By Dr. Collier on November 30, 2016
If you are missing some or all your teeth, you may have heard that dental implants are the best tooth-replacement option available. They replace the missing tooth structure in its entirety to provide stable restorations and improve oral health. Unfortunately, not all patients qualify for traditional dental implants. For this reason, Southern Dental Implant Center offers an alternative: All-on-4® dental implants. Patients wondering if they are an All-on-4® candidate can find out during a consultation at our Memphis, TN, office.
Reasons You Might Not Qualify for Dental Implants
There are a number of different qualifications you must meet for dental implants. The primary qualification is a sufficient amount of bone tissue to support the implants. Unfortunately, many patients who have been missing teeth for a while have lost quite a bit of bone density. In order to improve bone density and qualify for dental implants, a patient would have to have a bone graft.
A bone graft, however, not only adds an additional surgery (and recovery time) to the dental implant process, but it also increases the costs as well. Dental implants are not a cheap restorative solution. Needing an additional surgery could make the procedure unaffordable for some patients. For others, they simply are not healthy enough to undergo multiple surgeries.
All-on-4® implants are ideal for patients missing all of their teeth in their upper or lower jaw, or both. The implants used with the All-on-4® method are slightly smaller than traditional implants. They are also inserted at an angle, so less bone density is needed for support.
To ensure you qualify for this implant method, our doctors will take x-rays of your jaw and assess your oral and overall health. If a lack of bone density and your budget were the only things keeping you from getting dental implants, it is likely that you will make a good candidate for All-on-4® implants.
You are probably a good candidate for All-on-4® implants if you want:
- Greater stability and functionality from your dentures
- To stop further bone loss in your jaw
- Freedom from having to remove your dentures to clean them each night,
- An affordable alternative to traditional implants,
Candidates for All-on-4® can feel confident in their decision to choose this alternative. This methodology provides the same stability and oral health benefits as traditional dental implants. Once the implants are in place, we will attach your denture(s). This makes the dentures non-removable, which prevents them from ever slipping out of place or feeling loose or uncomfortable.
Find Out if All-on-4® Implants Are Right for You
If you want a more stable solution for your dentures but have been told you are not a candidate for traditional dental implants, you might qualify for All-on-4® implants. To find out if you are a good All-on-4® candidate, contact Southern Dental Implant Center today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our expert dentists. We will thoroughly discuss your treatment goals, needs, and budget to find the perfect implant solution for you. Our goal is to ensure all our patients can enjoy the comfort and stability of an implant-supported denture.
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