Dental Implants

Dental Implants
Single, Multiple, or All-on-Four Implants

 Dental implants are a great option to replace one or more missing or damaged teeth. Dental implants are permanent and last a lifetime. They look natural and require the same maintenance as natural teeth! In addition, dental implants prevent bone loss which occurs with other tooth replacement options.

The picture to the left is an example of one post supporting one crown. However, one implanted post can support one or more than one missing tooth. In fact, a series of four posts in either the upper or lower jaw can support an entire set of teeth! This is called All-on-Four because all of the upper or lower teeth can be supported with just four posts!
 
Here is one example of the many All-on-Four implants that Dr. Liaros does every week. This patient had an ill fitting bridge in the front of his mouth and partial dentures towards the back of his mouth, which prompted his visit to see Dr. Liaros. The patient was not happy with the appearance of his teeth and felt very self conscious about his teeth and smile. The bridge was discolored and chipped. Both the bridge and partial dentures caused great discomfort because they did not fit well even after numerous visits to have them adjusted. The patient consulted Dr. Liaros about dental implants to improve his smile and decrease the pain and irritation.
 
Dr. Liaros sees these types of patients every day. While bridges or dentures are an option for missing teeth and initially attractive because they are cheaper options, they are not good long term options. Bridges and dentures only last about 5 to 10 years. Achieving the proper fit for a bridge or denture can be challenging and requires many appointments for adjustments. Ill fitting bridges and dentures can cause painful sores when they rub the gums or from trapped food particles. In addition, bridges and dentures need to be taken out daily to be cleaned with a special regimen that is costly and time consuming.
 
Bridges and partial dentures put added pressure and stress on the teeth on both sides of the gap because they are the anchors. These anchor teeth are called abutment teeth (See picture to the left). Bridges cause stress on the abutment teeth not only because they are the anchors for the missing tooth or teeth, but also because the abutment  teeth on both sides of the gap must be filed down to small stubs in order to attach the bridge. Bridges and paritial dentures damage the abutment teeth in many ways! In addition to the added stress on adjacent teeth, bridges and dentures promote bone loss, which can change the shape and contour of your face. Dental implants are implanted in the bone, which prevents bone loss by maintaining the dynamic environment of the mouth.
 
After careful consideration, Dr. Liaros determined that this patient was an excellent candidate for a full set of dental implants called All-on-Four. Dr. Liaros started by taking meticulous measurements with the aid of computer simulations while working closely with both the patient's general dentist and lab that made the new prosthetic crowns. Once the teeth were ready, Dr. Liaros started by removing the remaining teeth in the patient's mouth. He then placed 4 titanium posts to support the permanent implants. (Posts are silver and white in the photograph to the left) This procedure is called All on Four or All on 4, meaning that all of the teeth will be supported with four posts.
 
Next, Dr. Liaros bonded the patient's new teeth to the posts. All of this was done in a day, which is why they are called teeth in a day! The patient left with a new set of beautiful, permanent teeth, an improved smile, and a renewed sense of confidence in his appearance! Dr. Liaros can do the same for you! Please call today to schedule a consultation!