If you’re one of the estimated 40 million Americans that have lost all of their teeth, there’s a good chance you wear dentures. Unfortunately, there’s also a good chance you’ve learned about the drawbacks of wearing dentures! One of the most common complaints is that they stop fitting over time, resulting in poor function and frequent re-fitting appointments. You may have heard that implant-supported dentures can help your dentures fit and function better, but were told you aren’t a good candidate for traditional implants. If so, there’s a method that can work for you: All on 4 dental implants. If you’d like to know more, an implant dentist in Randolph discusses how just four implants can help your dentures fit better than ever.
Why Do Your Dentures Stop Fitting as Well?
One unanticipated consequence of tooth loss is bone loss. When your teeth are extracted, the roots are removed as well. The problem is that losing the roots of your teeth signals to your body to reabsorb your jawbone.
Since dentures are specifically made to fit your jaw right after losing your teeth, over time they become loose because the bone levels are continually changing, creating a “moving target” of sorts.
The crucial advantage of implants is that they replace the missing roots, which will maintain your bone levels. In addition, when used to support dentures, implants will make them dramatically more stable and solid than they would be otherwise, so you can eat, speak and function better than before.
But what if it’s been years since you started wearing dentures and you’ve already lost a lot of bone? If you’re in this situation, you may have been told you’re not a candidate for implants or that you require bone-grafting first.
What’s the Solution?
While the All on 4 implant method is a great option for anyone who wears dentures, it’s especially helpful for patients who can’t get traditional implants because they don’t have enough bone to support them.
In this procedure, the front two implants are placed vertically and the back two are at a 45-degree angle, which makes the most of even minimal bone levels.
Here are some other advantages of this method:
- Simplicity – It doesn’t require separate bone grafting surgery.
- Efficiency – In some cases, you can go home with your dentures the same day that the implants are placed.
- Cost – Relative to having many traditional implants placed, it’s far more cost-effective.
No matter how long you’ve been in dentures, All on 4 can not only give you a better fit but an improved quality of life as well. Scheduling a consultation is a great way to find out more about how this modern dental procedure can benefit you.
About the Author
Dr. Goldstein is an advanced general and cosmetic dentist in Randolph who is passionate about helping his patients find relief from ill-fitting dentures with the All on 4 method. By pursuing advanced continuing education and mastering the latest dental techniques, he’s able to bring the best of modern dentistry to his patients. He can be reached for questions through his website or at (973) 895-7995.