For patients who have worn dentures for years and have experienced some bone loss as a result, a procedure known as All-on-4 dental implants offers the opportunity to take advantage of implants as a more stable, durable solution for their tooth loss.
Of course, a common motivating factor to upgrade from conventional dentures to dental implants is the desire to improve aesthetics. All-on-4 helps patients achieve this goal, too, by providing a lifelike appearance that is almost indistinguishable from biological teeth. This is in part due to high-tech materials that mimic natural enamel now used in the prosthetic arches.
In performing the All-on-4 procedure, the oral surgeon places four dental implants toward the front of the jaw, and those four implants hold the prosthetic arch in place. The implant placement sites take advantage of the maximum availability of quality bone remaining in the jaw, as the bone in the front of the mouth wears away most slowly.
Not only do All-on-4 implants look more natural, they feel more natural, too! Because the implants serve as artificial tooth roots, it actually feels like your new “teeth” are connected to the jaw—and they are. There’s no need for ill-tasting denture adhesives, and the prosthetic arch won’t feel loose.
The structural characteristics of All-on-4 implants also preserve more chewing function. The connection with the jaw gives the implants more strength in comparison with conventional dentures. As a result, the implant-supported denture can withstand more significant chewing forces than a standard denture would.
All-on-4 dental implants are an excellent solution for long-term denture wearers who want a more secure fit. This approach is appropriate in almost all patient cases, so your oral surgeon likely will be able to work with you on a treatment plan. Schedule a consultation with our experienced dental implant team to begin the journey toward a smile with a more natural appearance.