15 Nov Jawbone Atrophy: Am I still a candidate for All-on-4?
Bone atrophy is a common side effect of tooth loss. In the past, patients with bone loss were limited with their tooth replacement options when it comes to implant dentistry. Bone atrophy can cause dental implants to lose stability. Fortunately, our oral surgeons offer bone grafting procedures that can provide enough bone tissue for dental implants to stabilize. Bone grafting procedures can help patients receiving a dental implant for single tooth replacement or All-on-4 for total tooth replacement.
What is All-on-4?
All-on-4 is a specific method for addressing total tooth loss. This tooth replacement treatment option involves anchoring custom dentures to dental implants placed strategically in the jaw. All-on-4 increases denture stability because dentures draw on support from the dental implants anchored in the jawbone.
By stabilizing dentures with dental implants, edentulous patients can enjoy unprecedented control of their oral function. They also enjoy replacement teeth that look natural and will not move.
How do I know if All-on-4 is for me?
The only way to be certain if dentures supported by dental implants meet your tooth replacement needs is to schedule a consultation with an oral surgeon (OMS). An OMS will ask questions, discuss your concerns, and perform an examination to determine if you are a candidate for All-on-4 and if a bone graft is necessary.
Will my new teeth look natural?
Dental implants can help make prosthetics look and function more like biological teeth. This is because they help keep bone active to prevent further atrophy. Additionally, today’s dentures are incredibly lifelike because they are made from high quality materials like porcelain to resemble teeth and pink-tinted acrylics to help prosthetics blend seamlessly into the gums.
For more information about your tooth replacement options, call us to reserve a consultation with one of our skilled oral surgeons.