As a more stable and durable alternative to traditional full dentures, implant supported dentures such as the All-on-4 method offer more security and comfort when chewing and speaking. Placed by your periodontist, the All-on-4 method involves using tactically inserted dental implants to support an entire set of prosthetic teeth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small titanium rods that resemble a screw. These rods are embedded into the jawbone. Implants can replace a single tooth or anchor several prosthetic teeth. The jawbone will fuse around the titanium rod, much like bone fuses to a tooth’s roots. Because implants mimic the function of a tooth’s roots, patients enjoy a lower risk for gum recession and bone atrophy along with a stable anchor for their prosthetic teeth.
How does the All-on-4 method work?
Unlike traditional dentures that rest on top of the gums, All-on-4 dentures are stabilized by the strategic placement of four dental implants. Because of the strength of titanium, the process where bone fuses to the implant, and the location of each implant, prosthetic teeth are securely supported. If you are a candidate for this procedure, your periodontist will schedule an oral surgery to place your implants. Then, a set of prosthetic teeth will be affixed to the implants via abutments. This prevents dentures from slipping and moving through the mouth and affords patients more stability when chewing foods, even tougher foods like steak. Prosthetic teeth are custom made in dental laboratories specifically for each patient. Made from a combination of materials like porcelain and acrylic, these prosthetics closely resemble the appearance of teeth and gums.
I’m interested in implant supported dentures, what should I do next?
If you are considering utilizing dental implants to anchor prosthetic teeth, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with our periodontist to determine if this procedure is best for your needs. At your consultation, our team will discuss your tooth replacement options and examine your overall oral health.
To schedule an appointment, contact our friendly team at ROOT Periodontal & Implant Center today.