All-on-6 Dental Implants
West Linn, OR
Nothing can quite tank your confidence quite like a missing tooth, and having a mouthful of missing teeth can be downright devastating to your self-image. For individuals who are missing an entire arch, or even all of their teeth, All-on-6 dental implants may be exactly what they need to restore their confidence and their smile. More reliable than conventional dentures and more convenient and easier than individual dental implants, we here at ZenTech Dentistry are happy to offer All-on-6 dental implants to our patients as an alternative to more invasive or less permanent dental options.
What Can All-on-6 Dental Implants Do for You?
Before we can explain to you how All-on-6 dental implants work, first you must understand how they differ from single dental implants and dentures. While many people do elect to use dentures after tooth loss, just because they are popular does not automatically mean that they are better. Conventional dentures do have their advantages, namely that they are non-surgical and can be lower in cost than dental implants. Consisting of two resin trays that fit outside the gums, they can quickly replace missing teeth.
However, they tend to slip, need to be relined frequently, and are not permanent; dentures do need to be replaced every seven to ten years. Furthermore, they do not help prevent bone loss, leading to a sunken, hollow appearance that can cause premature aging in the face.
Dental implants, on the other hand, can help prevent bone loss. They are also permanent, which means that if you take good care of your implant, they can last you the rest of your life. The failure rate of dental implants is less than 1 percent. Dental implants are surgically placed directly into your bone, under your gums. A titanium post is placed into the bone, and an attachment – called an abutment – serves as an anchor for the prosthesis. The prosthesis, also known as a crown or a restoration, attaches to the abutment to give you a permanent and natural-looking smile.
As great as dental implants are, they are not for everyone. For patients with significant bone loss, a bone graft may be necessary before they can move forward with the dental implants. Dental implants are not a quick choice, either, and require several months to finalize because your gums and mouth do need to heal after the procedure. This is where All-on-6 stands out. All-on-6 requires just six titanium posts per arch (your upper or lower jawbone) and can be completed in just one day. Many people who might otherwise need a bone graft to consider dental implants can have All-on-6 dental implants, giving these individuals a chance at having a permanent and attractive smile once again. As a bonus, this procedure is significantly more affordable than getting a complete set of individual dental implants.
Call Us Today to Find Out More
Getting All-on-6 dental implants starts with an assessment and an examination to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. We will start with X-rays and ensure that you are in good oral health and do not have any active infection or periodontal disease. To learn more about All-on-6 dental implants, please give us here at ZenTech Dentistry a call at (503) 765-9699 today!