Patients who have lost all of their teeth often are concerned about how well they’ll be able to chew their favorite foods after their smiles are restored. Many conventional denture wearers find that their new smiles fall far short of matching the chewing function of their biological smiles. However, a more structurally complete option known as All on 4 can help patients continue to enjoy their favorite foods.
With All on 4, an oral surgeon inserts four dental implants into the patient’s jaw in order to secure the prosthetic. In the months after dental implant placement, the surrounding bone bonds with the dental implants in a process called osseointegration. The implants become fixed in the jaw, and the connection between the bone and the dental implants facilitates the implants’ ability to withstand strong chewing forces needed to process a wide variety of foods.
While conventional dentures might slide out of place or be otherwise ineffective at chewing, All on 4 technology represents a significant improvement, so patients can eat almost anything they want. Common sense is still a must, though, as any food (or non-food item) that could harm your biological teeth could damage All on 4 dentures, too. Your oral surgeon will give you more guidance on what you can and can’t chew with your implant-supported dentures.
All on 4 dentures don’t just give your diet a boost. They also help to stabilize your jaw by preventing its erosion after tooth loss. Therefore, an implant-supported denture will retain its fit over the years when a conventional appliance would need to be re-lined and refitted every so often.
Another advantage of All on 4 is that the dental implants are placed toward the front of the patient’s jaw. The bone atrophies more slowly in this area, so patients who have experienced bone loss in other areas of the jaw can still qualify for All on 4.
All on 4 dentures can give you the opportunity to continue to enjoy most of your favorite foods. To learn more about this benefit and other advantages of this treatment option, contact Austin Oral Surgery today to schedule your initial consultation.