A broken denture is a major inconvenience and it can actually affect your health and well-being, too. Depending on the degree of damage, you may not be able to chew or speak properly until you find someone to perform a denture repair, and it’s unlikely that you’ll want to smile much either.
In addition to broken dentures that need to be fixed, conventional denture wearers may also find that their appliances don’t fit as well as time passes. This occurs because the jawbone atrophies and its shape changes. As the jaw’s contour evolves, the fit of the original denture is not as precise.
Denture repair is possible in this scenario, too. The appliance can be relined to improve the fit, but that tweak can only be performed a number of times before the denture will need to be replaced.
An oral surgeon can give you a better, more durable alternative with All-on-4 dental implants. This approach uses four dental implants to secure the appliance.
Implant-supported dentures have a number of advantages in comparison to standard prosthetics. After the oral surgeon places the dental implants in the patient’s jaw, the surrounding bone forms a strong bond with the implant. The osseointegration makes the dental implant structurally similar to a biological tooth’s root. By functioning as artificial tooth roots, dental implants help to stabilize the jawbone and prevent its erosion.
Patients who choose All-on-4 dental implants also benefit from improved functionality in chewing. The bond between bone and implants facilitates the implants’ ability to withstand strong chewing forces. Therefore, implant-supported dentures allow patients to continue to enjoy a varied diet including nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s also less likely that an implant-supported denture will break while eating, eliminating another possible reason for needing denture repair.
If you’re tired of taking your dentures in to be fixed, explore a more permanent solution with All-on-4 dental implants. Schedule a consultation at our office to get more information about this innovative treatment option.