Throughout history, dentures have been used to replace lost teeth. In the past, many patients encountered difficulty eating comfortably and speaking correctly because dentures did not fit as well as they do today. Fortunately, the creation of prosthetics to replace missing teeth has made great strides over the years. Patients can now enjoy comfortable fitting, affordable dentures that are less likely to impair speech and oral function.
One modern way for restoring oral function with dentures involves the All-on-4 method, which anchors prosthetic teeth to dental implants. Our oral surgeons are committed to helping patients who have lost teeth regain their oral function as well as improve their appearances.
What is All-on-4?
All-on-4 is a method for supporting dentures with implants. Dental implants will serve as pillars or anchors for prosthetics to limit denture movement and provide a stable base for chewing food. Implants are small, screw-like posts made of titanium that are placed in strategic areas of the jaw. They can support the weight of an arch of teeth.
What are the benefits of implant supported dentures?
Traditional dentures rest on top of the gums. With time, many patients experience denture movement because the jawbone begins to atrophy. This is why some patients resort to messy glues and adhesives to keep dentures in place. With implant-supported dentures, patients will not have to worry about their prosthetic teeth sliding in their mouths when speaking or eating a meal. The All-on-4 method also supports the jawbone and can slow down the process of bone atrophy. This means that implant supported dentures require less repair and replacement than traditional dentures.
Today’s dentures are custom made so that they properly fit the unique shape of a patient’s mouth. Their custom construction not only improves their function but also their appearance. Implant supported prosthetics will look and feel more lifelike than traditional dentures.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, we recommend scheduling a consultation with our skilled and compassionate team. Call us today to reserve an appointment.