All-on-4 Implant Dentures
Replacing an entire row of teeth with dental implant supported dentures used to require patients to have a high level of jawbone density. Unfortunately, most patients who have lost a full row of teeth have also experienced diminished jawbone density. That meant extra time spent on bone grafts and other preparatory procedures to ensure their smile could successfully support dental implant posts. With the innovative All-on-4 denture tooth replacement method, the Waco team at Dental Station Family Dentistry is able to offer patients a faster, more comfortable tooth replacement option. If you’re interested in learning more about All-on-4, call our Waco dental office to schedule a tooth replacement consultation today. We’ll evaluate your smile and help you find the right tooth replacement solution.
What is All-on-4?
All-on-4 is an innovative dental implant supported denture that uses the naturally denser part of the jawbone at the front to support an entire dental prosthetic. This means patients who would otherwise be unable to receive an implant supported full denture may be able to successfully receive an implant-retained denture.
How is All-on-4 Different?
Traditional implant supported dentures require the placement of dental implant posts evenly spaced along the jawbone. The surgical placement of four or more implants across the entire gum line increased the time it takes for patients to make a full recovery, and it can dramatically increase the amount of time it takes for the implants to fuse with the gum and bone tissue. By localizing the entire surgical process, patients are able to heal more quickly, and rather than adding bone grafts to strengthen the jaw, we can make use of the naturally denser portions of the patients’ bone tissue. Simply put, that means patients heal more quickly, have less risk for implant failure, and don’t need invasive bone grafts.
What Should I Expect from the All-on-4 Tooth Replacement Process?
The dental implant placement and restoration process will not change much. Treatment will be performed in two phases. During your initial treatment phase, the four dental implant posts are surgically positioned. Two of the implants are placed vertically to support the front of your denture, and two are placed diagonally to support the back. Once in place, we provide a temporary denture. This removable prosthetic protects your healing implants and partially renews chewing ability as your implants fuse with the supportive structures. After the implants have completely bonded with the gum and jawbone, you’ll return to our office where we’ll place your final, fixed denture.
How Long Will My All-on-4 Denture Last?
With proper care, your All-on-4 denture will last for twenty years or longer without need for repair or replacement. In fact, most patients are able to keep their All-on-4 denture for the rest of their lifetime. Caring for your denture is simple. You should continue to brush two minutes at a time twice a day just like you always have. We may recommend you switch to a softer toothbrush or less abrasive toothpaste. Otherwise, you can continue as usual. To floss you will need to use specialized flossing tools or a water flosser to ensure there is no plaque or tartar buildup at the gum lines. One of the main causes of implant failure is perio-implantitis, or gum disease that effects dental implants.