If you have worn conventional dentures for a significant period of time, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that they’ve grown looser as the years have gone by. This can leave you with an uncomfortable and unreliable prosthetic to replace your natural smile.
Patients who want a more stable option for their dentures should consult with a prosthodontist to learn if All-on-4 dental implants might be a better option for them.
Dental Implants Provide A More Stable Long-Term Solution For Tooth Loss
Implant supported dentures outperform conventional appliances in a number of important ways. First, the dental implants act like replacements for the roots of your missing biological teeth. Therefore, the implants are able to anchor the tissue in the jawbone and prevent it from erosion.
That phenomenon has noticeable implications for the stability and durability of your dentures. Because the shape of the jawbone remains stable, so does the fit of your dentures with All-on-4. Implant supported dentures generally eliminate the need to have appliances refitted or replaced every few years.
Additionally, dental implants are far more effective at holding your dentures in place than denture adhesives (and less messy, too!). Patients who choose All-on-4 won’t have an embarrassing slip-up at the worst time, like when you’re giving an important presentation.
All-on-4: Overcoming The Barriers Of Bone Loss
Before All-on-4 was available, long-term denture wearers who wanted to upgrade to implant supported dentures may have faced barriers due to bone loss. Dental implants cannot be placed in locations with inadequate bone tissue to support osseointegration of the implant.
However, All-on-4 overcomes this challenge because your prosthodontist uses just four dental implants to secure the prosthetic, and those implants are placed at the front of your jaw. The bone in this area is thicker, and bone loss occurs more gradually here. Therefore, many patients are still able to take advantage of All-on-4, even if they’ve already begun to experience bone loss at the back of the jaw.
If you’re fed up with your loose dentures, schedule an evaluation with our team at Dakota Prosthodontics and Implant Center and get the facts about All-on-4. It can dramatically boost your satisfaction with your restored smile!