The American College of Prosthodontics estimates that about 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. As we age, this problem only gets worse. Suppose you are missing an extensive amount of teeth due to decay, trauma, or gum disease. In that case, there are many solid, sophisticated tooth replacement options, including All-on-4® implant-supported dentures. Continue reading for four reasons that oral surgeons and patients are enthusiastic about All-on-4 dental implants:
1. Better Bone Density
The tooth root is vital because it secures the tooth in the jawbone and keeps the jaw healthy. When people chew or bite down, their tooth root stimulates a flow of nutrients and vitamins to the jawbone, which keeps the bone dense, strong, and in good shape.
Unfortunately, many patients with missing teeth experience a natural deterioration of the jawbone (jawbone atrophy). If tooth roots are missing, the jawbone isn’t stimulated. Consequently, the jawbone begins to resorb (or gradually break down and disperse into the circulatory system). Common side effects of bone resorption include:
- Facial deformity and imbalance
- Discomfort when chewing
- Difficulty when speaking
- TMJ disorder issues (including headaches, jaw pain, and more)
- Wrinkled skin around the mouth
Conventional dental implants are the only dental procedure that prevents jawbone resorption but often require bone grafts to supplement bone in the jaw. However, an advantage of All-on-4 dental implants is that they do not require bone grafts. Instead of adding bone to deficient areas, oral surgeons place All-on-4 implants at a precise angle to maximize stability for patients who already suffer from signs of bone atrophy.
2. Optimal Feel, Function, and Security
Let’s face it, no matter how modern traditional dentures are, people with dentures still worry about their dentures looking fake or shifting and slipping, especially in social settings. Thankfully, All-on-4 is not one-size-fits-all and is stable. They are customized to fit each patient’s mouth comfortably and are secured with titanium posts so that patients can depend on them when speaking, laughing, and eating.
3. Highly Successful
Dental implants rarely fail (up to 98% success rate). Some factors that contribute to dental implant success include:
- Practicing consistent, thorough oral hygiene at home
- Visiting the dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups
- Avoiding nicotine produces and teeth grinding
4. Natural-Looking Aesthetics
Dental implants are next-to-natural, and most people will assume that your prosthetics were the teeth you were born with. All-on-4 dental implants consist of three parts:
- Four titanium posts that an oral surgeon secures in the jawbone
- Four abutments or connector posts
- A prosthetic denture or bridge (dependent on how many teeth the oral surgeon must replace)
Dental professionals match replacement teeth to the existing teeth, so it will be hard to tell the difference when you smile in the mirror.
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In summary, All-on-4 implant-supported dentures are a premium tooth replacement option that can replace an entire arch of teeth while looking and feeling like natural teeth.
Choosing the right dental implant surgeon can help increase the likelihood of success. Dr. Chris L. Tye, D.D.S. M.D. is a highly-rated Texas oral surgeon that helps patients with missing teeth complete their smiles with dental-implant-supported dentures, bridges, and crowns. Schedule a consultation for All-on-4 Dental implants in Colleyville, TX, and surrounding areas by calling 817-552-3223 or messaging us online.