All-on-4 is an increasingly popular option for edentulous patients to fully restore their smiles in a single appointment. The procedure requires just four dental implants to support an entire prosthetic arch. However, patients may wonder how strong their replacement teeth will be with All-on-4, especially if they’re upgrading from conventional dentures that weren’t terribly effective at chewing. The good news is that All-on-4 dental implants are nearly as strong as a patient’s natural teeth.
The strength of the dental implants comes from the bond that the bone forms with them over the course of several months after the oral surgeon inserts them into the patient’s jaw. That osseointegration turns the dental implants into artificial root-like structures. Therefore, the dental implants perform the same functions as biological teeth’s roots do, such as tolerating strong chewing forces.
As a result, patients who collaborate with an oral surgeon to get All-on-4 will be able to enjoy more of their favorite foods than people who opt for conventional dentures.
While All-on-4 dental implants are quite strong, patients must use common sense. Chewing on things that could damage your biological teeth can also harm All-on-4 implants. Don’t use All-on-4 as tools or chew on hard objects like pencils or ice cubes with your All-on-4 implants.
In addition to their strength, All-on-4 dental implants have a number of other benefits. They’re more comfortable and secure than conventional dentures, and they also help to stabilize the jawbone, which generally erodes following tooth loss if the missing teeth’s roots are not replaced. With dental implants, the shape of the jaw remains constant, so the appliance retains its fit over time. In contrast, a conventional denture may lose its fit as the jaw slowly wears away.
If you are looking for a permanent tooth replacement solution that approximates the strength of your biological teeth, consider All-on-4 dental implants. Call the office of Dr. Tye today to schedule a consultation and learn more about this treatment option.