What Are ‘All-On-4′ Dental Implants?

All-on-4 is a specialized treatment procedure targeted at replacing conventional dentures and sustaining implants. Conventional dentures are false teeth, medically known as prostheses, placed onto the upper and lower jaws. These teeth are easily removable and are often used for replacing missing teeth.

Loss of natural teeth often calls for conventional dentures. This loss can be attributed to tooth decay, injury, poor hygiene, tooth disease, and so on. Conventional dentures can be used for partial or total teeth replacement.

However, conventional dentures bring along a lot of complications to the table. First, the procedure is time-consuming. The prostheses can be fit only after the gum has healed. This may take anywhere between a few weeks to a few months.

Second, conventional dentures are largely dependent on your bone health. Low bone volume, bone deficiencies, and lack of sufficient bone tissue, may hinder the use of conventional dentures. Furthermore, bone grafting may be required in some cases, adding up to further complications and risks. Prolonged recovery time associated with bone grafting often has individuals opting out of the procedure.

Other complications include severe pain, difficulty in chewing and biting food, excess salivation, discomfort, irritation, soreness, and several visits to the dentist.

The All-on-4 is a novel, sustainable procedure that overcomes all these complications associated with conventional dentures. On the surface, the All-on-4 involves placing four titanium fixtures that form the base of your prostheses. These fixtures can be easily used for both partial and total replacement. Furthermore, the procedure serves as an instant replacement for the lost teeth, thus saving a lot of time and money.

We give you the top five reasons on why the All-on-4 procedure is your answer to all tooth-replacement problems:

  1.  Unique design:  The titanium fixtures are placed onto the jaws in a particular angle. Two fixtures are placed straight at the front, and two fixtures are placed slightly behind the first two in a tilted position. This unique design allows for better placement of prostheses. The anchorage is improved, providing superior support. Normal fixtures are fit vertically. The unique tilt design of the All-on-4 fixtures is more accommodating, thus countering the obstacles faced by dentists in placing molar implants.
  2. Ease of procedure: The All-on-4 procedure can be easily applied and suits all ages. Once the fixtures are set, the prostheses can be immediately fitted on the same day, without having to wait for months for gum healing. The biggest advantage is the non-visibility of the fixtures on smiling, and the prostheses are set perfectly in place.
  3. Sense of comfort:  The procedure can be completely painless and complete restoration can be achieved using only four fixtures. Furthermore, there’s no experience of side effects such as soreness and irritation. The teeth can be customized as per your requirements and convenience.
  4. Maximized functioning: The All-on-4 procedure maximizes the use of the available bone tissue and allows instant use. This is particularly favorable for those with terminal non-restorable condition. In this condition, the bone tissue is damaged beyond repair. The usual treatment option in such cases is bone grafting. Bone grafting is a complex medical procedure, wherein the bone tissue is regenerated through bone transplant. The donor could be the patient himself or a donated bone. However, the procedure is painful, can cause inflammation, and recovery is usually longer. Implants fitted using the All-on-4 procedure have a longer life and are optimally supported by the jaw and the neighboring gum tissue. Furthermore, they preserve the health of your original gum tissue and the surrounding bone. Bone grafting is, therefore, not required, thereby avoiding the need for bone augmentation. The procedure is comparatively simpler and painless, thus making teeth replacement a smooth experience.
  5. Cost effective: The procedure is relatively inexpensive compared with other teeth replacement techniques. In addition, since the prostheses are available on the same day as fixation, it avoids unnecessary visits to the dentists.

However, this treatment requires a sophisticated approach, and we at the Sterling Dental Clinic specialize in catering sophistication. With our panel of experts, you can easily avail the All-on-4 treatment as per your needs. Our specialists will acquaint you with everything you need to know about the All-on-4 procedure, the cost, the added benefits, and so on. We genuinely look forward to serve you better.

Cosmetic Concerns? You have a lot of treatment options

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Cosmetic concerns? There are a lot of treatment options.

