Are you considering All-on-4 dentures as a way to regain your smile after experiencing widespread tooth loss? This is a great option, but if you are on the fence, knowing the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this system can help you to make your decision.
How Does the System Work?
The All-on-4 system works by having four implants placed toward the front of your jaw in order to fully support your dentures. Once the implants are placed, the jawbone will begin to fuse around it so that they become permanent fixtures in your mouth.
How Can Four Implants Support an Entire Set of Dentures?
The dental implants are strategically placed in order to support an entire lower or upper denture. The outer two implants will be angled under the gums so that they can fully support the rear portion of the denture.
Is All-on-4 a Better Option than Dentures?
The All-on-4 system is a more secure system than dentures, and it is also permanent. These dentures will feel more lifelike in addition to being more functional and durable than your current dentures.
How Long Will the Surgery Take?
For most patients, surgery to have All-on-4 dentures put in should only take a couple of hours, and you should be able to go home wearing a temporary appliance while you jawbone heals.
What Will the Results Look Like?
The final result should be a set of teeth that feel and look natural, and many people won’t even be able to tell that they aren’t your natural teeth. You can also choose your shade of white, so if you would like a brighter smile than you had with your natural teeth, that is also an option.
If you have more questions about All-on-4 and whether the system is right for you, talk to your dentist or oral surgeon.