Recent advances in restorative dentistry technology make dental implants the standard for replacing missing teeth. They once required a stable and strong jaw bone foundation to create a successful dental implant result. This requirement eliminated many candidates, or required extensive bone grafting.
Dr. Mark Sowell offers his Dallas area patients the All-On-Four dental implant procedure. All-on-Four implants are a revolutionary new solution for those that need dentures. With this procedure, you can expect aesthetically pleasing results compared to traditional dentures.
You will also notice improved comfort, stability, and better function! Our patients have a nearly 99% long-term success rate. Our dental implants offer a permanent, natural and comfortable solution to missing teeth.
The All-On-Four Process
All-On-Four does not require perfectly stable bone structure for the implant process. This opens dental implants as a viable procedure to a broader group of patients. The procedure starts with dental implant surgery. The surgery involves placing four strategically-placed implants per arch to support a full set of permanent replacement teeth.
Dr. Sowell will use state-of-the-art dental technology to produce a 3D computer image of your teeth, bone, and gums. The highly accurate image will help Dr. Sowell determine where to strategically place and angle the four titanium posts.
By understanding the appropriate angle to place the implant, Dr. Sowell can avoid previously damaged tissue and bone loss. He will place the posts in healthy root canals to provide natural-feeling results.
Using the healthiest tissue makes a better fitting, more natural result possible. This often allows Dr. Sowell to avoid extensive bone grafting. Bone grafting is an invasive procedure that requires many weeks of recovery before the dentist can place dental implants.
Dr. Sowell will use the healthiest bone and tissue to secure the posts to give you long-lasting and durable dental implants. Once he secures the posts and the tissue heals around them, he will permanently attach your denture, fixed bridge, or dental crown.
All-On-Four Vs. Dentures and Dental Bridges
As you may know, dentures are an excellent way to replace missing teeth and restore your smile. Unfortunately, traditional dentures tend to suffer from a few shortcomings. They can be uncomfortable, and require periodic relines and adjustments.
Traditional dentures can become ill-fitting over time, leading to slippage and difficulty with eating and speaking. A traditional dental bridge placement requires reducing the neighboring teeth to accommodate the restoration.
Compared to traditional dentures, All-on-Four implant-supported dentures offer several advantages. First, they tend to be much more comfortable because they attach directly to your jaw. This means they won’t slip or shift during normal activities like eating or speaking.
Second, All-on-Four implants also offer much greater stability than traditional dentures. The dentist securely anchors them to the jawbone. Lastly, they look and feel more natural than traditional dentures, as they replicate natural teeth.
With All-On-Four, Dr. Sowell can help give patients back their confidence and optimal oral health through a secure, stable smile. All-On-Four secures the dental bridge or full-arch dentures to the jaw bone using strategically-placed implant posts. Securing the dental appliance to the bone helps to maintain long-term bone and jaw structure.
Unlike dentures that need special cleaning, you can maintain All-On-Four dental implants just like your real teeth. All-On-Four implants require normal oral hygiene, including daily brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist office.
Of course, this type of implant procedure does require a significant investment in both time and money. However, All-on-Four implants last a lifetime and are the best alternative to traditional dentures.
Request an All-On-Four Dental Implant Consultation Today
Contact Dr. Sowell and our dental care team to replace your ill-fitting dentures or bridge. We welcome new patients and can answer your questions about how to get back a smile you feel good about. Be sure to discuss the risks, benefits, and costs associated with All-on-Four implants with Dr. Mark Sowell.
Dr. Sowell will help you decide if this is the right treatment option for you. Contact our Plano, TX, implant dentistry or schedule an appointment online.