05 Oct All-on-4: Will My Replacement Teeth Be Comfortable?
All-on-4 is a tooth replacement method that anchors custom dentures to dental implants. This treatment option provides beautiful replacement teeth that function very similarly to natural tooth structure.
Many patients find that All-on-4 is more comfortable than conventional, unsupported dentures. They attribute increased comfort to the fact that implants provide greater stability and because these replacement teeth do not place as much pressure on the gingiva as traditional dentures.
What is All-on-4, exactly?
All-on-4 is a specific method of securing a full arch of dentures to four strategically-embedded dental implants. Dentures are used to replace visible tooth structure while dental implants address the loss of the root systems of teeth. The precise placement of dental implants will distribute the weight of dentures evenly throughout the mouth while also stabilizing replacement teeth for optimal oral function.
Today’s dentures are not like our ancestors’. They are custom made with help from the latest technology to ensure a perfect fit and lifelike appearance. Materials such as porcelain are used to resemble biological teeth while pink-tinted acrylics are used to blend dentures seamlessly into the gingiva. The result is natural and healthy looking replacement teeth.
What are the benefits of All-on-4?
All-on-4 offers unique advantages when compared to other prosthetics. Since dental implants anchor these replacement teeth, patients can enjoy more well-rounded diets without difficulty or discomfort.
Dental implants also protect the foundation of the oral health system: our jawbones. Bone deterioration commonly affects patients who have missing teeth. This is because the roots of teeth are no longer present to keep bone stimulated. Implants, however, do keep bone stimulated and help prevent bone loss.
All-on-4 is low maintenance. Patients will brush and floss as they normally would. Some find that using water irrigators help keep the gingiva clean. Normal checkups and cleanings are still necessary to ensure that dental implants and dentures are functioning as they should.
If you have questions about All-on-4 and dental implants, call us to reserve a consultation with our experienced oral surgeons.
Content found on this blog is intended for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional judgement, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please speak with a professional if you have concerns about your oral health.