27 Mar Upgrade Denture Stability with All-on-4
Have your dentures stopped fitting as well as they used to? Do they move or slide when you eat and speak? If your dentures are affecting your oral function and your confidence, you might want to consider upgrading them. You can improve the function and lifespan of your dentures by having them stabilized by dental implants. The most common method for supporting dentures with dental implants is with All-on-4. This method anchors a full arch of teeth to small implants so that oral function is optimized. Following is some helpful information on All-on-4 and how dental implants work.
Why secure dentures to dental implants?
Dentures lay on top of the gums. They are supported by the curve of the jaw. However, edentulous people commonly lose bone over time. As the jaw deteriorates, it loses shape and therefore affects the way dentures fit. Bone atrophy is one major reason that securing dentures to dental implants is advantageous.
Another issue with conventional dentures is that many people have difficulty eating a variety of foods because their prosthetic teeth move. Anchoring prosthetic to implants will eliminate denture movement because dentures are supported below the surface of the gums.
What are dental implants, exactly?
Dental implants are biocompatible metal prosthetics that are used to replace lost tooth structure below the gums. They are embedded into the jawbone and will essentially take the place of the roots of teeth. The reason implants can function like the roots of teeth is because they are made from titanium, which the body will not reject it as a foreign object. Over time, bone will actually fuse around a dental implant because of titanium’s biocompatible properties.
I’m interested in All-on-4, what should I do next?
If you are interested in All-on-4 implant supported dentures, we recommend consulting with our oral surgeon. At your appointment, we will perform an exam and take X-rays to determine if this procedure is right for you. Your consultation is also a great time to bring up any questions or concerns you have.
Call us today to reserve an appointment and discover how All-on-4 can help you.