While the benefits of All-on-4 are tremendous, the treatment process differs considerably from the one involved in getting conventional dentures.
All-on-4 Vs. Conventional Dentures: A Comparison
All-on-4 dentures are supported by biocompatible titanium dental implants that become a permanent fixture in the jaw thanks to osseointegration. The dental implants essentially serve as artificial tooth roots and having a structurally complete smile replacement offers numerous benefits, such as:
- Increased stability: The dental implants do a better job of securing the appliance than denture adhesives used with conventional dentures.
- Better durability of the appliance: The dental implants help to preserve the jawbone’s structure, while conventional dentures create an environment that fosters jawbone erosion.
- Improved chewing function: Implant-supported dentures are more effective at chewing thanks to the link to the jaw.
- Optimal comfort and convenience: Because they are structured like biological teeth, dental implants feel more lifelike and are easier to take care of.
Understandably, these All-on-4 advantages are quite attractive, prompting many patients to pursue this treatment.
What To Expect From The All-on-4 Treatment Process
The placement of the four dental implants used in All-on-4 is a surgical procedure, so if you choose this treatment option, you will work with an oral surgeon during the process. Because the oral surgeon only needs to insert four dental implants in the jaw, the procedure is completed in a single appointment.
In some circumstances, patients may be able to be fitted with a temporary appliance the day the dental implants are placed. That’s why this intervention is sometimes called “Smile in a Day.” After the bone tissue has fused completely with the dental implants, the patient gets a sturdy, permanent denture.
Although bone loss can sometimes be a barrier to dental implant placement, it’s less likely to be an issue with All-on-4. The dental implants are inserted toward the front of the jaw, where the jawbone is thicker and erodes more gradually.
Does the idea of a structurally complete, fully functional prosthetic smile appeal to you when considering your options for dentures? If so, contact Central Oklahoma Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates to schedule an All-on-4 consultation and get more information about this intervention.