What are all-on-four dental implants?

iStock 1172711906 The loss of all the teeth in the dental arch can be extremely problematic, not only for the aesthetics of the smile, but the function. While full dentures are an option for many patients, Dr. Joseph Cavallo finds that others may want a more sturdy, conservative option that doesn’t cover the roof of their mouth. In situations such as this, he may suggest that Woodbridge, VA area patients consider the benefits of the all-on-four dental implants solution. 

What are dental implants? 

Dr. Joseph Cavallo describes the dental implant as a small titanium screw that is placed surgically into the jawbone. The jawbone supports the placement of the implant and grows around it during a process called osseointegration. The dental implant is then stable for placement of an abutment above the gumline, used to anchor restorations such as dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures. With all-on-fours, four dental implants are placed strategically along the dental arch and used to attach a conservative bridge-like denture to replace all the teeth in the smile efficiently. 

Who is a candidate for all-on-four dental implants? 

If you believe you are a good candidate for the all-on-four dental implants, it is critical that you schedule a consultation appointment. During this time, our team will take x-rays of the mouth to determine if the jawbone is healthy enough to place implants. During this time, we will speak to you about the expectations of the procedure and final restoration. With the surgical placement of the dental implants, proper sedation and anesthetics are used to ensure patient comfort. Once the implants have been stabilized during the healing process within the jawbone, the prosthetic teeth are created and placed. Patients are educated on how to keep their implant-supported dentures clean and functional to ensure longevity. 

Schedule time to speak to Dr. Joseph Cavallo regarding all-on-four dental implants 

Are you unhappy with full dentures? Consider the benefits of the all-on-four dental implants. These implant-retained dentures have more strength and stability while ensuring confidence in enjoying all your favorite foods! We welcome you to call the office at (703) 490-5888 to schedule an evaluation at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive. We are open to new and returning patients in the area of Woodbridge, VA and beyond!