All-on-4® Dental Implants: Enhance the Health, Function, and Appearance of Your Smile

If you have lost most or all of your teeth, it can be hard to eat, speak, and live a normal social life. Fortunately, there is a solution to restore the health, function, and appearance of your smile at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney. Drs. John M. Pinnix and George A. Betancourt provide state-of-the-art All-on-4® dental implants at their Charlotte, NC, office. Patients can receive an immediately loaded fixed prosthesis supported by four implants with this treatment. The procedure can be completed in just one office visit, making it a convenient and effective teeth replacement procedure.

All-on-4® Basics

Dentures are supported by just four implants in the All-on-4® treatment. Two implants are placed in the back of the dental arch, and two are placed in the front. It provides a permanent, implant-retained, complete replacement for the entire upper and lower set of teeth with a denture. Patients who have severe tooth decay, broken, chipped, or cracked teeth, or compromised teeth due to gum disease can achieve significant improvements in the health, function, and appearance of their smile with All-on-4® treatment.

The procedure can be completed in just one office visit, making it a convenient and effective teeth replacement procedure.

Tooth loss often leads to jawbone atrophy, which can lead to further tooth loss and oral complications. Additionally, the muscles on the face can begin to sag as you lose more teeth. In several cases, patients who want dental implants need to undergo bone grafting to rebuild the strength of the jawbone. The All-on-4® treatment does not require bone grafts in certain cases, as the posterior implants are inserted at an angle to maximize support from bone tissue. The anterior implants are inserted vertically. 

illustration of All-on-4 dental implant supported restorations

The All-on-4® treatment provides excellent periodontal support.

The All-on-4® Procedure

Either Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will perform a thorough dental cleaning and exam to determine your candidacy for the All-on-4® treatment. Once your candidacy has been determined, you will be guided to a comfortable operating chair and receive anesthetic to control pain. You can choose sedation dentistry to ensure optimal comfort and relaxation during the procedure. This approach is unique because it uses a fabricated metal guide to ensure precision when placing the implants. The implant screws will then be placed using the metal template. If you are eligible for immediate placement, your denture will be placed on the implant posts. Otherwise, you will receive a temporary denture until your jaw is strong enough to support the permanent restoration. 

Benefits

The benefits of All-on-4® treatment bridge the gap between restorative and cosmetic dentistry. These include:

  • Dramatically improved function
  • No clicking noise when eating and speaking
  • Results that can last a lifetime
  • Enhanced appearance of your smile
  • Easy maintenance
  • Improved confidence
  • Upgraded comfort
  • Bone grafting is not required for many patients
  • Minimal recovery time
  • Treatment can be completed in one visit

The All-on-4® technique is an effective solution for patients who do not qualify for regular dental implants and who do not want to undergo bone grafting.

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You do not have to live with the difficulties of missing teeth. Our dentists are among the most accomplished and highly skilled in the country and they want to help you achieve your healthiest smile. To schedule a consultation, or to see if All-on-4® is right for you, contact our office today.

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