If you’ve lost all of your teeth, we’ll need to provide a denture to restore your smile. Skilled Melbourne dentist, Cedric C. Chenet, DDS offers three options. Traditional, removable dentures are crafted using a gum-colored base to support a full row of replacement teeth. The base material fits snuggly against the gum line, creating suction to hold the denture in place. For increased stability, an implant denture may be recommended. Traditional implant-retained dentures require our team to place a row of dental implants strategically along the gum line to mimic the lost roots of teeth. This procedure requires patients to be in very good oral and overall health and to have a significant amount of bone and soft tissue to provide support for the denture. For this reason, many patients need advanced tissue grafts prior to the placement of implant posts. All-on-4 dentures often make it possible for patients to achieve the increased stability and longevity of implant dentures without the need for more advanced tissue grafts. If you want to learn more about your tooth replacement options, call Dr. Chenet to schedule an appointment in one of our two convenient Melbourne dental office locations.
What is an All-on-4 Denture?
All-on-4 implant-retained dentures use an innovative technique developed to help patients make the most of their healthy bone and gum tissue to maximize the stability and longevity of a denture without the need for advanced preparatory tissue grafts. All-on-4 dentures offer a semi-permanent tooth replacement solution that allows patients to experience a close-to-natural smile restoration with a conservative treatment plan.
What is the All-on-4 Process Like?
Like traditional implant dentures, we’ll need to begin by placing dental implant posts. The unique positioning of the dental implants is what sets All-on-4 dentures apart from other treatment options. Two implant posts are positioned vertically into the jaw to support the front of the denture. The other two implants are positioned diagonally from the back of the denture to the front of the jawbone. Over the course of several months, the implants fuse with the supportive structures, recreating lost tooth roots. Once implants are fused with the gum line, we will attach your flawless, custom denture.
What are the Benefits of All-on-4 Dentures?
There are many benefits that make All-on-4 dentures beneficial for patients, including all of the following:
- Stability – the implant retained denture will restore about 70% of healthy chewing function, allowing you to eat a wide range of foods.
- Longevity – traditional dentures are replaced every five to ten years to ensure continued function, but an All-on-4 implant denture will last two decades or longer with proper care in our office and at-home.
- Conservative treatment – because the implant posts are positioned to utilize the denser portions of the jaw, there’s often no need for preparatory treatments like tissue grafts, making All-on-4 much more conservative.
- Natural appearance – by replacing both the roots and crowns of teeth, All-on-4 dentures much more closely mirror the appearance of your healthy, natural smile.