Serving Patients of Erwin, Jonesborough, and Greeneville, TN
Are you living with lost teeth or currently wearing dentures and are unhappy with your replacement teeth? If so, your ability to eat a varied diet may be affected. You also may deal with a loss of confidence, because you are aware of the gap left by your teeth, or are embarrassed by your ill-fitting dentures, and therefore hesitant to smile.
Just a few lost teeth can have a negative impact on your way of life, but in fact, millions of Americans currently are living without all of their teeth. The good news is that state-of-the-art dental practices in Greeneville like Tusculum Dental Care can install a full set of replacement teeth in just one day thanks to the revolutionary All-on-4 Implant System.
What is All-on-4 and how does it work?
A huge step forward in restorative dentistry, the All-on-4 system also referred to as Teeth in a Day consists of these components:
- Four dental implants, installed at strategic locations in the mouth.
- A fixed bridge of replacement teeth, which will be designed to match the color of your gum line and the replacement teeth will look stunning, just like natural teeth.
A traditional dental implant procedure involves a six-month healing period after the implants are installed before receiving your final restoration. The All-on-4 system, however, takes a day to receive permanent replacement teeth.
- First, our digital impression system takes images of your mouth, which are used as a model to fabricate your replacement teeth.
- After receiving a local anesthetic, we install the four implants into your mouth, removing any remaining teeth, if necessary, that are severely damaged or decayed.
- Later in the day, once your replacement teeth have been constructed, the fixed bridge of replacement teeth is attached to the four implants providing anchors for support.
A diet of soft foods is recommended for 48-72 hours after receiving the All-on-4 system. Otherwise, a patient who receives these implants can resume their normal routine the day after the procedure.
Benefits of All-on-4
In most cases, patients who receive All-on-4 implants do not have to undergo any of the following:
- Bone grafting
- Sinus lift
- Incisions or suture placement
- Lengthy recovery time
Especially when compared to receiving dental implants to replace each missing tooth, the All-on-4 system is considered to be less invasive and more economical. And, when compared to other tooth replacement options such as dentures, the All-on-4 Implant System is more stable and restores a higher percentage of chewing ability—up to 90 percent. Also, since the replacement teeth are fixed in the mouth, maintaining them is as easy as brushing twice per day and flossing daily.
Am I a good candidate for All-on-4?
All-on-4 implants usually are recommended for patients who already have lost all their teeth or have been diagnosed with “hopeless” teeth—defined as those damaged so badly due to tooth decay, injury, or genetics that they are beyond repair. The All-on-4 system also may be a treatment option for current denture wearers who have become dissatisfied or that are looking for a permanent tooth replacement.
Approximately four out of every five patients who undergo the All-on-4 installation previously were told they were not viable candidates to receive standard dental implants due to substantial jawbone loss. They are usually eligible for the All-on-4 implants because this procedure entails placing mini implants into the frontal area of the jaw, which has a higher density.
At Tusculum Dental Care, your local Greeneville implant dentists believe cost never should be the deciding factor in determining the level of care that you receive. As a result, we accept several different forms of payment, including third party financing that fits into about any household budget.
Implant Dentists in Greeneville
Even if you have lost all the teeth, Tusculum Dental Care can restore your smile and your way of life through the All-on-4 Implant System. To find out more or schedule a consultation, call our office at (423) 639-7575.
Tusculum Dental Care is here to serve patients in the areas of Greeneville, Jonesborough, and Erwin, Tennessee.