Are you unhappy with your dentures? If so, you’re not alone. Many people encounter difficulty adjusting to conventional prosthetics – especially when it comes to eating and speaking. While dentures are certainly better than having no replacement teeth, there are new methods to enhance the effectiveness and durability of conventional dentures with dental implants.
Stabilizing dentures with dental implants is a great method for increasing a person’s oral function with prosthetics. Moreover, securing your dentures with dental implants will extend the life of your replacement teeth. When it comes to total tooth replacement, All-on-4 is one specific method our oral surgeons use to restore incomplete smiles.
Why Do Dentures Move When I Eat?
You might experience conventional prosthetics moving if you have worn your dentures for a long time and have experienced changes in your face’s bone structure, or if your dentures have always felt uncomfortable due to fitting improperly.
Most of the time, people’s conventional prosthetics move after a person has developed bone atrophy. Bone deterioration occurs after tooth loss because the roots of teeth are no longer present to keep bone active and stimulated. Without stimulation, the body will resorb bone mass. The deterioration of the jaws can drastically change the shape of the face – many times giving people an aged, “sunken in” appearance. Losing bone is more than a cosmetic concern. It can have far-reaching effects on a person’s wellbeing and oral health.
How Can All-on-4 Help?
All-on-4 is a specific technique for anchoring arches of prosthetic teeth to dental implants. Essentially, four dental implants are loaded into the jaw in very strategic locations so that they can serve as sturdy bases for arches of prosthetic teeth. All-on-4 will stabilize dentures to implants so that they don’t move. It will also help preserve bone in the jaws because dental implants will keep bone stimulated the way that the roots of teeth do.
By anchoring dentures to dental implants, patients can enjoy unprecedented confidence in their replacement teeth. If you have questions about All-on-4, call Stonebriar Facial & Oral Surgery today to reserve a consultation.