All-on-4 can be a good solution for patients who are continually frustrated by conventional dentures that have lost their fit or frequently slip out of place. Implant-supported dentures can eliminate jawbone atrophy that can alter the fit of a denture over time.
This treatment, in which an oral surgeon places four dental implants in the jaw to secure the prosthetic arch, replaces some of the missing root structure found beneath the gum line in addition to filling in for the visible crown portions of the teeth.
By acting as artificial tooth roots, those dental implants help to preserve the integrity of the jawbone and limit the erosion that can occur after tooth loss. This stability means that the fit of your appliance will remain more consistent over time, and you will not need to have it re-lined periodically or replaced.
Additionally, All-on-4 gives denture wearers more security, as the bond that forms between the jawbone and the titanium implants helps to anchor the appliance in place, too.
Some denture wearers may be reluctant to get surgery, but the procedure necessary for All-on-4 can be completed in an oral surgeon’s office in just a few hours. Many patients can be fitted with an appliance right after the implants have been placed.
If you do have any reservations about the prospect of oral surgery, be sure to ask our oral surgeon about them. The surgeon can provide detailed information and instructions that can address your concerns.
Because the four implants are placed toward the front of the jaw, even patients who already have experienced some bone loss can still be eligible for All-on-4. Of course, patients must have good enough oral and overall health to tolerate the implant placement procedure.
Patients who upgrade to implant-supported dentures with All-on-4 gain a number of benefits in terms of stability and convenience. If you have become disillusioned with your conventional dentures, schedule a consultation with our team at ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio today to learn more about this treatment.