Recreate a Flawless Smile
Following the loss of one or both full rows of teeth, a custom crafted denture will be used to restore the appearance and function of your smile. A traditional, removable denture restores about 20% of healthy tooth function, but an implant denture can renew 70% or more of your chewing ability, allowing you to consume a wider range of foods. However, the preparatory surgeries and implant placement procedures necessary for these treatments to be successful are more than some patients in need of dentures can handle. All-on-4 dentures offer an innovative dental implant supported tooth replacement option that makes it possible for more patients than ever before to receive a flawlessly functioning implant denture. If you want to learn more about your tooth replacement options, call to schedule a dental implant consultation at Vaca & Kirby Dental in Longview. We’ll examine your smile, explain your treatment options, and create a personalized tooth replacement plan that will keep you smiling.
What Is All-on-4?
Traditional dental implant supported dentures are attached to implant posts positioned along the jawbone. This means you’ll have four to six separate dental implant placement sites, and this invasive surgery can be difficult for many patients, especially following advanced tooth loss. All-on-4 allows us to maximize the naturally denser parts of the jawbone at the front of the mouth. This unique implant placement technique allows us to help patients to quickly create flawless smiles that last.
How Does All-on-4 Work?
Like other implant supported tooth replacement options, All-on-4 denture plans are completed in several treatment phases. When necessary, we will remove any damaged teeth and complete tissue grafts. Then, the implants are positioned. This is the part of treatment that makes All-on-4 so different. The All-on-4 denture treatment method uses the densest portions of the jaw at the front of the mouth to provide support for an entire denture. Two implants are placed vertically to support the front of the denture. The other two implant posts are positioned diagonally into the front of the jaw, supporting the back of the denture.
Am I a Candidate for All-on-4?
Because All-on-4 implant dentures offer a more conservative treatment option than traditional implant dentures, most patients are able to successfully complete these procedures. Ideal patients include:
- Those who want to improve the stability of a traditional denture can use an All-on-4 prosthetic to make the most of diminished jawbone density caused by advanced tooth loss and wearing a traditional, removable denture.
- Those who want to restore their smiles with a less invasive treatment option. All-on-4 often prevents the need for preparatory tissue grafts, making it more conservative.
- Those patients who are in relatively good oral and overall health and/or who have approval from their physicians to receive All-on-4 treatment should be able to successfully complete this process.
How Long Will My All-on-4 Denture Last?
Depending on how well you care for your All-on-4 denture, it can last for 20 years or longer. With careful at-home tooth brushing and flossing and regular trips to our office, your All-on-4 implant denture will look, feel, and function just like your healthy, natural smile for years to come.