If you wear traditional dentures, you know that they don’t feel or act like your natural teeth. Conventional dentures rub against the gums and force you to learn a whole new way to approach food. They can limit the foods you eat and make you feel nervous about eating with friends. Patients who’ve made the switch to All-On-4® implant dentures will tell you: they are more comfortable and natural-feeling than traditional dentures.
What Makes All-on-4 Special?
Standard implant dentures are a great alternative to traditional dentures, but they require a long healing period and they aren’t possible for everyone. If you’ve been without your teeth for several years already, you may require extensive bone grafting surgeries to be able to qualify. Many patients who did not qualify for implant dentures find they can still get a better set of teeth, with All-on-4.
How does it work? All-on-4 makes use of a special tapered implant with top-to-bottom threads that integrate well with the jawbone. Using a slanted angle for the back implants takes advantage of the bone you have, so bone grafting is not required. Patients who opt for All-on-4 get a fixed set of stable implant dentures, all in one day.
Benefits of All-on-4 Dentures
All-on-4 dentures are a permanent solution to tooth loss, with a success rate of over 90 percent. If you take good care of your prosthetic teeth, they will last you for many years. This is a stark contrast to the constantly-changing fit of traditional dentures. Patients report many other benefits, including the following.
The greatest benefit of All-on-4 is that they feel more natural than dentures. They do not rub against the gums because they are attached to your jaw bones. You will be able to eat mostly as you did when you had a mouth full of healthy teeth.
No More Bone Loss
With implants firmly in place, your jawbone will not deteriorate any further. This is a huge relief to dental patients who are concerned with losing their facial structure after the loss of their natural teeth. All-on-4 ensures you will continue to look like you—and won’t experience the shrinking-jaw phenomenon that is inevitable without implants.
Because All-on-4 is a fixed denture, you can brush and floss the dentures to keep them clean. Flossing around your implants is a bit different than flossing natural teeth, so we will show you how to do it after your surgery. You don’t need to use an adhesive to keep them in place, and you don’t need to soak them at night. With simpler care, many patients find All-on-4 an easier solution to fit into their lives.
More Natural Biting and Chewing
Traditional dentures change how you look at eating. If the foods in front of you aren’t soft or small enough, you may dislodge your dentures trying to eat them. That’s no way to enjoy the best years of your life! Implant-based All-on-4 dentures give you back the freedom to choose the full range of foods you enjoy.
Perhaps the most tempting benefit of All-on-4 is that you get your new teeth the same day. With standard implant-based dentures, you must wait through a long osseointegration period, in which new bone grows around the implants. Due to All-on-4’s patented system, you get to wear your new teeth home on the same day as your surgery.
All-on-4 is the most economical choice for implant dentures. This means patients find the entire process faster, more gratifying, and more affordable than other implant options. It’s such an attractive proposition, that Yuma Smiles receives many patients from out-of-state who come here for All-on-4.
If you want to learn more about All-on-4, visit Yuma Smiles of Yuma, AZ. We will assess your candidacy and walk you through the process. Call us at (928) 344-1060 to make an appointment with Dr. Sam Carroll.