All-On-4 Dental Implants
For hundreds of years, dentures have been the go-to solution for tooth loss. Of course, the years have been kind, so dentures of today are a far cry better looking and more comfortable than the ones your ancestors had to wear. Today, in fact, there are dentures that are securely held in place with dental implants. One type of these anchored dentures have become extremely popular. All-On-4 dentures are permanently secured to four dental implants that are strategically placed along your jaw. With these, you will have the appearance, strength and stability of natural teeth, so you’ll be able to chew, speak, smile and laugh with confidence!
Receiving Your All-On-4 Dentures
For Dr. Greer, placing All-On-4 dentures is very similar to the standard dental implant process. There are, however, a few significant differences. As the name implies, these dentures are stabilized by only four implants that are precisely placed along your jawbone. North Dallas All-On-4 dental implants are somewhat smaller than conventional implants, too. But when placed at an angle within you jaw in order to take advantage of the greatest bone density, they provide the same security as their close cousins. And they are likewise made of titanium, a biocompatible metal that allows the implants to easily integrate with the surrounding bone tissue.
As with standard implants, All-On-4 implants provide the added advantage of helping keep your jawbone healthy and your facial features full. With removable dentures, you run the risk of losing volume in your jaw, because there is nothing to stimulate new tissue growth. All-On-4 dentures, on the other hand, provide aesthetic value and act just like natural roots that keep your jaw healthy.
Immediately after the minor oral surgery to place your All-On-4 dental implants, Dr. Greer will give you a temporary set of dentures. Therefore, you’ll leave our office with a complete set of teeth in place. These dentures are specially designed to protect your gums during healing, which can take anywhere from six to eight months.
While your gums heal, the implants and your jawbone fuse together just as your tooth roots and jaw once did. The resulting connection provides a firm anchor for your dentures. After several months, you’ll return to your All-On-4 dentist to have abutments attached to the implants. Then, your new dentures are outfitted with a metal undercarriage that easily attaches to these abutments. With strict oral hygiene at home and regular dental checkups at Dr. Greer’s office, your All-On-4 implant dentures will give you a natural looking smile that will last for many years.