Are your dentures letting you down? If you’re unhappy with your dentures, our implant dentist has a solution. All-on-4 is a treatment option where dentures are supported by dental implants. This method of securing dentures to dental implants improves oral function and comfort – especially when compared to conventional, unsupported dentures.
You can upgrade your dentures with dental implants. Utilizing the All-on-4 method, dental implants are loaded into the jaw and serve as anchors for a set of dentures. This means that instead of drawing on the arch of the jaws for support, dentures rely on titanium dental implants to stay in place.
Dental Implants, What They Are and How They Work
Dental implants are prosthetics. Made from titanium, they resemble a screw. These prosthetics are embedded directly into the jawbone, where they will serve as replacements for the roots of teeth. Once bone stabilizes dental implants, crowns, bridges, or dentures are attached to them to complete the tooth replacement process.
Humans have tried to create viable replacements for the roots of teeth for centuries. Unfortunately, the body would reject these prosthetics because they were not made from biocompatible materials.
Titanium, the metal which makes up an implant, is biocompatible. The body will not reject titanium as a foreign object. Instead, bone will literally fuse to a dental implant and hold it in place. Biocompatibility is what makes dental implants effective and durable.
Benefits of All-on-4
All-on-4 is a great treatment option for patients new to dentures as well as those who have worn conventional dentures for a while. Securing dentures to dental implants presents unique oral health and quality of life benefits.
Anchoring dentures to dental implants will eliminate denture movement. Implants prevent dentures from sliding or moving during meals or when speaking. Since dentures don’t move when they’re attached to dental implants, the likelihood of developing sore spots caused by ill-fitting prosthetics is reduced.
Implants also reduce the incidence of bone atrophy. When the roots of teeth are no longer present, the jawbone atrophies due to inactivity and lack of stimulation. Retaining bone is important for oral function and maintaining a youthful appearance.
We offer dental implant solutions for single and multi tooth replacement. Call us at Lynn Dental Care today to discuss your tooth replacement options with our implant dentist.