If you’ve lost an entire arch of teeth, the last thing that you’ll want is a prosthetic replacement with an unnatural appearance. Fortunately, the materials used to make these appliances have improved dramatically in recent years, and they closely resemble natural teeth.
However, with conventional dentures, there’s always the risk of a slip-up or a less-than-perfect fit that can be a tell-tale sign that you are wearing “false teeth.” Patients who may have turned to dentures in the past now have a more secure option – All-on-4 dental implants.
This treatment approach takes advantage of dental implant technology to give patients a more secure and comfortable fit and, ultimately, a more lifelike aesthetic.
Dental implants are made of titanium, a material that bone can form a bond with over the course of a few months. An oral surgeon inserts the implants into the jaw, and then that osseointegration process unfolds.
With the All-on-4 treatment, the oral surgeon will place four dental implants toward the front of the jaw and the denture will slide over them and lock into place.
All-on-4 dental implants eliminate the guesswork of whether a denture will stay in place, which also looks and feels more natural.
The dental implants also stabilize the jaw, meaning that the patient will be able to maintain that natural look for a longer period of time than is possible with conventional dentures.
Because standard dentures don’t replace the root portion of the teeth’s structure, the jawbone no longer has an anchor to hold it in place, and it wears away. As this occurs, the contour of the jaw changes and the denture becomes looser. Dental implants serve as artificial tooth roots, so the shape of the jaw remains constant and the appliance keeps its fit.
All-on-4 dental implants have a number of benefits for patients, so if you have an entire arch of missing teeth, discuss this treatment option with our experienced team of oral surgeons to learn more about what is involved and if All-on-4 is appropriate for your case.