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AzMeltAdmin - December 7, 2018

Where a full arch of teeth are missing, ‘All on 4’ could be a great solution

Teeth can be lost through decay. gum disease and functional wear causing failure over the years. When a full arch of teeth have been lost, the options for replacing them are much more limited; a dental bridge is no longer an option as there are no remaining natural teeth for support. Traditionally the only available method left would be the use of a full denture.
Whilst dentures have improved in quality both in appearance and function and certainly represent an acceptable aesthetic option, many wearers do find them uncomfortable and socially awkward. They can even change your speech in some cases.
But there is another option!- both for people about to lose their remaining teeth or already have a full denture which they would like to replace.
Here at Azure Dental we are pleased to offer an excellent alternative to dentures, in the form of same day dental implants supporting a full fixed arch of teeth.

You can now go from having no teeth at all, to a full and functioning set of replacement teeth in the same day at our Formby practice.
This is done using dental implants in a procedure sometimes referred to as ‘all on 4’ or ‘teeth in a day’.
To perform this procedure, an initial consultation will be arranged and your gums inspected for any issues such as gum disease, as this will need to be treated prior to the implants being placed.
Next, two special implants will be placed into the rear part of the jaw at a carefully calculated angle designed to provide a particularly strong foundation for the new arch of teeth. Two (sometimes three or four) additional implants are then placed towards the front of the mouth to complete the anchoring system.
Unlike individual implant placements, where the implant has to be left for a few months to bond with the bone before a crown can be attached; with ‘all on 4’, often a fixed bridge can be attached immediately. Once this has been done and the dentist has provided you with comprehensive aftercare instructions, you are free to leave the practice with a full set of new teeth!

Inevitably, there will be some soreness once the local anaesthetic wears off, and you may also need a little time to adjust to your new teeth. We suggest that you take your time to return to normal eating, starting off with soups and other soft foods for a few days and then gradually moving to foods such as soft pasta and mashed potatoes. However, very soon you will find that you can comfortably eat your usual diet with no problems at all.

To find out more about same day dental implants and how we use them to replace a complete set of missing teeth, please contact Azure Dental on 01704 871743.

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