Any long-term denture wearer could tell you that one of the long-term consequences of tooth loss is a shrinking jawbone. This process happens because the teeth’s roots not only hold the crowns in place, they also anchor the underlying bone.
Dental implants address this issue by serving as an artificial tooth root. The implants are made of titanium, which allow them to bond with the bone. The implants become permanently fused into the jaw, serving as a stable base for a prosthetic crown, bridge or denture.
This biocompatibility is an important factor in durability of a dental implant technique known as All-on-4. This treatment allows the oral surgeon to use merely four dental implants to secure an entire denture.
All-on-4 dental implants outperform conventional dentures in a number of ways. First of all, they’re connected to the bone, so the appliance is more secure. All-on-4 patients don’t have to worry that a denture adhesive will fail at the most inopportune time.
Additionally, the jawbone’s shape remains stable as the years pass. With a standard denture, the jawbone will continue to atrophy, eventually necessitating that the denture be relined or refitted. With All-on-4 implants, the denture keeps its fit over time.
Patients who choose dental implants also get to enjoy a more diverse diet and face fewer food restrictions. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice nutrition just because you need dentures.
All dental implants require a sufficient amount of bone to “take,” but All-on-4 implants are even available to patients who have already experienced significant bone loss because the implants are strategically placed toward the front of the jaw, where the bone material is thickest and erodes more slowly.
Whether you’ve worn dentures for years and want to make the switch to dental implants or you want to take advantage of implants soon after your remaining teeth are extracted, you may benefit from All-on-4 dental implants.
Contact the Forest Hills practice of Dr. Stephen Weisglass to learn more about this option.