One of the many benefits that patients get from an implant-supported denture, such as All-on-4, is freedom from messy denture adhesives that leave a bad taste in a patient’s mouth. The four dental implants used in this treatment technique secure the prosthetic to the jaw, eliminating the need for adhesives.
With All-on-4, the oral surgeon will need only four dental implants to secure the denture. This approach streamlines the treatment process and makes it accessible to a broader group of patients than older techniques for implant-supported dentures. Those four dental implants can be placed in a single appointment lasting just a few hours. Many patients can even be fitted with a temporary appliance at the end of that session, which is why some providers refer to All-on-4 as “smile in a day.”
The oral surgeon places the four dental implants at the front of the jaw. This is important because the bone is relatively thick in that location and slower to erode. Therefore, even long-term denture wearers who want to make the switch to dental implants can often do so with All-on-4. They may have experienced bone loss toward the rear of the jaw but still have adequate bone tissue to support osseointegration in the front of the mouth.
Not only are All-on-4 patients able to go adhesive-free, they gain other benefits as well. For example, the bond between the bone and the dental implants can tolerate fairly strong forces, so an implant-supported denture tends to be more effective at chewing than a conventional appliance. Foods that are off-limits for patients with standard dentures can be enjoyed if you choose All-on-4.
All-on-4 dental implants also are more comfortable because they are structurally complete and feel more like biological teeth. The dental implants are more reliable in holding the appliance in place, as well, preventing any untimely slip-ups.
If you want to ditch your denture adhesives, consider upgrading to All-on-4. Schedule an initial evaluation at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates to learn more about the many benefits of this treatment.