Recent advances in restorative dentistry technology have made dental implants the standard for replacing missing teeth. They once required a stable and strong bone foundation to create a successful dental implant result. This requirement eliminated many candidates or required extensive and costly 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 needing dentures. With this procedure, you can expect aesthetically pleasing results, as well as improved comfort, stability, and function compared to traditional dentures.
All-On-Four does not require perfectly stable bone structure for the implant process, opening dental implants to a broader group of patients. This allows patients who would have previously been ineligible for dental implants to get them. The procedure involves placing four strategically placed implants per arch to support a full set of permanent replacement teeth.
Patients with a nearly 99% long-term success rate report that dental implants offer a permanent, natural and comfortable solution to missing teeth.
Dr. Sowell will use state-of-the-art dental technology to produce a 3D computer image of your teeth, bone, and gums. This highly accurate and realistic image will help Dr. Sowell determine how to strategically place and angle four titanium posts for optimal results.
By understanding the appropriate angle to place the implant, Dr. Sowell can avoid previously damaged tissue and bone. The posts will be placed in healthy root canals providing more natural-feeling results.
Utilizing 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 is costly and requires many months of recovery before receiving dental implants.
With All-On-Four, Dr. Sowell will utilize the healthiest bone and tissue to secure the posts for long-lasting and durable dental implants. Once he secures the posts and the tissue heals around them, he will permanently attach your denture, bridge, or 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 implants offer several advantages. First, they tend to be more comfortable, as they are secure and drilled into the 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 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, if you’re interested in an alternative to traditional dentures that are designed to last a lifetime, All-on-Four implants may be a good option for you.
Request an All-On-Four Dental Implant Consultation Today
If you are suffering from missing teeth or are frustrated by your ill-fitting dentures or bridge, contact Dr. Sowell and our dental care team. 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 at your next visit to decide if this is the right treatment option for you. Contact our Plano, TX dentist office or schedule an appointment online.