Common Mistakes People Make When Choosing Dental Implants
The idea behind All-on-four dental implants is to replace an entire arch of teeth using just four dental implants. You get a complete smile without having to settle for uncomfortable traditional dentures. Things could not look better. Well, not so fast. While All-on-four dental implants are an excellent option for replacing teeth, the procedure is complex, meaning you must ensure that you work with a professional who knows exactly what they are doing.
There are many mistakes you should avoid when pursuing this treatment option. When you visit Peninsula Dental Implant Center in San Carlos, California, you can trust that Dr. Shivani Gupta and her team know exactly what needs to be done, how to do it, and how to care for your new All-on-four dental implants. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when considering this treatment.
Not Choosing an Experienced Team
All-on-four is a very complex surgical procedure. Choosing a team that can perform it with expertise will be paramount to success. Many can perform this procedure, but it can be difficult to find a team who can perform it to the level you deserve. Due to its marketability, many less experienced dental teams and those not entirely knowledgeable about dental implants are offering this treatment, so be aware. Choose a team with experience and knows exactly what they are doing.
Dr. Gupta has attended one year long AAID course and earned Associate Fellow certificate from AAID and Mastership from ICOI.
Not Looking to See If You Can Take More Than Four Implants
While All-on-four dental implants are an amazing choice for replacing teeth, they are suitable only for a small fraction of dental implant cases. Many people are better off with a “fixed zirconia bridge” or “fixed hybrid bridge,” which utilize six to eight dental implants.
Assuming That All-on-four Dental Implants Are Suitable for Everyone
All-on-four dental implants are not a one-size-fits-all option. There is a specific and limited criterion that makes this a suitable option:
- Your front jawbone has sufficient bone
- Your molar area does not have good bone matter
- You are seeking immediate load dental implants
Bone volume is critical in making you an eligible candidate for all-on-four implants. Without healthy, sufficient bone, the implants will not fuse properly or provide support.
Dr. Gupta usually provides implant supported fixed permanent bridges that are reinforced with a titanium metal bar. The hybrid bridge has 14 (full set) teeth that are supported on six (not 4) implants.
Failing To Verify or Research the Brand of Implants Being Used
Many people find affordable alternatives when making purchases. This may be fine for many items, such as groceries, but it will not be a good choice when looking for dental implants. Because many types of dental implants are available, you may choose the cheaper option. When it comes to dental implants, all implants are not equal. If you choose generic brand implants, it can be risky because:
- The quality of the implant itself may be compromised
- The longevity of the company could play a role. If you need a replacement lasting several years down the line, will the company even be in existence
Choosing a respected brand name provides stability and reassurance that warranties can be fulfilled in the future.
Dr. Gupta uses premier quality Neodent Implants from Straumann group.
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