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If you are one of the many adult dental patients suffering from tooth loss, our Saint Louis restorative dentists are here to help you regain a whole, healthy, and attractive smile again. Today we are going to be giving you more information about one option in particular, All-on-Four treatment. We hope that this short article helps you get a better idea of whether or not implant stabilized dentures are right for you!

What is All-on-Four?

All-on-Four treatment combines dentures and dental implant technology to deliver exceptional results. This treatment allows our dental team permanently ground a full prosthetic in a patient’s jawbone using just a few strategically placed dental implant roots. Often, we can even retrofit existing dentures to work with newly implanted titanium roots.

We call it “All-on-Four” because generally a full denture (or ALL of your replacement teeth) can be placed on just FOUR dental implant roots.

Why do people choose All-on-Four?

There are many benefits of All-on Four treatment:

· Your denture stays in place permanently, and is exceptionally stable

· Eat, smile, and speak naturally

· Keeping consuming your favorite foods and drinks

· Easily care for your smile with your normal oral hygiene routine

· Customized aesthetic results

· Dental implant roots help to support your natural jawbone tissue

All-on-Four treatment is less expensive than replacing all of your teeth with individual dental implants. Many patients choose implant stabilized dentures, because they are looking for a permanent solution, but they are not interested in using stand-alone implants.

So, if you are missing many consecutive teeth, All-on-Four treatment may be the perfect tooth replacement option for you. The best way to find out for sure is to schedule a consultation with our Saint Louis dental team. We can give you all of the additional information that you need about tooth replacement options, and help you weigh the pros and cons of each one.

Dental implant treatment can seem a little daunting and difficult to understand when patients first hear about it. Our Saint Louis restorative dentists are here to help you learn everything that you need to know about restorative dental implants. That is why today we are reviewing some of the technical terms that you may hear when researching dental implants. We hope that you find this useful!

First of all, to quickly review, a dental implant is a replacement tooth that, unlike other prosthetics, is actually grounded in the patient’s jawbone tissue. A dental implant actually has a replacement root as well as a visible portion.

So when you hear the term “implant root,” the person is talking about the small screw or post that holds your entire replacement tooth in place. These replacement tooth roots are made of titanium, and once they are in place, they are not visible.

The “crown” is the visible restoration that looks like your natural tooth. This part of the replacement tooth sits above you gum line, and allows you to eat, speak, and chew normally. These restorations are generally crafted from porcelain.

There is another small piece of the dental implant called the “abutment.” This part of the implant basically connects the implant root to the crown.

When you are learning about the benefits of dental implants, you may hear the term “osseointegration.” Osseointegration is the process by which the titanium of your implant root actually bonds to your natural bone tissue. Dental implant roots are made of titanium precisely because titanium can osseointegrate with human bone tissue.

Do you have additional questions about the particulars of dental implant treatment? If so, please contact our Saint Louis dental implant dentists for additional information and to schedule your personal consultation!

If one of your teeth becomes infected or broken, our Saint Louis dental team is here to help you overcome these problems and regain a healthy smile. When we assess the extent of your dental damage, we will be able to give you some personalized recommendations regarding which types of treatments may be right for you. Today, we are giving you some basic information on the various restorative treatments available to you, so that you will feel more confident moving forward if and when you are faced with dental damage.

Let’s get started!

No matter what type of dental problem you are dealing with, the first step in our treatment protocol will be to remove the damaged and compromised dental material. Once this is complete, we will restore your tooth so that it is strong, attractive, and functional. To do this way may:

· Place dental resin over your natural enamel, or use resin to fill in holes that we needed to drill to eliminate dental infections. Resin is always custom shaded so that it looks natural. Once the resin is placed, our team cures it so that it hardens and bonds to the tooth.

· Use a dental crown to rebuild more significant portions of your tooth. When our team designs your porcelain crown, we will make sure that it mimics your natural tooth shapes and shades. Once the crown is made, our dentist permanently adheres it to your tooth using a specialized bonding medium.

· Recommend a cosmetic restoration, like a LUMINEER—these thin porcelain restorations are great for people who are suffering from surface dental enamel cracks and chips. LUMINEERS are used to achieve all kinds of aesthetic results—from dental whitening, to closing gaps between teeth.

As you can see, you have all kinds of options when it comes time to treat problematic dental damage. Our Saint Louis dental team is here to provide you with all of the information and support that you need in order to make great decisions for your smile!

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