Do your dentures move when you eat or speak? Over time, many people lose confidence in their dentures due to the effects tooth loss has on bone health. Since the body resorbs inactive bone, people who wear dentures may experience changes in the way their prosthetics fit within a few years.
Fortunately, there is a way to stabilize your prosthetics, eliminate denture movement, and prevent bone loss with All-on-4, a method of securing dentures to strategically placed dental implants. All-on-4 can be beneficial to people who are new to wearing dentures as well as those who have worn conventional dentures for some time.
Dental Implants and All-on-4
Dental implants are prosthetics used to replace the root structure of teeth. This is done by embedding a small titanium cylinder (the dental implant) into the jawbone. Since a dental implant is made from titanium, the body will integrate to the implant rather than reject it. This is possible because titanium is a biocompatible material.
Because dental implants are placed into the jawbone, they can serve as sturdy bases for restorations like crowns or prosthetics like dentures. For those who have lost a full arch of teeth, a denture can be anchored to implants through the All-on-4 method. This method spaces dental implants properly so that they can keep dentures in place during oral function.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
When dentures are retained by dental implants, patients enjoy increased oral function. When eating, dentures will not move. Increased oral function will help prevent dietary restrictions associated with ill-fitting dentures.
Since dental implants keep bone active the way that the roots of teeth do, patients who wear All-on-4 can preserve their bone health. When bone is resorbed, it can make a person appear older than they should by causing a “sunken in” appearance that exaggerates fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth.
If you have questions about All-on-4, call Dallas Oral Surgery Associates to reserve an appointment with our skilled oral surgeons.