How we look plays a huge role in how we see ourselves and our confidence. Tooth loss, whether it be one or multiple teeth, can significantly impact not only our oral health but also our overall appearance.
When you lose multiple teeth, it can result in jawbone loss, sunken cheeks and an uneven smile. To address these concerns, many individuals turn to advanced dental restoration solutions, such as the All-on-4® treatment.
This article discusses what All-on-4® is, how it impacts your facial structure and the benefits the treatment has for your facial structure.
Temporary All-on-4® Prosthesis: The Look And Feel
Before you can understand the look and feel of temporary All-on-4® teeth, you need to know what All-on-4® is and what the treatment involves.
All-on-4® is a dental restoration solution that provides a long-term, fixed alternative to dentures. All-on-4® involves replacing an entire arch of teeth supported on only four implants in either the upper or lower jawbone.
Compared to older treatment methods, such as dentures, All-on-4® stimulates the jawbone with surgically placed implants (promoting bone growth) and has a 98% success rate.
The All-on-4® process happens in two stages: provisional and final bridge.
During stage one, you undergo surgery where four implants are surgically placed on each jaw. Usually, on the same day of surgery, or within 24 hours, you will receive your ‘provisional bridge’ or temporary set of teeth.
This set of teeth is only temporary and is worn for three to six months while your bone fuses to the implants.
So, what do your provisional teeth look and feel like?
Your provisional teeth are made in our in-house Next Smile Australia labs and are designed to look like natural teeth. However, your temporary teeth may feel strange, especially if you aren’t used to dentures. Also, since your temporary teeth have no feelings or nerve endings, it will feel strange not being able to feel hot or cold food/drinks at first, but you’ll get used to it.
Also, unlike dentures, your provisional teeth will sit more securely in your mouth and reduce the strain on your gums and jawbone. You shouldn’t feel any pain (after it’s healed), and the bridge should feel comfortable in your mouth.
All-on-4® Impact On Face Structure
As well as chewing and speaking, your teeth are important for how your face looks.
Teeth play an important role in the stimulation of your jawbone. Each time you chew on your teeth, it stimulates the jawbone and keeps it healthy. However, when you lose one or multiple teeth and the jaw isn’t being stimulated, it will eventually deteriorate, resulting in sunken cheeks and uneven facial structure.
So, does All-on-4® dental implants change face shape? Yes, All-on-4® dental implants can improve your face shape and aesthetics after losing teeth.
As mentioned above, when you lose teeth, it can cause the jawbone to recede and deteriorate, which can lead to significant changes in facial structure. Some of the most common things that can happen to your face when you lose teeth include your cheeks becoming sunken and your lips appearing thin and undefined.
When these changes happen, it can result in more wrinkles and make an individual appear older than they are.
However, All-on-4® dental implants can help reverse the changes caused by missing teeth by providing an entire arch of new, natural-looking teeth.
During All-on-4® dental implant surgery, four implants are surgically placed into your jawbone, which stimulates bone growth and prevents further deterioration, unlike traditional dentures. Not only does this help your jaw function, but it also restores your facial structure.
As long as you follow the aftercare instructions provided by your All-on-4® dental surgeon, your new teeth will provide ample support for your face.
Benefits of All-on-4® on Face Structure
When you undergo All-on-4® dental implant surgery and are fitted with your provisional set of teeth, you’ll see a difference in your facial structure.
By having a full mouth of teeth, you’ll have a fuller, even smile that can assist in decreasing wrinkles and sunken cheeks while also promoting bone growth in your jaw.
Some benefits of All-on-4® on face structure include
Restoration of the upper lip
When you lose one or more of your upper teeth, your upper lip can become unsupported and appear thin and sagging.
When you get an entirely new bridge of upper teeth through the All-on-4® treatment, it can create a fuller, more youthful appearance by providing support for your upper lip.
Restoration of sunken cheeks
When you lose teeth and your jawbone begins to deteriorate, it can cause the cheekbones to appear more prominent and the cheeks sunken.
All-on-4® dental implants can create a fuller, more balanced appearance by supporting the cheeks.
Reduction in wrinkles
When you lose teeth, and your bone starts to deteriorate, it can lead to wrinkles as your face doesn’t have enough bone to fill it out and make it look smooth.
When you get All-on-4® dental implants, it fills out your facial structure and can potentially reduce the number of wrinkles and fine lines on your face.
However, the speed at which you see the results of your All-on-4® teeth on your facial structure will depend on each individual. While some people may see an improvement in their facial structure immediately after surgery, others may have to wait a little longer before seeing any significant changes.
Does All-on-4® dental implants change face shape? Yes, and while it can improve facial structure improvement to a certain degree, it’s not intended as a cosmetic treatment. All-on-4® was designed for those with multiple missing teeth or damaged teeth that cannot be repaired as a long-term, fixed alternative to dentures.
If you’re thinking about getting All-on-4® dental implants for the sole purpose of improving your facial structure, other treatments, such as orthodontic therapy or plastic surgery, may be a better option for you.
Book A Consultation With Next Smile Australia
If you have multiple missing or damaged teeth and want to restore your facial structure, All-on-4® may be the solution for you.
Pioneered by Dr Paulo Malo, All-on-4® is a long-term dental restoration for those with multiple missing teeth or teeth that cannot be repaired.
Supporting an entire arch of teeth on only four implants, All-on-4® has a 98% success rate and could be the solution you’re looking for.
If you think you’re a candidate for the All-on-4® treatment or would like to learn more, book a consultation at Next Smile Australia.
We look forward to helping you on your journey towards restoring your facial structure and confidence.