When you lose all of your teeth, life becomes more difficult. Adults with tooth loss find it difficult, even painful, to eat. Many adults talk about not going out in public, or attending family dinners, because they are embarrassed to eat.
Adults with major tooth loss don’t smile or laugh, out of embarrassment. If you have suffered from major tooth loss, and you are embarrassed and in pain, you need to know there are solutions available for you. The All-on-4® Treatment Concept is one of the most innovative procedures in dentistry and is available for you here at Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery to give you your smile back.
What Are Dental Implants?
If you suffer from major tooth loss, you’ll want to think about dental implants. In the past, if you had major tooth loss, your only option was dentures. A dentist would remove your remaining teeth, and after your mouth healed, you would be fitted with dentures. Dentures were revolutionary when they were first developed in the 1700s, but there are drawbacks. Dentures may not fit in your mouth properly, and some adults that wear dentures suffer from blisters and mouth sores from improperly fitting dentures.
Most importantly, adults who wear dentures may suffer from bone loss in their jaw. This is because when you lose all of your teeth, your body realizes you no longer need as much jawbone, because you no longer have teeth that need to be supported. This can cause your jaw shape to change, and your face to look older than it is.
Dental implants solve a lot of issues with your mouth. First, dental implants are a permanent fixture in your mouth, so you don’t remove them at night. Dental implants look and act very much like natural teeth, so no one will know you are wearing implants. The most important reason dental implants are so amazing is that it helps save your jawbone. Implants screw directly into your jawbone, and your jawbone thinks they are your natural teeth. This means your gum tissue and jawbone remain the same, and you get a great smile as a reward.
What Are All-on-4 Dental Implants?
There are many kinds of dental implants. Dentists can use dental implants to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire mouthful of teeth. With All-on-4 dental implants, the dentist will implant four screws for your top teeth, and four screws for your bottom teeth. An entire set of teeth will be implanted using the screws that rest in your jawbone. Once those have healed, a dentist will then place your implants.
If you are suffering from tooth loss, the All-on-4 implant procedure could be perfect for you. Get in touch with us today here at Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery and schedule an appointment to talk about your implant procedure by calling us at (208) 343-0909.