Patients who must restore their entire smiles typically want to attain that treatment goal as quickly as possible, and an intervention known as All-on-4 can help them do so in a minimal timeframe. An increasing number of patients are choosing this upgrade to conventional dentures as a result.
All-on-4 uses just four dental implants to secure a full prosthetic arch of teeth, and patients can receive this treatment on the upper and lower jaws at the same time.
After the treatment planning process is complete, the oral surgeon can place this small number of dental implants in a patient’s jaw in a matter of hours. Most patients will also be good candidates to be fitted with the prosthetic appliances at the end of that appointment. Therefore, patients who choose this treatment method can restore their smiles in a single day.
The oral surgeon typically can place the dental implants in an outpatient setting, as well, for additional patient convenience. Nonetheless, All-on-4 does require a surgical procedure, so be sure to discuss any pre- and post-operative instructions with your provider thoroughly in advance of your appointment.
Patients who choose All-on-4 gain a number of advantages over conventional dentures. After the surrounding bone forms a connection with them, the implants are able to act as artificial teeth roots. As such, they stabilize the jawbone, which otherwise atrophies following tooth loss. Therefore, an implant-supported denture will retain its fit better than a standard appliance. In fact, with proper care, All-on-4 dentures can last for decades.
Additionally, the link between the implant and jaw helps the prosthetic to function more similarly to natural teeth. An implant-supported denture can chew quite similarly to biological teeth so patients can continue to enjoy a varied diet full of nutritious foods.
If you need dentures but want more stability and durability than the standard appliances typically provide, schedule a consultation at our office to get more information about All-on-4 dentures. They can give you peace of mind in addition to bolstered self-esteem. Contact ORA Oral Surgery & Implant Studio at 312-328-9000 for more information.