All-on-4: Options for Restoring Your Smile

All-on-4 HenricoDid you know that it is possible to enjoy dentures that will not move or budge during oral function? All-on-4 is a method of supporting dentures with dental implants, which offers the best of both worlds: the stability of dental implants with the appearance of a complete smile with full dentures. Implant supported dentures are a great option for improving one’s quality of life and appearance. For those who have suffered with tooth loss, we recommend scheduling a consultation with our oral surgeon to review your tooth replacement options.

How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants are titanium posts that are used to replace the roots of teeth. Traditional dentures only replace visible tooth structure and not the roots of teeth. This is what makes dental implants unique as a prosthetic. By replacing the lost roots of teeth, the entire oral health system will be supported. Dental implants help prevent bone atrophy by keeping the jawbones stimulated. This is possible through a process called osseointegration. The process of osseointegration involves bone fusing to titanium prosthetics. Osseointegration holds implants in place while also allowing the bone to stay stimulated. Stable dental implants can support prosthetics including bridges and dentures.

Unique Advantages of All-on-4

All-on-4 presents distinct advantages to edentulous patients—especially when compared to conventional tooth replacement methods. Unlike standalone dentures, All-on-4 uses a system of strategically placed dental implants to support a full set of prosthetic teeth. Since dentures are attached to abutments on dental implants, they are stabilized beneath the surface of the gums. This will allow for comfortable oral function. Patients with All-on-4 can eat a full, balanced diet that even includes chewy and tough foods. Since dental implants hold dentures in place while also preserving bone mass, they can help patients maintain a youthful and natural appearance. The prevention of bone deterioration will also help dentures last longer.

To learn more about your tooth replacement options including dental implants and All-on-4, contact Commonwealth Oral & Facial Surgery to reserve a consultation with one of our oral surgeons.

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