Are you in need of a brand new smile? Perhaps you already wear dentures but they have become ill fitting. Whether you have lost most or all of your teeth or currently wear dentures, our oral surgeons can help you regain oral function and confidence in your appearance with All-on-4 implant supported dentures.
Dental implants make for great anchors to prosthetic teeth. They allow for smooth oral function and are durable enough to withstand the force and pressure associated with eating meals. Patients with All-on-4 enjoy balanced diets and can eat tough and chewy foods. Following is some helpful answers to common questions about All-on-4.
What is All-on-4, exactly?
All-on-4 refers to a method of securing prosthetic teeth to dental implants. By loading four strategically placed dental implants into the jawbone, an entire set of teeth can be supported. The dental implants will act as anchors or pillars to hold prosthetic teeth in place. Our team provides this service as an alternative to traditional dentures.
Dental implants basically replace the lost roots of teeth while also providing a support structure for prosthetics beneath the surface of the gums. An implant is a screw-like post that is made from titanium. This metal is fully biocompatible, which means that the jawbone will fuse to it and the body’s immune system will not respond to the implant as a foreign object.
Is All-on-4 superior to traditional dentures?
In most cases, All-on-4 is a better way to replace teeth than traditional prosthetics. This is because traditional dentures rest on top of the gums and the arch of the jawbone supports them whereas All-on-4 offers support based in the jaw. All-on-4 also helps slow down the process of bone atrophy, which affects edentulous patients.
Although implant supported dentures are a wonderful alternative to traditional prosthetics, they may not be right for all patients. If you are curious about this treatment option, we invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled oral surgeons. At your appointment, our caring team will help you navigate your tooth replacement options.