Dental implants are an excellent option for any form of tooth replacement, including molars. Traditional implants can replace anything from a single tooth to a full mouthful of teeth. With All-on-4 (permanent dentures) implants, a full denture can be secured with four implants. This denture is permanent, stationary, and looks like your natural teeth.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants use an artificial tooth root to support prosthetic teeth. The root is implanted directly in the jawbone. The bone bonds naturally to the implant—a phenomenon unique to the titanium used to construct the implant. Traditional implants have a separate artificial root for each individual tooth. The implant is allowed to heal so the bonding process can complete before the prosthetic tooth is placed on the implant.
Traditional implants require a healthy jawbone with sufficient bone tissue to support them. Without this bone mass, the implant cannot heal properly, and the implant procedure might prove unsuccessful. In your initial consultations, your dentist will evaluate your bone mass to see if traditional implants are a good option.
All-on-4 implants use a different technique designed to take advantage of your existing jawbone mass if you do not have sufficient bone for traditional implants. It uses four implants, which are placed at an angle to use the bone mass you do have. The four implants are used to anchor a permanent denture. The denture can be removed for cleaning, but otherwise remains stationary in your mouth, unlike traditional dentures, which can slip and move.
Dental implants, including All-on-4 (permanent dentures) implants, allow you to eat any foods you like, including crunchy fruits like apples and vegetables like corn on the cob, which are very difficult to eat comfortably with traditional dentures. The denture is constructed of tooth-colored materials that will look just like the teeth they are replacing. With implants, including All-on-4, you will have your original smile back, so you can be comfortable with your smile again.
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