Patients who have worn dentures for a number of years may be dissatisfied with appliances that have lost their fit. Understandably, these patients may want to upgrade their smiles with a durable option that offers more comfort and convenience.
Alternative To Conventional Dentures
Dentures supported by dental implants are a significant improvement over conventional dentures. Dental implants are small titanium cylinders that are inserted into the jaw by an oral surgeon. Titanium is biocompatible, so the surrounding bone is able to osseointegrate the implants over the course of several months following implant placement. This process leaves the dental implants as a root-like structure, offering a more structurally complete tooth replacement.
All-on-4 dental implants secure an entire denture with just four dental implants, which are surgically inserted into the patient’s jaw. Patients may be able to be fitted with a temporary appliance and then return for the permanent prosthetic after osseointegration is complete.
This technique is accessible to a variety of patients, even those who have worn dentures for many years and have begun to lose bone at the back of the jaw. The oral surgeon places the four dental implants at the front of the jaw, which wears away much more gradually.
Advantages of All-on-4
While All-on-4 may seem more expensive than conventional dentures at first, when you consider all of the costs over the lifetime of the appliance, the implant-supported prosthetics actually may end up being the more affordable dentures. Conventional dentures will need to be re-fitted and eventually replaced, all at additional cost to the patient. In contrast, All-on-4 dental implants can last for decades if you take good care of them.
All-on-4 also will improve your self-confidence, because you’ll be able to smile with ease and no concern that your denture will shift out of place. Furthermore, you can eat nearly all of the foods you’ve always enjoyed because All-on-4 dental implants are better equipped to chew than conventional dentures, thanks to the bond between the bone and the implant.
If you are a long-term denture wearer looking for a better option, schedule a consultation at our office to learn more about All-on-4.