Have you heard about dentures supported by dental implants? Perhaps a coworker or neighbor you know has received All-on-4 after developing major tooth loss but you don’t know very much about this treatment option. The All-on-4 dental implant technique only requires one procedure for the embedding process. Dental implants are placed into the jawbone so that they can properly support an arch of prosthetic teeth (dentures). Once implants are embedded into the jawbone, patients will enter a recovery phase of treatment that will allow bone to stabilize their dental implants in place. Following are more answers to our most frequently asked questions.
What does All-on-4 mean?
All-on-4 is a term that refers to a full arch of prosthetic teeth (a denture) secured by four dental implants. The dental implants are embedded throughout the jaw so that they can evenly distribute the weight and force applied to dentures during oral function.
Are there benefits to All-on-4 over conventional dentures?
There are distinct benefits to All-on-4 over conventional dentures. First, dental implants help keep bone healthy. When we have our teeth, their roots keep bone active and healthy. Without teeth, however, bone will atrophy due to a lack of stimulation. Dental implants help patients retain as much bone mass as possible. The added stability of dental implants will also increase oral function.
Will I be able to eat my favorite foods?
Yes, patients with All-on-4 enjoy full, well-balanced diets after their dental implants have stabilized. Even tough or chewy foods can be eaten by those wearing All-on-4.
Will my smile look natural?
Those with All-on-4 dentures enjoy a very natural looking smile. This is possible by having custom dentures created from very lifelike materials like porcelain and acrylic. Today’s dentures look very much like natural teeth and since All-on-4 dentures are stabilized by implants, patients can enjoy the added natural aesthetic of fixed prosthetics.
For more information, call our team at Oral Surgery Associates of North Texas to ask questions or reserve a consultation with one of our skilled oral surgeons.