It’s vitally important to care for your teeth throughout your life so that they will be healthy and strong when you need them most. However, aging is simply one of those things that no one can do much about.
As we age, our teeth age with us. Older teeth are more susceptible to disease and decay. They tend to be more brittle and more easily damaged as well. These realities often lead to many who are missing several or most of their teeth.
If you or a friend or loved one are looking for a great way to restore your full smile again, we have many available solutions! The world of dentistry has advanced rapidly and miraculously into areas of restorative treatments, including fixed implant dentures.
Using fixed implant denture technology—such as the All-on-4® Treatment Concept—we can restore your complete smile at Weinberg Dentistry!
What Are Dental Implants?
Many people incorrectly think that the term “dental implant” refers to the prosthetic device that takes the place of your missing tooth or teeth. The reality is that dental implants are made up of three distinct pieces that work together to function as a whole restorative device.
- The first part is the actual dental implant post or screw. This is situated deep down below the gumline and acts as a tooth root.
- The second piece is known as the abutment. It attaches to the dental implant post.
- The final piece is placed on top of the abutment. This is the dental prosthetic that can be a crown, a bridge, or a full set of fixed implant dentures—like the All-on-4® Treatment Concept.
What Are Fixed Implant Dentures?
While individual implants work well for patients who are missing one or two teeth, what about a full mouth of missing teeth? This is where fixed implants dentures can make all the difference!
Traditional dentures require a bit of suction to stay in place, or they can be held more firmly in place with denture adhesive. However, more often than not, patients have experienced difficulty keeping the teeth properly in place with traditional dentures.
Fixed implant dentures, on the other hand, are a very lifelike set of teeth held securely in place with strategically placed dental implants. When you use the All-on-4® Treatment Concept, we can restore a full row of teeth with only four implants.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are a great solution for filling gaps in smiles and restoring whole sets of missing teeth. They are designed to look and act just like a normal tooth, complete with a tooth root securing them in position.
If you have existing natural teeth, gaps in your smile can lead to your teeth shifting around to fill the gaps. This can cause your teeth to experience more wear and tear than they normally would. It will also mean your smile will look less uniform as your teeth spread out. Implants can prevent that from happening.
Implants also promote bone growth and density in your jaw, something that natural tooth roots do automatically. Having an implant placed will keep the bone in that area from deteriorating, which naturally happens without a tooth root to stimulate and support the bone.
Dental Implants Procedure
Planning and preparing to have a dental implant placed could involve the help of various specialists. This type of surgery is performed in stages with necessary time for healing in between each stage. The steps for placing a single dental implant include:
- Removal of any existing tooth.
- Jawbone preparation.
- Placing the implant.
- Bone growth and healing.
- Placing the abutment.
- Placing the dental prosthetic.
Because of the healing time needed between stages, the entire process may take weeks to months from start to finish.
Because missing teeth can lead to jawbone shrinkage, some patients with missing teeth will have less than the required amount of bone density in their jaw to support dental implants. Luckily, you can still be a candidate for dental implants thanks to a bone graft.
Dr. Weinberg can take bone from another part of your jaw and place it where you need the implant to strengthen your tooth restoration.
Placing Fixed Implant Dentures
Having a set of fixed dentures placed is going to be a similar process to the one explained above. The main difference is that for patients needing full sets of teeth restored, you can leave the appointment with some sort of temporary prosthetic device in place to restore functionality.
Or, If you’re looking for a faster restoration, you can also get the All-on-4® Treatment Concept, which can restore your teeth in a day!
The All-on-4® Treatment Concept
Advances in dental technology have enabled us to use and create different types of dental implants to meet the needs of individual patients. Each type of implant was created to meet the individual needs of our patients.
The All-on-4® Treatment concept, or fixed implant dentures are full sets of teeth supported with just four perfectly placed implants on both upper and lower jaw. Because of its ingenious design, the All-on-4® Treatment offers many benefits, including the following:
- Less invasive procedure. With the All-on-4® Treatment Concept, you get a full set of implant-supported dentures without having to get a separate dental implant for each replaced tooth.
- Supported jaw and facial structure. Even though you don’t have an implant for each tooth, the four implants supporting either tooth arch are enough to stimulate your jawbone and keep it from shrinking away. This keeps your facial structure strong and prevents a prematurely aged appearance.
- Faster results. The All-on-4® Treatment Concept allows you to have your teeth restored in a single day in many cases! Dr. Weinberg will be able to tell you in your consultation if you qualify for teeth in a day.
- Natural look and feel. All-on-4® Treatment Concept dentures are a type of implant-supported teeth. This means they offer stable support and function that can handle all the foods you used to love without slipping or sliding out of place! You can also brush and floss them just like normal teeth.
You can trust our team at Weinberg Dentistry to provide you with the highest quality care and treatment we can give in your dental implants. Patients living in the West Palm Beach, FL, area can expect the very best in dental implant technology from us. We’ll work with you and your needs to determine the right kind of dental implants for your smile.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are designed to last years, just like your natural, normal teeth would. With the proper care and maintenance, your implants themselves––the tooth root replacement––will last upwards of 20 years.
The dental prosthetic devices situated on top of the abutment will likely experience normal wear and tear and need to be replaced sooner. With high quality dental crowns and dentures, the restorations should still last longer than 10–15 years in most cases.
How Much Do Fixed Implant Dentures Cost?
Your dental implants or fixed implant dentures will depend on your individual case. Things that affect cost include the following:
- Your insurance.
- If a bone graft is needed.
- Whether you opt for the All-on-4® Treatment Concept or another type of implant denture.
- If any other type of restoration is needed in addition to your denture procedure.
Discuss the costs with our team at Weinberg Dentistry. Prices and options can vary, and we may be able to offer you financing opportunities as well.
Find All-on-4® Treatment Concept Dental Implants Near You With Weinberg Dentistry
Discover what we can do to transform and restore your smile at Weinberg Dentistry! Patients in the area shouldn’t have to live in fear or pain or experience any level of anxiety about their smile. Our All-on-4® Treatment Concept fixed denture implants might be the perfect way to restore your smile.
Contact us today to learn more about this restorative dental procedure or to schedule a consultation appointment. We’re looking forward to working with you and restoring your smile!