16 Nov Can I Replace Both Lower and Upper Teeth With All-on-4?
Are you suffering from total tooth loss? Do your dentures require replacement? All-on-4 implant supported dentures are a great option for patients who have previously worn traditional dentures or those who will require prosthetics to replace both their upper and lower sets of teeth. All-on-4 is a method where one of our oral surgeons embeds four small dental implants that will ultimately support upper and lower dentures. All-on-4 completely restores a smile and greatly improves oral function – especially when compared to traditional prosthetics.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are small titanium posts that resemble the structure and texture of a screw. These posts are surgically embedded directly into the jaw. Over time, bone will fuse around the titanium post, securing it in place permanently. This process will allow implants to serve as anchors or pillars to prosthetics like dental crowns, bridges, and dentures.
How does All-on-4 compare to traditional dentures?
All-on-4 offers many advantages to traditional prosthetic teeth. By supporting dentures with dental implants, patients will not have to endure denture movement when eating or speaking. This is beneficial for improving oral function and quality of life. Implants will also help protect bone mass by preventing atrophy, a problem that affects many traditional denture wearers. Jawbone atrophy changes the shape of the face and therefore affects the way dentures fit. Bone atrophy also means that patients will have to have their dentures relined and replaced far more often than dentures supported by implants. Protecting bone density is important for retaining a youthful and vibrant appearance, too.
Who should receive implant supported dentures?
Candidates for All-on-4 should have decent oral health and be willing to commit to practicing good oral hygiene and receiving routine dental care. It is best that patients abstain from smoking, as this habit affects the body’s ability to heal and damages oral structures. The only way to determine candidacy for implant-supported dentures is to schedule a consultation with our oral surgeons. After an examination that evaluates oral health, our team can help patients determine which tooth replacement option is best for their needs.
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