One of the many advantages of dental implants is that the replacement tooth approximates the strength of the missing biological tooth. This is also true in the case of implant-supported dentures, such as the All-on-4 method.
All-on-4 uses four dental implants to secure a prosthetic appliance to the jawbone, which forms a bond with the surface of the titanium implant and makes the implant a fixture in the mouth’s structure several months after the oral surgeon places the implants in the jaw. That physical link between bone and implant helps the implant to function quite similarly to the root of a biological tooth. It also makes the appliance feel much more natural to the patient than a conventional denture does.
Because of the root-like structure of the dental implants, an All-on-4 patient will retain much of the chewing function that the natural teeth provided. Patients particularly appreciate the opportunity to continue to enjoy their favorite foods. Patients should use common sense, though. Biting down on objects that could damage natural teeth can also harm your All-on-4 dental implants.
Although this technique uses only four dental implants, those implants are quite capable of supporting the weight of the entire denture. The outer two implants are angled beneath the gum line so that they can hold up the rear portion of the denture.
All-on-4 dental implants are convenient for patients, as well. The oral surgeon can place the implants in a single appointment that takes just a few hours. Often, the patient can be fitted with an appliance at that session, minimizing the amount of time that the patient has to spend without replacement teeth.
All-on-4 dental implants can be nearly as strong as biological teeth, which helps to improve the functioning of the prosthetic. To learn more about this aspect of All-on-4, as well as other benefits that patients get from this treatment, call Stonebriar Facial & Oral Surgery and speak to one of our knowledgeable providers.