For a few decades now, patients have been taking advantage of the latest tooth replacement method available, dental implants. These tiny posts really aren’t intended to replace teeth themselves; they are essentially root replacements. Early on, the tooth-replacement technique was widely used as an alternative to bridgework, replacing one or two teeth at a time. Now, patients are realizing just how versatile implant treatment can be. An example is the All-on-4 technique that has become popular in recent years.
All-on-Four Dental Implants
Just as it sounds, this technique is used when denture stabilization is necessary – and when isn’t it? One of the major pitfalls of dentures is that instability that results from the absence of roots. What has been discovered is that, in many cases, placing four implants in strategic positions across the arch, a dentist is able to seat a full-arch denture for permanent use.
To stabilize dentures with implants is not complicated. The procedure itself is performed in a single visit here in our office. Local anesthetic is used to create a fully comfortable experience. Prior to that visit, a thorough consultation and examination is conducted. It is important to know what to expect from the procedure, during recovery, and for the lifetime of the denture.
Many people perceive the entire process of implant placement as complicated. This is not the case. The procedure is mapped out ahead of time using images and radiographs that guide the placement of each implant post. Following the procedure, mild discomfort, if it does occur, can be eased with over-the-counter pain relievers. Most patients are able to go back to their normal routine the next day, wearing temporary dentures while their implants heal in the bone.
If you are ready to jump into 21st Century tooth-replacement, we invite you to learn more about dental implants and the All-on-4 technique for denture stabilization. In a consultation visit, an examination of your teeth and dental arch will provide us with the details we need to ensure you get the results you want.
Call (281) 486-8061 for friendly, professional care in our Houston dental office.