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All-on-4 Implant Retained Dentures

Smiling senior man at dental office Replacing even a single missing tooth is essential to ensure you maintain the optimal level of oral health and avoid further tooth loss. For those patients who have lost numerous teeth, smile restoration is even more essential. Not only does it ensure you look and feel better, it also restores your ability to eat a more varied diet. For many patients who experience extensive tooth loss, traditional, removable partial and full dentures have been the go to tooth replacement solution for decades. Today, many patients are able to achieve longer lasting results with improved stability using an implant supported denture. Unfortunately, some patients have experienced severely diminished jawbone density and gum tissue volume that makes implant supported denture placement impossible. The innovative All-on-4 denture may be a viable alternative for many patients. If you’re interested in learning more about All-on-4 implant supported dentures, call Region Dental to schedule a tooth replacement consultation with us in our La Porte dentistry practice.

What is All-on-4?

Senior man with attractive smileAll-on-4 is an innovative implant supported denture technique. Traditional implant-retained dentures use four to six implant posts strategically positioned along the gum line to support the denture. Patients who have experienced advanced tooth loss often struggle with diminished jawbone density and gum tissue volume that reduces chances for successful implant placement, and they need tissue grafts to restore bone density and soft tissue volume before success implant placement. The All-on-4 method allows us to utilize the naturally denser portion of the jaw to provide successful implant placement without the need for tissue grafts.

The All-on-4 Procedure

Smiling man with All-on-4 dentureLike other implant supported tooth replacement plans, the All-on-4 process is completed in two treatment phases – surgical placement and restoration. To complete the innovative All-on-4 implant placement, we use the naturally denser portion of the jaw at the front of the mouth. Two implants are placed vertically to support the front of the denture. Then, two implants are inserted diagonally from the back of the denture to the front of the jaw. We typically attach a light-weight temporary denture on the same day your implants are placed. Once the implants have fully fused with the jawbone, you’ll return to exchange your temporary denture for the final prosthetic.

Benefits of All-on-4 Treatment

Senior woman pointing to new dentureThere are many benefits associated with All-on-4 tooth replacement, including: