Do your fear that your dentures might slide or move during meals? Dentures lose stability over time, especially because our jawbones deteriorate after tooth loss. There is a way to increase the stability of dentures and improve oral function. Implant supported dentures, or “All-on-4”, is a method of securing dentures to dental implants for increased comfort, stabilization, and performance.
Patients with All-on-4 enjoy an improved quality of life. Since their prosthetic teeth are anchored to dental implants, they can eat a variety of things, including tough and chewy food. Eliminating denture movement increases comfort, too. When dentures move, it can lead to the development of sore spots and tenderness.
Implant supported dentures improve more than oral function and comfort. Stable, properly fitting dentures are ideal for creating the appearance of a healthy looking smile. Moreover, dental implants keep the jawbone stimulated, which decreases the rate and severity of bone loss.
What are implant supported dentures?
Implant supported dentures are a method of securing custom prosthetics to strategically placed dental implants. An implant is a small titanium component. It resembles the appearance of a screw because it is shaped like a cylinder, and has a tapered end and ridged texture. When dental implants are used to replace a whole arch of teeth with a full denture, a series of them are embedded throughout the jawbone.
Over time, bone fuses to the structure of dental implants. This fusion is the foundation of implants’ stability and effectiveness. The placement of dental implants throughout the jaw disburses the weight and force thrust upon dentures evenly. Once the jawbone has stabilized implants, patients can enjoy a restored appearance and improved oral function.
Why choose a prosthodontist?
A prosthodontist is a specialist with advanced training and education to create effective prosthetics, and prepare patients for their placement. Prosthodontists also perform procedures (such as placing dental implants) related to preparing patients for prosthetics. These specialists must pass rigorous examinations to earn board certification. Their qualifications and experience enhance patient care, comfort, and quality of life.
Choosing to work with a specialist translates to high quality care. Call Dakota Prosthodontics and Implant Center today to reserve a tooth replacement consultation.