Dental implants are stronger than any healthy tooth. That means they can handle more pressure and support larger designs of restorations. And when our Tulsa, OK implant dentists places them at strategic points in your mouth, we can use as few as four in total to anchor a full-arch hybrid appliance. We call this extended bridge or denture an "All-on-4" appliance.
Instead of wearing a full denture that rests against your gums or snaps over dental implants, an All-on-4® looks more like a curved, "U"-shaped restoration that follows the natural contour of your smile. There's no bulky plate to cover the roof of your mouth.
The All-on-4® is designed for maximum aesthetics. You can specify what color, shape, and size you want your new teeth to look like. Along the teeth is pink porcelain or acrylic that's shaded and shaped to mimic healthy gum tissues. That way when you smile, you'll be able to show off a set of straight, white teeth.
And even though the All-on-4® is replacing all of your teeth (in that arch) at once, it's only secured on top of four implants in total. Again, since implants are so strong, they're capable of safely securing a multi-tooth restoration.
The ideal All-on-4® implant candidate will need to replace all of their teeth in one arch. It may be that they're already wearing a traditional denture or need to have several teeth extracted due to an underlying issue. Candidates will have healthy bone levels and be free of active periodontal disease.
Call our Tulsa implant specialist today to reserve a consultation and find out if All-on-4® treatment is right for you.