr. Wayne Suway today. We offer a full menu of implant dentistry treatments to rebuild your smile.