Patients who have suffered tooth loss that has left them edentulous can choose a tooth replacement method that fully restores their smile with a lifelike fit and aesthetic. This treatment is called All on 4, and it supports an entire denture with just four dental implants.
The All on 4 technique places those dental implants toward the front of the jaw, where the bone erodes more slowly following tooth loss. This is in contrast to older methods that required six or more dental implants along the entire jaw to support a denture. Therefore, even many long-term denture wearers can be appropriate for this treatment even if they’ve experienced bone loss at the rear of the jaw.
The outer two dental implants are angled below the gumline to support the weight of the entire rear portion of the prosthetic arch.
The oral surgeon typically can place the four dental implants in a single appointment that takes just a few hours. Many patients can be fitted with an appliance that day as well, although the patient may get another, permanent prosthetic after the implants have osseointegrated completely.
An implant-supported denture tends to be more stable than a conventional appliance because the surrounding bone has formed a bond with the titanium implant. In essence, the dental implant functions like a biological tooth’s root does. In doing so, the implant helps to stabilize the jaw and prevent its erosion over time. Conventional dentures, on the other hand, lack such a root-like structure, and the jawbone atrophies as the years pass. Therefore, the denture eventually loses its fit when the jawbone’s contour changes enough. This is much less likely to occur with All on 4 dental implants.
Implant-supported dentures also tend to be more comfortable than standard appliances, and they’re more effective at chewing, as well, because of the physical connection between the jaw and the implants.
All on 4 is often a good option for patients who need to restore their smiles completely. Contact Austin Oral Surgery and speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members about this method and learn more about its benefits.