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The Basics Of All-On-4 Dental Implants

Having a mouth full of pretty, straight, and healthy teeth is something that we tend to take for granted until we find ourselves with extreme tooth decay, chips, or cracks. If you have recently had to have one of your teeth pulled for whatever reason, then your dentist may recommend that you get dental implants or all-on-4 dental implants. To help you understand what all-on-4 dental implants are, this article will go over what traditional implants are first and then discuss all-on-4 implants a little bit further. Read on to learn a little bit more. 

What Are Dental Implants?

First things first: what are dental implants? Dental implants are designed to help patients restore their lost teeth. To start out, your dentist will surgically implant metal rods into your gums. After several months of healing (and as long as they have healed properly), your dentist will then place dental crowns over the top. The metal rods will act as your teeth's root, and the dental crowns will act as your actual tooth. The great thing about dental implants is that they are almost permanent and can be used for one or more missing teeth. 

What Are All-On-4 Implants?

All-on-4 implants don't require you to have a dental implant for all of your missing teeth. Rather, they just require you to have four precisely placed implants that are on both the top of your mouth and the bottom of your mouth, totaling eight implants overall. In essence, all-on-4 implants are basically a combination of traditional dental implants and dentures because they can restore your entire smile with just one surgical procedure. Each implant is made of titanium, fused to the bone, and will eventually act as part of the bone. The result is a strong, long-lasting smile. 

Having the perfect smile isn't something that we all have, but it is definitely something that all of us want. If you have recently lost one or more teeth due to tooth decay, smoking, gum disease, or anything else, then dental implants or all-on-4 dental implants may be able to help you get back your smile before you know it. If you want to learn more about these options, then contact your dentist today and schedule a consultation with them. During your consultation, they will take a series of X-rays and do a physical examination to help you determine which solution will give you the best smile possible.