Dental implants are the best tooth replacements available. However, not everyone’s a candidate. It requires a strong bone structure. When you lose your teeth, you also begin losing jawbone. After a while, you don’t have enough jawbone left to retain and stabilize an implant. Eventually, there won’t be enough there to even support a denture.
When this happens, some patients opt for bone grafting, which helps them to build-up the jawbone necessary for a more permanent procedure. However, bone grafting can be expensive and not everyone can afford it. That’s where Brazilian dentist Dr. Paulo Malo stepped in.
He placed the implants toward the front of the jaw, where the bone dentisty is often a little better and angled the implants. This enabled the implants to give enough support to stabilize a complete denture. As you can see from the image, the angle of the implants still allows the implant crowns to be placed at the proper angle.
Limitations of All-On-Four Implants
There are some criticisms to this method and there are good implant dentists on both sides of the issue. Some are willing to place them and some aren’t. One of the things you’ll need to be aware of is if one implant fails.the entire procedure has to be re-done. There are also dentists who’ve reported higher failure rates with this procedure.
If you need to replace your teeth and aren’t sure which procedure is best for you, you may call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hillary Peck. She’ll go over all the options with you along with the pros and cons. If you prefer, you may click here to request an appointment online.