All-on-4 Dental Implants
IMPLANT-SUPPORTED DENTURES OFFER UNRIVALLED STABILITY AND AN INCREDIBLY LIFELIKE APPEARANCE
Five to 10 years ago, most patients were unaware that All-on-4—full-arch fixed dental implant bridges—existed. Today, patients often request this treatment specifically, but is it always in their best interests? Every case involving dental implants is different, and it is critical to assess these five factors BEFORE you make a final recommendation for All-on-4 treatment.
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures are large dental restorations that will sit atop implant posts, permanently anchored in your mouth. We offer two types of implant supported dentures:
Partial dentures: Partial dentures may be appropriate if you are missing several adjacent teeth. They are made up of multiple crowns, fused together, and they can replace your upper and/or lower teeth.
Full dentures: Full dentures will replace your entire dental arch. They, too, are appropriate for both the upper and the lower jaw. Often, we will use the advanced All-on-4® method to provide full implant-supported dentures.
Are You a Candidate for Implant-Supported Dentures?
If you are missing all or a large number of your teeth, you may be a candidate for these permanent restorations. However, to qualify for implants, you should have enough healthy jawbone volume. Tooth loss can result in jaw degeneration, and you may not have a strong enough foundation for the posts. Fortunately, as a skilled dentist, Dr. Tran also offers bone grafting. He can use a sample of your bone or a synthetic substitute material to rebuild these recessed areas of your jaw. At your implants consultation, we will take digital x-rays and 3-D cone beam scans. Using these images, we can determine your candidacy for implants and ascertain whether you might need a preparatory bone graft.
What to Expect When You Receive Implant-Supported Dentures
Before your surgery, we will provide local anesthesia, as well as oral conscious sedation or nitrous oxide. Then Dr. Tran will make small incisions in your gums, and he will insert the titanium implant posts in your jaw. Using the images he took at your consultation, he can ensure precise placement with long-lasting results. Typically, if you are going to receive a partial denture, your dentist will set two or more implants in your jaw. For a full implant-supported denture, you will require four or more implants.
Implants typically require four to six months for full integration, although we may provide a temporary prosthesis during this period. During your recovery, your jawbone and gums will seal around the posts. Through this process, they will become permanent parts of your jaw structure. After you have healed, we will attach your final restoration.
The Extensive Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures offer many benefits over traditional removable prosthetics. Most obviously, they are much more stable. Fixed in your mouth, your denture will not slip out of place. You can eat all of your favorite foods, and your prosthetic will not affect your speech patterns. In addition, your implant-supported denture will look very realistic. It will sit right along your gum line, and it will not require any plastic base, metal clips, or denture adhesive. Plus, thanks to our skilled lab technicians and their attention to detail, your restoration will be a near-perfect match to your natural teeth.
Finally, because the implant posts will replace your tooth roots, they will also send out the same regenerative signals. In this way, they will help to prevent jawbone recession and a changing facial structure.