Human beings have understood for centuries that losing teeth is not a good thing. People have used everything from animal teeth to ivory to dentures to replace their missing teeth.
But it’s only been since the invention of modern dental implants that we have had something that could really restore the form and the function of our teeth.
Now, modern dentistry has made advances in the use of dental implants as well with All-on-4® implant placement. With this technique, our dentists have helped many patients enjoy the benefits of implant-supported dentures faster than they could before.
Everyone at Advanced Dental Associates wants our patients to keep their smiles. We also want you to be able to eat comfortably and to continue eating all the foods that you enjoy.
In order to explain All-on-4, we need to take a step back and discuss implant-supported dentures.
Traditional dentures rest over your gums. They will stay in place most of the time initially, but they will become looser and less stable over time. This is due to the changes in the shape of your mouth that are a direct result of not having roots … or something to replace them.
That’s exactly what dental implants are — replacements for the roots of your lost, missing, or extracted teeth. With implants in place, your jaw will maintain its shape, and your dentures will remain securely in place.
What does that mean for you?
Based on our experience at Advanced Dental Associates, it means a better quality of life.
When you have implant-supported dentures, you don’t worry that your teeth are going to coming loose when you are trying to tell your grandchildren a story or place an order at your favorite restaurant.
That leads us to a major advantage that dental implants give you compared to traditional dentures.
If you try to bite something with traditional dentures, you can generate about one-quarter of the power you had before you lost your teeth. That makes many things much harder to bite and chew, and that’s assuming your dentures don’t get pulled out of position in the process.
With implant-supported dentures, you can regain nearly all of your original biting force. That means you have force behind each bite, and you don’t have to strain to chew your food.
In other words, you can feel free to order whatever you’d like from the menu when you have implant-supported dentures.
Call 210-819-5233 if you would like to learn more about implants and All-on-4.
How Is All-On-4 Different From Other Dental Implants?
Let’s start with the obvious difference. With All-on-4, you only use four dental implants to hold your dentures in place.
This is a case of working smarter, not harder on behalf of our patients. Instead of sticking several dental implants in your jaw, our dentists can strategically place four implants to give you the maximum benefit from each.
The result is a secure and stable foundation to support your dentures.
It may go without saying, but using four dental implants also can save you money compared to other implant placements simply by using few implants.
Now, you may have to wait several months to have dentures attached to your implants will other placement procedures. This is so you have time to heal before your replacement teeth are added.
That may leave you wondering how much longer you will be without “teeth.”
That worry goes away with All-on-4. We are able to place a temporary set of dentures on your dental implants the same day as your All-on-4 procedure. This is because of the way those implants are positioned as part of this restorative dental service.
When you leave our office, you won’t feel like you have to hide your smile if someone asks you to pose for a picture.
Now, you won’t have your full bite force right away, but you will be able to eat. You also will notice your bite becoming stronger as you heal. When you are ready, we will replace your temporary dentures with your permanent set.
We know what All-on-4 has meant to so many patients who have come to Advanced Dental Associates. We would be happy to discuss what it could do for you or someone you love, too.
Scheduling Your All-On-4 Consultation
If you live in or near San Antonio, our dentists will be happy to discuss how the All-on-4 procedure and dental implants can enhance your experience with dentures.