“All on four” dentures are implant-retained dentures that are held in place by four dental implants in the arch of the mouth. The benefits of all on four dentures include:
What makes implant retained dentures different than typical dentures is that instead of an acrylic piece covering the roof of your mouth, the denture is shaped similar to a “U” or horseshoe, and is screwed directly to the dental implants. This secure hold keeps the dentures in place during eating, speaking or smiling. With the reduced area of your mouth covered by an acrylic denture, you can enjoy your food more appropriately and find the adjustment time much easier than that of having complete denture therapy.
Patients that choose to have All on Four Dentures will first require implant therapy in the arch of their mouth where the denture is to be placed. Dental implants typically take 3 to 6 months from start to finish, allowing the new titanium root to integrate with the surrounding jawbone. If bone grafting is required, this may add some recovery time to allow for new bone to grow in the area that is strong enough to support a dental implant.
After the implant sites have healed and are structurally secure in the surrounding bone, the implant-supported denture can be placed. The denture goes over the implants and is then screwed into place directly to the implant. After the connection is covered, you can enjoy a permanent set of dentures that you will find secure and easy to care for.
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