Missing teeth can make you self-conscious and not want to show off your smile. There are many options for replacing them, but how do you know which one is right for you? Dr. David J. Weinstock, a dentist in Bala Cynwyd, PA, offers a procedure called All-On-4. Read more to discover if this is the right tooth replacement option for you.
What is All-On-4?
All-On-4 is a procedure that combines dental implants and dentures. It provides a cheaper option than a full arch of dental implants but gives the stability and security that they provide. Instead of being removable dentures, the denture will secure to four dental implants that are placed in the jawbone. More dental implants will be used if they’re needed to make it a perfect fit.
Why Choose All-On-4?
For starters, All-On-4 gives you back the full function of your mouth and bite. Unlike traditional dentures, you don’t have to worry about dietary restrictions. The implants give you the stability to bite and chew foods. You can also use a regular oral healthcare routine. You don’t have to use adhesive to secure the teeth or take them out to clean them.
If you’re ineligible for dental implants due to a lack of bone for support, you may be able to get this procedure instead. It requires less bone to support the implants as they’re placed in very strategic places in the jaw. It’s also cheaper and quicker than the traditional dental implant procedure. You’ll get a full new set of teeth that look natural and fit well with your smile and face.
Why Choose Dr. Weinstock?
Dr. Weinstock is a particularly good choice to perform this procedure. He’s experienced in prosthodontics, which is designing, making, and fitting artificial tooth replacements. At the University of Pennsylvania, he completed a three-year program in perio-prostheses. This gives him extensive training in the treatment of cases that involve missing teeth and restoring patients’ smiles.
The All-On-4 Procedure
This procedure is extremely precise and is planned extensively before it’s performed. Dr. Weinstock will have a consultation with each individual patient to plan out their treatment, using the healthy bone they have to secure the implants that will support the denture. Using advanced dental technology, Dr. Weinstock will find the precise points that are the most promising for implants.
The surgical portion of the procedure follows. At precise angles, the dental implants will be placed in your jawbone. To make sure the denture is even, two implants will be towards the back, and two will be towards the front. A temporary restoration will be given to you while the implants heal. They’ll need about 3-6 months to complete the fusion process with your jawbone.
Once healing is complete, Dr. Weinstock will craft a permanent denture for you. Using his expertise and working with the goals of the patient for their smile, he’ll make something that’s perfect for your mouth and face. The color, size, and shape of the teeth can be customized to be what you’re looking for.
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