When you have a full arch of missing teeth, you may feel impatient about getting back to full mouth function. Your reaction is understandable. However, you do not necessarily have to wait months to get a fully functioning smile. Instead, consider talking with your periodontist about receiving All-On-4® Dental Implants in New Braunfels or San Antonio, TX.
What Makes All-on-4 Dental Implants Different Than Other Full-Mouth Options?
Patients who are missing all the teeth in their lower or upper jaws have choices when it comes to replacing their teeth. One popular choice includes having a customized traditional denture made. Removable dentures allow patients to regain some oral abilities. Still, they have limitations such as coming loose and not fitting correctly over time.
An alternative treatment is to receive dental implants. This does not mean you would have more than a dozen single implants surgically placed throughout your upper or lower arch. Rather, the process would involve having a few implants precisely placed in your mouth and then waiting until the sites heal. Typically, healing takes up to six months. Afterwards, a prosthetic denture would be permanently or temporarily attached to your implants. Either way, you may find the wait time hard, especially if you want a complete smile immediately.
This is where All-on-4 dental implants can be an excellent option if you are a good candidate for them. The All-on-4 dental implant process allows for immediate loading of your titanium dental implants. That is, you would leave your periodontist’s office after surgery with a set of working replacement teeth that are anchored in place. Though you would need to take care of the implant site and follow proper guidelines, you would not need to wait months to see an instant aesthetic or functional improvement.
Is Everyone With Missing Teeth a Candidate for the All-on-4 System?
Professionals including periodontist, Dr. Andrew J. Weber, who has placed more than 34,000 implants in his career appreciates being able to introduce patients to the All-on-4 dental implant procedure! Nevertheless, not everyone will be a candidate right away for All-on-4. Patients with a lack of bone density or untreated periodontal disease will need additional treatments to improve their candidacy for the revolutionary All-on-4 process.
If you would rather not use traditional dentures but want to limit the time you have to wait to enjoy your new teeth, give our offices a call. You can make an appointment to discuss All-on-4 dental implants in our San Antonio, TX or New Braunfels, TX locations by contacting the compassionate Excellent Dental Specialists team at (210) 794-7747.