Patients missing a full row of teeth used to have two options – traditional, removable braces and advanced dental implant supported tooth replacement. For many, neither of these options are ideal. Removable dentures can slip and slide and they only return about 20% of natural chewing ability at the very best. Traditional dentures give patients back more of their natural chewing ability, but for patients who have suffered from advanced tooth loss, completing these complex implant restoration treatments may not be feasible. All-on-4 is an innovative treatment method for patients who have suffered from advance tooth loss. It relies on naturally denser portions of the jaw to support the entire denture on just four implant posts. If you want to learn more about All-on-4, other tooth replacement plans, or any of the services available from the Tysons Dental Esthetics team, please don’t hesitate to call. Our skilled team will answer questions over the phone or schedule a tooth replacement consultation for you in our modern dental practice.
What is All-on-4?
All-on-4 is an innovative implant retained denture technique. As the name suggests, just four dental implants are usually adequate to support an entire denture. The key to the All-on-4 system is that naturally denser parts of the bone are used to support the denture rather than requiring patients to receive advanced bone and soft tissue grafts.
How is All-on-4 Different than Other Options?
Unlike traditional implants that are positioned across the jawbone to support the denture, All-on-4 uses two vertical implants to support the front of the denture and two diagonally positioned implants to support the back of your tooth replacement prosthetic, allowing the entire denture to be supported by the naturally denser part of the jaw. This simplified treatment method also makes it possible for patients to heal more quickly and reduces risk for complications and implant failure.
How are All-on-4 Implant Dentures Placed?
The process itself is essentially the same as traditional dental implant tooth replacement. We begin by making an incision in the soft tissue. Then, the implants are placed according to plan either vertically to support the front of the denture or diagonally to support the back. We then, place protective caps that allow the implants to fuse with the jaw bone and maintain space to attach the tooth replacement. Once the implants have fully fused with the bone and soft tissue, we can attach your permanent, natural looking and feeling All-on-4 denture.
How do I Care for My Implant-Supported Dentures?
Once your implant supported denture is in place, you can brush twice a day just like you would your own, natural smile. We can help you find the best oral hygiene products to keep your dentures clean and functional. In addition to twice daily brushing, you will also want to use antimicrobial mouth rinses and/or a water flosser to remove plaque and tartar buildup between the gums and denture base. Without regular removal, this plaque accumulation can lead to gum disease that breaks down the connective tissue stabilizing the dental implants and your denture. During your six month dental exam, we can provide complete, thorough cleanings to help limit your risk for periodontal disease.