If you are looking for a stable, lasting solution for replacing multiple missing teeth, our periodontist may recommend All-On-4 implant-supported dentures. Implant-retained dentures are similar in form to traditional dentures in that they are used to replace the full upper and lower arches; however, they are stabilized by dental implants. Very often denture wearers complain that dentures become loose and “float” around the mouth, limiting their ability to eat and speak comfortably. In contrast, All-On-4 fixed tooth replacements are anchored using dental implants, so they will not shift or come loose.
Using implants to anchor the prosthesis also aids in preventing bone loss. Following the removal or loss of teeth, the jawbone structure begins to degenerate. With traditional dentures, bone loss occurs as time goes on. The All-On-4 treatment uses implants that aid in maintaining the bone levels to avoid this problem.
The first step in anchoring your tooth replacements with dental implants is the placement of the implants. The dental implants, which are similar in appearance to screws, are surgically inserted into the jawbone in order to securely anchor your prosthesis. Four implants are placed on the top and bottom to support the prosthesis. Once the implants have been placed and allowed sufficient healing time, your prosthesis is attached on top. This provides your tooth replacement with exceptional stability. In fact, many patients report that their implant-retained dentures feel and function more like their natural teeth. Furthermore, the palate of the top appliance is removed, which allows you to taste your food better as well.
For more information about All-On-4 and to schedule your next visit with our periodontist, we welcome you to call or visit our office today.