Imagine a man who has lost most of his teeth. He may have a few at the top and bottom of his mouth, but they are isolated, weak, and are ready to fall out any day.
Now try to imagine this same man a few weeks later with what looks like a full set of teeth biting into corn on the cob, eating an apple, or chewing a piece of steak — medium rare just the way he likes it.
If this seems impossible, then we want you to schedule an appointment at Galleria of Smiles to learn about our full-mouth reconstruction. With the All-on-4® procedure, what we described above could happen for you or someone you love.
Dental implants have completely changed restorative dentistry, and All-on-4 allows patients to enjoy the benefits of implants sooner than ever.
It’s About More Than Your Smile
Traditional dentures can give you the appearance of a complete smile, but they aren’t as effective at restoring the power of your bite. This is especially true for people with full lower dentures.
The materials used to create modern dentures look more natural than they ever have. As long as they stay in place, you look like you have a complete set of real teeth.
The problem is that dentures rest outside of your gums. They aren’t anchored in place, such as your teeth were when they when you roots were embedded in your jawbone.
That connection didn’t just hold your teeth in place. It also allowed you to put power — around 250 pounds worth — behind your bite. This is why people can bite and chew comfortably when they have full sets of healthy teeth.
With dentures, you can restore some of that biting power — about 50 pounds worth, according to multiple studies. With practice, you can learn to eat some foods again, but even with denture adhesive, it’s difficult to take a satisfying bite of buttery corn on the cob.
If you want a natural-looking smile and the confidence to eat what you want again, then you owe it to yourself to learn what dental implants can do.
Back To The Roots
Alligators can regrow their missing teeth up to 50 times. Sharks can do this hundreds of times.
But people, we only get two sets of teeth naturally, and if our permanent teeth fall out, that’s it.
That said, people have used everything from ivory and animal bones to seashells and stones as replacements for teeth. Even into the 20th century, the biggest problem was that we only had good replacements for the crowns of our teeth.
A major breakthrough occurred in the 1960s, when a Swedish physician, Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark, placed the first set of dental implants in one of his patients. These implants replaced the roots of missing teeth.
Like roots, implants are embedded into your jawbone. A series of implants make dentures secure and stable, and they allow you to generate nearly as much force as someone with a full set of teeth.
Implant-supported dentures are the reason the example patient in our introduction is able to eat whatever he wants again.
But All-on-4 is the reason he is able to do it in such a short amount of time.
All-On-4: Saving Smiles & Saving Time
Since those first dental implants were placed more than 50 years ago, people have found ways to make implants even better. That includes finding more efficient techniques for placing those implants.
The traditional implant procedure was placing them and then waiting for your jawbone to heal completely, which could take months. When you are ready, a dentist would attach your dentures. Your smile would look natural, and you could regain nearly all the function of your real teeth.
With All-on-4, you can begin enjoying some of those benefits the day you get your implants. With this technique, we carefully place four dental implants in your jaw so you get the maximum support from each of them. This allows us to attach set of temporary dentures before you leave our office.
As your heal, your bite will get stronger, and before you know it, you’ll be eating as comfortably as you could when you still had all your teeth.