Missing an entire row of teeth can cause a whole array of complications, including decreased jawbone density and difficulty maintaining a steady bite with dentures. The all-on-four procedure gives patients the opportunity to stabilize their dentures and acquire additional support to the jawbone. Here i’s what you need to know about all-on four.
What is All-on Four?
All-on four is a procedure that uses implants to stabilize a set of full lower or upper dentures. This method utilizes four implants strategically placed in the jawbone for maximum support for the bone and the dentures. This method of replacing teeth and stabilizing dentures has been proven to provide patients missing many teeth a way to replace their dentition and completely restore the function and appearance of their smile.
Additionally, all-on four can often provide patients with teeth in the same day they receive their implants. All-on four makes it easy for patients to replace a whole arch of teeth with only four implants, reducing the cost while providing maximum stability.
This procedures provides several benefits to traditional dentures. In addition to added support, all on four slows accelerated jaw bone deterioration and supplies added comfort when using the permanent set during common activities, such as eating and speaking. Furthermore, patients have the option of choosing between removable overdentures or fixed dentures to fit their lifestyle.
Cleaning is as easy as maintaining natural teeth; just brush and floss normally. If the prosthesis suffers damage or malfunctions, repairing or replacing your restoration is easy. Since the prosthesis rests over the implant posts, patients would only require repairs or a replacement for the denture.
Is All-on Four Right for You?
While many edentulous patients prefer greater stability with their dentures, not everyone can benefit from all-on four. All-on four requires adequate bone density in order to receive the implants, so those with inadequate bone density may be ineligible.
However, those who may not have enough bone can receive a preliminary bone grafting procedure to improve the jaw’s strength and density. Schedule a consultation with your dentists to find out if you bone grafting is an option.
Find out more by calling or visiting our office in Baton Rouge. Schedule a consultation and find out if you’re eligible for the all-on four procedure.