The only person who looks like a million bucks without teeth is a baby. However, the rest of us are always under the scanner for our looks, always. Earlier it was just the clothes or the way you carried yourself. Teeth were only an aspect of hygiene; not something that you’d probably pay attention to otherwise.

However, times have changed and so has the definition for style and beauty. Everyone is increasingly conscious of how they look and feel and rightly so. There’s nothing more comforting than feeling confident about the way you are and how you carry yourself. You’ve got to sparkle, you see.

And what better than flashing that darling smile. You can win a million hearts with that one stroke. Just flash them pearlies and spread the glow. All this is possible if you pay a little more attention to yourself, your teeth in particular. You may be thinking, you are fine the way you are, and we agree no one knows you better than you — but hey, a little scale-up wouldn’t hurt.

Innovations in medicine have revolutionized treatment and surgical options. This has also given rise to numerous niche fields that now cater to your custom needs; cosmetic dentistry being one of them. Pioneers in biomedicine research have led to the generation of high-end devices and dental practices that can rework and refurbish everything from a broken tooth to lost sheen. Furthermore, all these options can be customized as per your needs, and the procedures are safe and cost-effective.

Cosmetic dentistry covers a broad range of dental treatments. These treatments can be permanent or temporary based on the condition of your teeth. The basic treatments include teeth whitening, crowns, tooth-colored fillings, and so on. Specialized treatments include cosmetic contouring, dental implants, tooth jewelry, and so on.

Teeth whitening or dental bleaching involves restoration of normal tooth color. Owing to structural changes and mineral composition, teeth darken with age. The porosity of the enamel increases, coupled with phosphate deficiency. In addition, a lot of factors cause teeth discoloration, of which food and lifestyle habits are the major culprits. Those of you who smoke or have high caffeine intake, yellowing of teeth is a constant concern.

Teeth whitening can be of two types: at-home or in-office.

The at-home technique, as the name implies, is a DIY method in which you may use commercial lightening products or bleaching techniques that enable effective decoloration. However, it is recommended that you visit your dentist to avail better results and avoid any unwanted results or effects that may ensue. You sure don’t want your teeth to look like a light saber at any cost.

In the in-office technique, a whitening product is applied to your teeth, which is generally composed of a harmless and effective bleaching agent. Based on your requirements, these products can be used in combination with heat, light, or a laser. Furthermore, a tray comprising your teeth impression may be designed by your dentist such that you can continue the treatment at home. The treatment may last for a couple of weeks and may call for a round of visits depending on the need.

However, you do need to remember that the stain may reappear if continue to indulge in the same habits that cause discoloration. Regular oral hygiene may facilitate their maintenance.

Just as a crown adores a king’s head, dental crowns help you attain that perfect shape for your teeth. Chipped tooth, cavity, severely discolored teeth, disfigured teeth, supporting your teeth, covering a dental implant can all be treated using crowns.

Crowns can be composed of metals like stainless steel, all-porcelain or all-ceramic, porcelain-to-metal — you name it, we have it for you. Crowning involves an initial examination by the dentist to determine the health of the teeth and its surrounding jaw and estimating the risk involved (if any). Under local anesthesia, an impression of the tooth and the gum tissue is obtained of the teeth receiving the crown. Once the said crown is generated in the laboratory, the dentist will determine the shade of your teeth that closely resembles the neighboring teeth and fix it accordingly. The crown may be further supported using building material to close any gaps.

Fillings are the most preferred option for cavities. Tooth decay or minor dents may be easily fixed using fillings. Like we said earlier, cosmetic dentistry spoils you with its wide range of options. Based on your need, you can choose the filling you prefer and take your dentist’s take on what works best for you. Fillings may be temporary or permanent based on the condition of your teeth.

Despite the option you choose, always make sure you take your cue from us at the Sterling Dental Clinic for obtaining the best results. After all, a smile is all that it takes sometimes.