Patients who have lost all of their teeth often are concerned with the effects of dentures on their diet and eating habits. Fortunately, there are approaches to getting dentures that can help you preserve much, if not all, of the chewing function of your biological smile.
All-on-4 uses four dental implants to secure an entire prosthetic arch. After the oral surgeon inserts these titanium implants into the jaw, the surrounding bone fuses with them so that they essentially become artificial tooth roots. The connection between the bone and the dental implants helps the implant-supported appliance withstand stronger chewing forces. Therefore, a patient with All-on-4 can continue to enjoy nearly all of their favorite foods, including things like crunchy fresh fruits and vegetables.
Of course, All-on-4 dentures are not indestructible. Use common sense. Anything that could damage biological teeth can harm implant-supported dentures, too. Your oral surgeon will advise you on how to maintain your dentures so that you get the best treatment outcomes from them.
Not only does All-on-4 help patients eat better than with conventional dentures, the appliances are more durable, as well. The root-like implants help to prevent the jawbone atrophy that ultimately changes the shape of the jaw and causes conventional dentures to lose their fit. While standard dentures may need to be refitted periodically and even replaced from time to time, an implant-supported denture will retain its fit for decades as long as you take good care of your oral hygiene during that time.
With All-on-4, you can restore a complete smile in a single appointment, which is also appealing to patients. Because the treatment requires only four dental implants, they usually can be placed at the same time in a matter of hours. Often, the patient can be fitted with a temporary appliance that day as well.
Patients who want to preserve as much chewing function as possible following tooth loss should investigate All-on-4 as a treatment option. Call our team at EverSmile to schedule a consultation.