Dental implants can make a huge difference for some dental patients with complex needs have tried everything, and nothing seems to work. No matter what they do and no matter how hard they try to maintain their dental treatment, all of it seems to fail. For patients who suffer from severe tooth decay, severe bruxism, chronically abscessed teeth, several missing teeth, etc. the options can often be expensive and time consuming. Some patients have what I call “dental burnout”. They’ve already spent so much time and money on their teeth they don’t know what to do any more. They quit coming to the dentist regularly because it always seems to be bad news.
Conventional removable dentures are sometimes a quick fix for these patients, but constant adjustment and maintenance is often necessary. Most current denture patients will tell you that you just can’t function with the same confidence you once had when your teeth are removable. You can’t eat the foods you once enjoyed. Even if you can eat something, it doesn’t taste the same! You can’t sing or speak with the confidence you once had. It’s just simply not a great solution.
There is a solution for patients with extensive dental needs, and it’s called All on Four Dental Implants.
All On Four – Dental Implants
The revolutionary All on Four treatment concept is a new, exciting alternative for patients considering dentures or who have extensive dental problems that would require years to fix. The All on Four treatment approach uses four dental implant anchors in the jaw to support a fixed, non-removable prosthesis. Only your dentist can take it out, which is fantastic! All of the diseased teeth in your mouth can be replaced with a beautiful prosthetic set, and the implants not only lock it in, they help to keep the bone in your jaw intact.
Once the final prosthesis is attached, you become a regular dental patient. Stop by to be examined once or twice a year to make sure everything is looking great. Throw away your denture adhesives and cup you put your dentures in on the nightstand or bathroom sink. Smile and eat with confidence that nothing is going to fall out.
One of the best things about the All on Four treatment is how fast everything can be done. Tradition treatment plans involving dental implants can take up to eighteen months to complete. After a few consultations and record taking appointments, an All on Four treatment can be scheduled and delivered in just a matter of weeks. You may have seen some advertisement or heard the phrase “teeth in a day”. This is a popular term that is sometimes being used to describe this procedure. While this terminology does oversimplify things just a little bit, a patient can literally be transformed on the day of delivery.
For those familiar with All on Four/”Teeth in Day”, there are a lot of misconceptions out there. One misconception regarding the All on Four with dental implants treatment is that it can only be performed by the big corporate chains that advertise this treatment option exclusively. This is not true. Your general dentist works with a surgeon and a dental lab that are able to perform this great service for you at the same cost as the big chains. The benefit to having the procedure done with your dentist is you will continue to receive the care, attention to detail, service, and follow up that you’re used to. The chains in San Antonio that offer this service don’t offer hygiene services and oral cancer screenings that are still imperative to your dental health. Your general dentist offers these services.
If you think you’re a candidate for the procedure, or you just want to learn more about it to help someone you know, contact your general dentist to see if it is something they offer. It is truly a life changing treatment option. If you are in San Antonio, our dentists would be happy to help you!