Denture wearers often express dissatisfaction with their appliances, which may not look, feel or function like their biological teeth did. All-on-4 dental implants can help improve the patient experience in all of these areas.
In using this treatment method, an oral surgeon will place four dental implants toward the front of the patient’s jaw, and those implants will anchor an entire upper or lower denture. Some patients may get implants to support prosthetics in both jaws.
All-on-4 offers a more secure attachment than conventional dentures, due to the physical link between the implants and the jawbone.
A dental implant is made of titanium, and bone is capable of forming a bond with that material. After the oral surgeon places the implant, the surrounding bone osseointegrates with it, making the implant a permanent fixture in the mouth under the right conditions.
Although bone loss can present a potential obstacle for denture wearers who want to get dental implants, All-on-4 can help them overcome this issue. The implants are located toward the front of the jaw, where bone is thicker and tends to erode more slowly. This approach makes this treatment more accessible to a wider variety of patients, including many who have worn conventional dentures for a lengthy period of time and have already lost some jawbone material as a result.
Benefits of All-on-4 Over Traditional Dentures
When compared to traditional dentures, All-on-4 provides some unique advantages to improving oral function and quality of life. The stability of an implant-supported denture offers peace of mind to patients who previously worried that their appliance would shift out of place during a conversation or at some other inconvenient time. This aspect of implant-supported dentures also greatly improves one’s ability to speak clearly.
Increased Oral Function
Additionally, patients who choose All-on-4 also may be able to eat a wider variety of foods, as the dental implants help to mimic the chewing mechanism of the natural smile. Conventional dentures may not be able to process certain foods because they are not physically connected to the jaw, and that structural quality of implants helps an implant-supported denture to withstand stronger chewing forces.
Decreased Risk of Bone Atrophy
Another benefit to wearing implant-supported dentures is the fact that dental implants help slow down the process of bone resorption. Those who have lost teeth – especially patients with total tooth loss – commonly experience bone deterioration. When teeth are missing, the body will reabsorb bone mass in the jaw. Since implants function like the roots of natural teeth, they help prevent bone atrophy.
If you want to upgrade your conventional dentures, talk to one of our knowledgeable specialists to learn more about All-on-4 dental implants. Contact our team at Oral Surgery Associates of North Texas today to schedule your consultation.