Do you consider dental implants to be a modern procedure? Maybe this is a procedure that has been around for a couple of decades.
Well, did you know that ancient forms of dental implants were documented as far back as 4,000 years ago? Historically, pegs carved out of bamboo in China, iron teeth in Western Europe, and copper in Egypt were all used as ancient forms of dental implants. No matter what material was used, it looks like our ancestors knew the importance of replacing missing teeth.
If there was no tooth, the empty space could develop several issues like bone degradation or loss, disabled speech, premature wrinkling or sinking of the face, risk of oral infection, etc.
Dental implants are such an innovative and popular restorative procedure.
The modern single dental implant used today consists of three parts:
- Made of medical-grade titanium, the implant is placed into the jaw and acts as the new tooth root;
- An abutment is attached to the top of the implant and performs like an anchor between the implant and the crown;
- A crown is placed on top of the abutment and looks and functions like a natural tooth.
If you or someone you love is suffering from extensive tooth loss and is missing most of their teeth, the All-On-Four technique may be the best choice. This multiple dental implant solution acts on the basic principles of a single dental implant, except in most cases, it restores the entire mouth. With using 4 main dental implants, it is considered an efficient, stable, and life-long solution.
Advancements in modern dentistry have allowed dental professionals to ensure that dental implants have an extremely high success rate of about 96%, and the All-On-Four technique is no exception. This procedure is ideal for those who have multiple missing, broken, or decaying teeth. While individual dental implants can replace an individual tooth and act as the tooth root, the All-On-Four procedure replaces your entire upper or lower arch teeth using four specialized dental implants. Surprisingly, it is usually a quick surgical procedure with minimal recovery time, even though all of the teeth are being replaced. It delivers both the positive aesthetic and functional results that patients have been dreaming of.
To get additional information about the All-On-Four procedure, please contact Greater Philadelphia Oral Surgery to schedule a consultation to determine if you’re a candidate.