Ask any long-term denture wearer, and they’re likely to bemoan the limited longevity of their prosthetic appliances. Over time, the jawbone erodes, which compromises the denture’s fit after some years of wear. Eventually the patient will need to pursue denture repair, such as relining, in order to continue to use the dentures.
At some point after relining has been done repeatedly, denture repair will no longer be feasible and the patient will need to replace the appliance completely. All of the denture repair and new appliances add up to be quite a costly endeavor, as most of those costs are out-of-pocket for the patient.
Fortunately, patients who want a more stable appliance have a better option. An oral surgeon can make a denture more secure by placing just four dental implants at the front of the jaw to anchor the appliance. This treatment option is known as All-on-4.
Dental implants are made of titanium, so the surrounding jawbone can fuse with them over the course of a few months after the oral surgeon inserts them into the jaw. The implants become root-like structures as a result of that osseointegration process. Therefore, they function in ways similar to the roots of biological teeth. Most importantly for denture wearers, this means that they prevent the jawbone resorption that causes conventional dentures to become loose.
Additionally, the bond between the bone and the dental implants helps an implant-supported denture to be more effective at chewing. The implant can withstand stronger chewing forces, so patients who choose All-on-4 don’t have to eliminate as many foods from their diets.
Even patients who have already worn standard dentures for years and experienced some bone loss as a result can be eligible for All-on-4 because the dental implants are placed at the front of the jaw where bone is thicker.
If you’re looking for long-lasting dentures, consider All-on-4 dental implants. Schedule a consultation at our office to learn more about this treatment option and whether it might fit your needs.