When you’ve had to have all of the upper or lower teeth removed due to dental health concerns, you may be considering dental implants. While the prospect of having implants inserted in your jaw to replace your missing teeth may seem daunting, it only takes four implants per upper or lower portion to restore a full set of beautiful teeth. Tooth loss is an incredibly common occurrence, with more than 35 million people in the United States have lost all of their upper or lower teeth. Full Dental Restoration using all-on-four implants is the solution that can give them back a beautiful smile.
Four Implants Per Arch Can Do It All
The idea of four simple implants replacing an entire arch of teeth may seem remarkable, but it helps to know what an implant is and how it works. “Implant” is the industry term for a titanium screw that is firmly set into your jawbone as a replacement for your natural root. Inserting these implants involves a minor surgery followed by a period of healing. After the implant is secured in place and has healed appropriately, a prosthetic known as a ‘crown’ is put in place mounted on the implant.
When an entire arch needs replacing, a full arch prosthesis can be created that can be mounted on just four of these implants. This prosthetic is designed to closely mirror the appearance of natural teeth, and in many cases, are indistinguishable from them without close inspection. Once set in place, these implants with their attached prosthetic can serve as a beautiful and functional replacement for your natural teeth. In the event that all of your upper and lower teeth are lost, a total of eight implants, four upper and four lower, can fully restore your beautiful smile.