How All-on-4 Implants Work
Traditionally, dental implants were used to replace a single missing tooth. Advances in technology and surgical methods have shown that dental implants can actually support different types of prosthetics including dentures and bridges. Dental implants are small titanium posts that act as an anchor for a prosthetic tooth or series of prosthetic teeth. Since bone integrates with titanium, implants have a very long lifespan and are biocompatible with the body’s structures. Surgically embedded into the jawbone, an implant will ultimately replace lost mineralized structure beneath the gum line. With the All-on-4 method, a set of dentures is fixed to four, small implants that are strategically placed in the jaws. The implants will securely hold dentures in place to prevent denture slippage when eating or speaking. Today’s dentures are made from very lifelike materials such as porcelain and pink acrylics to closely mimic the appearance of natural oral structures.
Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures
When compared to conventional prosthetics like unsupported dentures, which rest on the gums, All-on-4 greatly improves oral function. This allows patients to eat a variety of foods with confidence and ease. Implants also prevent the jawbone from atrophying—which will aid in maintaining a youthful appearance. Furthermore, dentures supported by implants tend to look and feel more like biological teeth.
If you have suffered with tooth loss or require dentures, consider visiting Central Oklahoma Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates for a consultation to see if All-on-4 implants are right for you. To reserve an appointment with our compassionate and caring staff, call our office at 405-624-1300 today.