Why All-On-4® is Better than Dentures
Tooth loss affects every single part of your life. Eating and speaking become a challenge. Your smile is impacted. Even the health of your jawbone is affected by tooth loss. The effects only become worse, the more teeth you lose. Dental implants are a widely popular treatment for replacing missing teeth, even if you are missing an entire arch. However, if you do not have sufficient bone mass in your jaw, it is much more difficult for your jaw to successfully support the necessary number of implant posts, an issue that can lead to implant failure. It used to be that insufficient bone mass meant dentures. Today, DFW Oral Surgeons can replace an entire arch of missing teeth with All-On-4®.
While the dentures used today are a great improvement, they still come with several downsides. First, they rely on your gums for support, tissue that was not meant to endure the pressure that dentures put on them. They can slip out of place, which is not only embarrassing but can also cause painful sores. It does take time to get use to wearing your dentures and getting use to eating foods again. Additionally, while dentures replace many of the functions of your missing teeth, they do not stop bone loss. This means that, after some time, your dentures will no longer fit properly due to your jawbone changing. As a result, you will need to have your dentures replaced every few years to ensure that your restorations remain comfortable and functional.
You may be wondering how it is possible to use fewer implants when you do not have a substantial amount of bone mass. The success of this treatment is not in the number of implants. Instead, it relies on how the posts are placed. Two posts are implanted vertically at the front of the jaw, where there is typically more bone mass. The other two posts are placed at the back of the jaw, one on each side. These posts are implanted at a 45-degree angle, which maximizes contact between existing bone and the posts and helps to ensure proper osseointegration. This angle also helps to avoid the sinus cavities, which helps to avoid the need for a sinus lift.
What Benefits Does All-On-4® Provide?All-On-4® offers several significant benefits over traditional dentures.
If you have been told that your jaw is not strong enough for dental implants, this does not mean that you have to live with dentures. Call DFW Oral Surgeons at (972) 539-1491 today to learn more about All-On-4® and find out if it is the right treatment for you.
John C. Shillingburg, DDS
Certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Seattle Study Club Established in 2013 by John C. Shillingburg, DDS