While dentures are effective at restoring an individual’s eating and speaking abilities, they do have limitations – they can shift and limit certain foods that can be enjoyed. A great alternative for denture wearers is the All-on-Four dental implant treatment, which completely restores the look and function as well as the feel of healthy natural teeth. At Richmond Hill Smiles, we are happy to offer this treatment to the patients of Richmond Hill, Ontario.
Dental implants can support more than one tooth restoration, which means that they can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. All-on-Four is a dental implant procedure that can restore a full line of teeth (on the top, bottom, or both lines) using just four precisely-placed implants.
The All-on-Four dental implant treatment will take two dental visits to complete. During the first appointment, the implants themselves will be placed in the jawbone. Your dentist in Richmond Hill, Ontario will make an incision into the gum line over where the implants will be placed to access the underlying bone and prepare it for the implant. The small metal posts will then be inserted into the bone, the gum tissue will be stitched over the site, and the whole area will be left alone for several months. This time allows the implants to fuse into the bone to eventually be able to act as tooth roots. Temporary dentures will be placed during this time to maintain the appearance of your smile.
Once the implant has fully fused with the jawbone (this takes approximately four months), you will return to your dentist office to have the dental prosthetic fixed to the implants. You can then enjoy your full restoration and use them just as you would natural teeth – dental implants can be used for eating and speaking just like natural teeth and require the same cleaning routine, with daily brushing.
If you have been using dentures to restore a full line of teeth and you are tired of using adhesives and being limited in your diet, make an appointment at Richmond Hill Smiles in Richmond Hill, Ontario to speak with your dentist about whether the All-on-Four treatment is right for you.