If you’re missing most or all of your teeth, you almost certainly have trouble eating. You may have confidence issues and find yourself unable to smile. The good news is that there’s a “gold standard” solution to these problems. All-on-4® dental implants, also known as “full mouth dental implants or full arch dental implants, are permanent dental replacements that are implanted directly into your jawbone, restoring your smile along with nearly all of your former biting and chewing power.
Dr. Jean Li has placed more than 3,000 dental implants in her career, and she is highly knowledgeable about all the available tooth replacement methods. While the best way to learn more about your candidacy for full mouth dental implants is to visit our dental offices in Rockville, MD and Washington, DC, we can answer a lot of your questions here.
Among the available modern solutions for tooth loss, there are several significant differences. Though the most traditional and initially affordable option, dentures aren’t a long-term solution, and can actually cause bone loss in your jaw. Implant supported dentures are longer-lasting and more secure solution, but their improvements are limited. Comparatively, our All-on-4 dental implants in Rockville, MD and Washington, DC are the very best option for tooth replacement. See for yourself!
Your All-on-4 implant journey at Perio & Implant at Washington Metro begins with a personalized consultation. Dr. Li will scan your mouth and jaw with a cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scanner and an iTero® intraoral camera in order to create surgical guides to determine where to place the implants. She’ll then schedule you for your surgical appointment.
During the procedure, Dr. Li will remove any remaining teeth and place four titanium posts in strategic locations of your jaw. Over the next several months, these posts will fuse with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. During the surgery, you will be sedated, so your time in the chair will pass quickly! You’ll come out of surgery with a temporary but natural-looking set of teeth.
The check-up appointment is a critical part of your recovery: Here, Dr. Li will make sure your mouth is healing as it should, and that your swelling has gone down. At this appointment, she’ll also measure you for your final prosthesis.
This is when the magic happens! At this appointment, Dr. Li will remove the provisional set of teeth and replace it with your permanent dental implants. You’ll walk away from this appointment able to smile, eat and talk as you used to, with a new set of teeth and an improved quality of life!
You have a few options when it comes to getting dental implants in Washington, DC and Rockville, MD. You can get a full set of All-on-4 dental implants, which are permanently attached to your jaw and act like normal permanent teeth, or if you like being able to remove your dentures, implant supported dentures may be the best option for you. With this option, Dr. Li installs a series of titanium posts into your jaw, which then attach to a set of dentures that you can easily remove. Implant supported dentures reduce jawbone loss compared to traditional dentures, and they are also much more secure because they attach to your jaw implants without needing adhesive.
The downside of dental implants is that they cost significantly more than dentures. However, Perio & Implant at Washington Metro offers a number of financing and payment options that can reduce what you pay, and even help break down your payments into smaller amounts!
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