When people suffer with total tooth loss, they will require full dentures for both the upper and lower jaws. Since conventional dentures have limitations, there is a way to increase oral function and improve one’s overall quality of life by securing dentures to dental implants. Utilizing the All-on-Four method, our oral surgeon can use dental implants to replace all teeth lost among edentulous patients. Following are answers to common questions about All-on-Four and dental implants.
What materials are used to make dental implants?
Dental implants are metal. They are made from titanium, which is ideal because this metal is biocompatible with the body’s tissues. Titanium allows for the necessary process of osseointegration. This means that, over time, bone mass will fuse to the titanium implant to secure it in place permanently. A dental implant functions like the roots of teeth. It features a ridged texture and measures only a few millimeters wide.
What does All-on-Four mean?
All-on-Four refers to a specific method of securing a full set of teeth to dental implants. For example, one dental implant can be used to replace a single missing tooth. However, when a series of dental implants are embedded throughout the jawbone, they can support an entire arch of teeth (a full denture). Due to the precise placement of dental implants, they can serve as pillars or anchors to a set of new teeth by evenly distributing force and pressure associated with chewing and biting food.
Will I be able to eat my favorite foods?
Once a patient has recovered from receiving implants and their prosthetics have been attached, normal oral function can be resumed. Since dental implants hold dentures in place, patients can enjoy their favorite foods with much more confidence than they would with unsupported dentures. This is because dental implants prevent denture movement.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, we invite you to schedule an appointment with our experienced oral surgeon. After an examination, we can help you determine the appropriate treatment plan for your needs.
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