If life happened and you have several teeth missing, all-on-4 is one of the teeth restorations that the dentist may recommend. Missing teeth not only cause significant frustration and self-esteem issues but could also have adverse effects on the oral cavity and general wellbeing.
Although dentures are the most common and oldest method of replacing multiple lost teeth, they are not so comfortable and are known to slip out awkwardly. Fortunately, technological advancements in dentistry have made it possible to develop a better and more stable solution for restoring multiple teeth with remarkable benefits over other options. This is known as all-on-4 or implant-supported dentures.
Why choose all-on-4?
The all-on-4 system combines different dental restoration methods to provide a sturdier and more secure replacement than traditional options. All-on-4 comprises a set of fixed dental implants that are inserted into the jawbone to create a solid foundation for the denture. The following are reasons to consider this option for dental restoration:
Avert bone loss and deterioration
One of the consequences of missing teeth is jawbone deterioration. All-on-4 minimizes bone loss since it is made up of implants that mimic the stimulation provided by natural teeth to preserve the mass and strength of the bone. Even in patients that have suffered bone loss, all-on-4 can still be used. The implants used have a different structure from regular implants and provide a secure integration with the existing jawbone. This means that there may likely be no need for a bone graft before proceeding with treatment; this significantly reduces the treatment and recovery time.
All-on-4 is a better option for patients who desire a set of prosthetic teeth with a natural appearance and feel. This makes it possible to enjoy their favorite meals without concern. The confidence that comes with knowing your dentures will not fall out or slip when you are eating or talking is something to desire.
Better oral care
Caring for the all-on-4 is simple and like caring for the natural teeth. Brush and floss regularly, not forgetting to use dental rinses and visit the dentist regularly for checkups. Another added benefit is that you no longer have to deal with messy or expensive dental glues that are needed for traditional dentures.
The results of all-on-4 are durable and do not require repeated fitting appointments like conventional dentures. Since the dentures are connected to the platform provided by dental implants, the linkage is not subjected to the same issues caused by gum recession, which is what loosens regular dentures and makes them uncomfortable eventually. The all-on-4 solution is more comfortable and easier for the patient.
Patients with multiple missing teeth need to know that delaying treatment can lead to oral health complications such as gum recession and bone deterioration. If you would like to know how all-on-4 can help restore the function of your lost teeth, feel free to book an appointment with the dentist for a consultation. Early treatment helps to prevent these issues and keeps your oral cavity and overall wellbeing in good condition.
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