Losing a full row of teeth can be a painful and stressful experience. Replacing your teeth shouldn’t be. At Conklin & Ward Dental Group, we partner with patients to fully repair the form and function of their smiles. We offer a variety of tooth replacement options including removable dentures and traditional implant dentures. All-on-4 dentures are some of the most innovative restoration options we offer. They allow us to provide the advanced stability and longevity of implant dentures, using a much less invasive implant placement procedure. If you want to learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact our Millersville dental office to schedule a consultation today. We’ll review your situation and partner with you to create a plan to restore full, healthy function to your smile.
Traditional removable dentures are held in place through suction between the gums and denture base. Unfortunately, these replacements only restore about 20% of healthy dental function. Implant supported dentures are typically anchored to between four and six strategically positioned implant posts that are placed along the jawline, but this requires patients to have a large amount of healthy gum and bone tissue to support the implant posts. In order to receive an implant supported full denture, most patients need to have preparatory bone or soft tissue graft. All-on-4 dentures utilize the naturally denser portions of the jawbone at the front of the mouth, so more patients are able to receive an implant supported denture without the need for tissue grafts than was ever possible before.
Almost any patient is able to receive successful implant supported tooth replacement utilizing the All-on-4 method. Because the placement method utilizes the parts of the jaw that have the highest level of density to support the implant posts, they have a much higher success rate than traditional implant posts for patients who are fully or partially edentulous (without teeth).
All-on-4 implant dentures require us to strategically position four implant posts. Two are placed vertically into the jaw to support the front of the denture. The other two implants are positioned diagonally into the front of the mouth, supporting the back part of the denture. By maximizing the denser bone at the front of the jaw, patients are more likely to successfully receive dental implants without the need for invasive gum or bone tissue grafts.
Once your All-on-4 denture is in place, you can go brush your teeth twice each day as usual, using soft bristled toothbrushes or minimally abrasive toothpaste to avoid excessive wear to the prosthetic teeth. You may also want to invest in an air or water flosser to remove plaque between the gums and denture. During your six month dental exams, we’ll review your at-home hygiene products and routine to ensure you’re caring for your smile properly to maintain your All-on-4 denture as long as possible.