Patients who wear conventional dentures sometimes complain that their appliances don’t fit well, especially as time goes on. That poor fit can create many problems for patients, from limiting their ability to chew well to posing the risk of an embarrassing slip of the appliance.
All-on-4 implants can give these patients greater peace of mind. This treatment option uses just four dental implants to secure the prosthetic and physically connect it to the jaw.
As a result, All-on-4 improves the functionality of the appliance and reduces the risk that the appliance will shift out of place, since there is a strong attachment between the prosthetic and the jaw.
Dental implants are unique among tooth replacement methods because they also help to stabilize the jawbone. In the months after the oral surgeon places the dental implants in the jaw, the bone will begin to form bonds with the surfaces of those implants. The implants are made of titanium, which makes this osseointegration possible. [pullquote]Dental implants are unique among tooth replacement methods because they also help to stabilize the jawbone.[/pullquote]
When there are no teeth roots present, the jawbone will begin to wear away and its shape will change. This is why conventional dentures lose their fit over time and must be re-lined periodically. The implants, however, replace some of the absent teeth’s roots and help the shape of the jaw to remain constant.
Patients who have already lost some jawbone,, such as those who have worn dentures for many years, can still benefit from the All-on-4 treatment. The implants are placed toward the front of the jaw, where the bone is thicker and atrophies at a slower rate. This generally means that patients will still have enough bone material to support the dental implant.
Choosing All-on-4 dental implants improve nutrition because they can chew better, too. All-on-4 patients typically can continue to incorporate healthy fresh vegetables and fruits in their diets.
All-on-4 addresses many of the complaints voiced by conventional denture wearers. If you are dissatisfied with your dentures, discuss All-on-4 with our oral surgeons at Texas Oral Surgery Specialists to learn more about the treatment. Call 817-552-3223 to schedule your visit.