"I recently took my 85 year old mother for her dental appointment. She has dementia and I was concerned about how she would react to returning to Rye Smiles after a 2+ year absence. She did amazing well and I attribute it to the staff, who treated her with kindness, understanding and patience. She was greeted by name as soon as we walked in and the staff was genuinely happy to see her. We had had to reschedule this appointment twice due to unexpected health issues, and each time I called, the receptionist asked how my mom was doing. I highly recommend Rye Smiles."
Dental Implant Patients with Boss Loss can Benefit from All-on-4®
Dental implants are an exciting option that offers permanent replacements for missing teeth. You may have heard that people who have been missing teeth or wearing dentures for some time may not be able to get dental implants because they don’t have enough jaw bone left to support them. While this can sometimes be the case, there is a special type of permanent dental implant that often works when other implants do not. These implants are called All-on-4®, and they use specially angled implants to support the crowns that replace missing teeth.
All-on-4® implants get their name from their design. They consist of two rows of teeth, top and bottom, and each row is supported by four implants. If you have no teeth, you would require just eight implants to get full replacement teeth with All-on-4®. The reason that so few implants can securely support the teeth is because the rear implants are placed at an angle. This makes them more stable and allows them to fuse to the bone nearer to the front.
What does all this mean for you? All-on-4® implants require less bone than regular dental implants. This makes them a possibility for people who have lost too much bone to be able to get regular implants. Bone loss happens when teeth are lost, so All-on-4® may make dental implants a possibility for people who have been without teeth for several years. If you already wear dentures and thought implants were not possible, All-on-4® could be the answer.
An examination and consultation to discuss your situation and your health history is the first step in finding out if All-on-4® implants could work for you. Although All-on-4® can make dental implants possible for many people who would not otherwise be able to have them, some people with certain medical conditions like diabetes may not be good candidates for any type of dental implants. If you are a smoker, the chance of implant failure is greater. Call Rye Smiles for Life at our Fairfax, VA office now to set up a consultation appointment to talk about All-on-4 Implants. Dr. Rye will give you an examination and ask you questions about your health and lifestyle to determine if you are a good candidate for All-on-4®.