Missing teeth are more than an issue of vanity — those gaps tank your mental, oral, and overall health.
At Dental Art of South Bay in Torrance, California, we believe that taking care of your oral health is essential for your overall well-being. That's why we offer a range of treatments and procedures to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that translates to a robust, thriving life. One of our favorite, life-changing treatments is All-on-4® dental implants.
Our team of experienced dentists, including Dana Samet, DDS, Bethany Jung, DDS, and Alyssa Nowlen, DDS, have restored many missing teeth using various methods, and we have treatments that match every need and budget. Here’s why it’s necessary to replace missing teeth, what your treatment options are, and why All-on-4 might be a good choice for multiple missing teeth.
Why you shouldn't ignore missing teeth
It may be tempting to shrug off a missing tooth or two, but you should never ignore them because they can significantly impact your overall health.
When you lose a tooth, your surrounding teeth shift out of position, potentially causing bite problems and other complications. This shift in alignment could lead to uneven wear-and-tear on your remaining teeth and cause further dental problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss.
Additionally, missing teeth can make it harder to chew properly, and since digestion starts in your mouth, you may be in for some acid reflux and heartburn if you don’t replace your teeth.
Lost teeth could also affect your diet by limiting the types of food you can comfortably eat, leaving you at risk of malnutrition.
Gaps in your rows of teeth change how you speak, too, as some sounds require the use of all your teeth. For many people, this affects their confidence and self-esteem, especially when communicating with others in social or professional settings.
Perhaps the most concerning problem with missing teeth is the potential for bone loss in the jaw, which can have long-term consequences. When a tooth root is lost, the jawbone begins to deteriorate, leading to further tooth loss and changes in facial structure, like sunken lips and cheeks, adding years to your appearance.
Finally, missing teeth can seriously impact your overall health, leading to complications such as heart disease and diabetes. That's why it's essential to seek prompt treatment and replacement options as soon as possible to restore your smile and protect your well-being.
Treatment options for replacing missing teeth
There are several options for replacing missing teeth, including dentures, bridges, and dental implants. Dentures are a time-honored solution for people who have lost most or all of their teeth. Bridges are fine for replacing one or more missing teeth, but they require healthy teeth on either side of the gap to be used as anchors.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are a more permanent solution that can look and function like natural teeth. Dental implants also preserve your jawbone because they anchor into your bone like a natural tooth root and apply life-giving pressure that stimulates bone cell renewal. However, if you need to replace several teeth, individual dental implant procedures can add up and take a lot of time.
That’s where All-on-4 comes in.
Advantages of All-on-4 dental implants
At Dental Art of South Bay, we recommend All-on-4 dental implants as a great solution for replacing multiple missing teeth. Here are just a few of the reasons:
All-on-4 dental implants are a cost-effective alternative to replacing multiple missing teeth with individual implants. With only four implants needed to support an entire arch of teeth, All-on-4 can be a more affordable option.
Unlike traditional dental implants, which can take several months to complete, the All-on-4 procedure can be completed in a single visit. You can leave our office with a full set of functional teeth on the same day as the procedure.
No need for bone grafts
Traditional dental implants require sufficient bone in the jaw to support the implants. If you don’t have enough bone, you need a bone graft, further complicating and delaying your final smile.
But we can place All-on-4 implants at an angle, which means they require less bone and may eliminate the need for a bone graft.
You can care for All-on-4 dental implants like your natural teeth; just keep up the regular brushing and flossing. There is no need for special cleaning procedures or adhesives, as with dentures, making maintenance simple and straightforward.
All-on-4 dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, transforming your smile and boosting your confidence. We custom-make them to match the color and shape of your existing teeth, ensuring a seamless result.
With proper care, All-on-4 dental implants can last a lifetime, making them a long-term solution for missing teeth that won't need to be replaced every few years, like dentures or bridges.
Impressive success rates
All-on-4 dental implants have a success rate of almost 99%, making them one of the most reliable solutions for missing teeth.
All-on-4 dental implants provide multiple benefits, making them a top choice for anyone seeking a permanent solution to missing teeth. If you want to learn more about this treatment, contact Dental Art of South Bay in Torrance, California, today. We're here to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that will last a lifetime.