Tooth loss can be devastating to your self-esteem. When you can’t show your best smile, you won’t feel your best. Fortunately, patients now can choose a tooth replacement method that restores a complete smile with a prosthetic appliance that looks and feels like the real thing.
This intervention, known as All on 4, uses just four dental implants to secure an upper or lower denture, or both when necessary. An oral surgeon places four dental implants toward the front of the mouth, with the outer two implants angled beneath the gumline to better support the weight of the entire prosthetic arch.
The oral surgeon can complete the implant placement in a single appointment at the office, and in many cases patients can be fitted with a temporary appliance the same day. They may return for a follow-up appointment after healing is complete to get the permanent appliance.
The technology behind dental implants is the foundation of this intervention. Implants are made of titanium, a metal that bone can bond with. As that process—osseointegration—unfolds, the implant becomes integrated into the jaw.
Because All on 4 uses just four implants at the front of the jaw, the treatment is accessible to a significant number of patients, including those who have already been wearing conventional dentures and may have experienced bone loss.
All on 4 can boost your self-confidence not only because the denture is aesthetically pleasing but stable as well. The dental implants offer a more secure attachment than a denture adhesive might, so patients can smile with assurance that the denture won’t slip out of place at an inopportune time.
Of course, All on 4 offers physiological benefits, as well. Implant-supported dentures maintain the integrity of the jawbone, which can atrophy when missing tooth roots are not replaced. Over time, that atrophy can lead to a conventional denture losing its fit, which may create the need for it to be re-fitted or replaced.
If tooth loss has you down, look into All on 4 as a possible treatment option to achieve a fully restored smile. Schedule an oral surgery consultation to learn more about dental implants and how they may benefit you.