How Are All-On-4 Dental Implants Different from Fixed Dental Bridges?
All-On-4 dental implants are in many ways similar to dental bridges. All-On-4 dental implants use a row of replacement teeth, similar to how bridges also use a set of replacement teeth. However, fixed dental bridges differ in a number of critical ways. First, dental bridges cannot be used to replace an entire arch or row of teeth like All-On-4 dental implants. Dental bridges are typically used to replace one or a few teeth at most.
Dental bridges, while sturdy, are still not as sturdy as All-On-4 dental implants. All-On-4 teeth are secured via dental implants that are screwed into the jawbone. The implants become fused with the bone, making them exceptionally sturdy. Fixed dental bridges, on the other hand, are typically secured using crowns or small “wings” that are adhered to the back of adjacent teeth.
What Is the All-On-4 Dental Implants Process?
We first welcome you to our friendly practice for your initial consultation, which includes photographs, X-rays, and impressions of your mouth. Our esteemed dentist, Dr. Barkhordar, will then work with you to develop an individualized All-On-4 implant treatment plan.
During your next appointment, we will use the latest technology to expertly place your implants. The posterior implants are tilted during the placement to ensure a strong fit into your bone. A temporary and comfortable bridge will be placed to allow your mouth to heal and your implants to stabilize.
You will come back to our office over the next few months so we can check your healing process. After your mouth is fully healed, your permanent bridge will be placed, and you can now enjoy your gorgeous new smile!