Patients often complain that conventional dentures are disappointing in many ways, falling far short of the functionality and comfort of their missing biological teeth. A technique for implant-supported dentures known as All-on-4 can help address many of the deficits of conventional dentures while overcoming potential roadblocks to treatment with dental implants.
With All-on-4, an oral surgeon will place four dental implants into the patient’s jaw in order to secure the denture. These dental implants essentially function like biological roots of missing teeth. They stabilize the underlying jawbone and help the appliance to withstand rather strong chewing forces. These characteristics help All-on-4 dental implants to outperform conventional dentures.
Additionally, because the oral surgeon needs to place only four dental implants to support the prosthetic denture and those four dental implants are placed in the thick bone at the front of the jaw, All-on-4 is accessible to most patients, even those who have already experienced some bone loss at the rear of the jaw.
Although All-on-4 does require surgery, the procedure is typically completed in a matter of hours. Often, the patient can be fitted with a temporary appliance at the end of the appointment in which the dental implants are placed. As such, this treatment may also be referred to as Smile in a Day. After healing fully from dental implant placement, the patient will return to the office to be fitted with the permanent appliance.
This procedure causes minimal disruption to patients’ routines, as well. In most cases, patients are able to resume typical activities within a matter of days, although it may take a little longer to get back to vigorous exercise or jobs that require significant physical effort. Following your surgeon’s post-operative instructions will reduce your risk of complications that could extend the recovery timeline.
All-on-4 dental implants are accessible to a variety of patients with different scenarios of tooth loss. Explore this treatment if you would like to restore a fully functional smile that feels similar to biological teeth. Contact our team at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates today to schedule a consultation.