If you are missing teeth, think back to when they were in place. Were they removable? Of course not. This essentially explains the advantage of having fixed dentures—your smile is firmly anchored to dental implants. And with All-on-4 dentures, your periodontist in Worcester can restore your smile faster than ever before. Read on to learn about why Dr. Handsman and Dr. Jenny frequently recommend this option to their edentulous patients.
What Are All-on-4 Dentures?
All-on-4 is a fixed tooth replacement option that can restore your complete smile in as little as one appointment. As the name suggests, dentures are secured to four dental implants. Except for in our office, these dentures are not removable, and they function immediately and look great.
What’s the Difference Between All-on-4 and Traditional Implants?
Dentures can be secured to traditional dental implants, however the procedure usually requires more than four posts and rarely is the process completed in just one visit to the implant dentist in Worcester. With All-on-4, slightly smaller implants are strategically positioned along the jaw. In addition, they are angled to take advantage of your jaw’s greatest bone density. Even if you’ve been dealing with tooth loss for some time, as well as the associated bone deterioration, bone graft surgery is usually not necessary with All-on-4’s angular positioning.
How Are All-on-4 Implants Placed?
Dr. Handsman or Dr. Jenny will carefully plan your oral surgery for implant placement. The iCat cone beam scanner in our office gives the doctor a detailed view of your teeth, their roots and the underlying bone structure. With these images, we can determine exactly where to place your All-on-4 implants for the greatest stability.
Then, the implants are surgically embedded in your jaw and temporary dentures are put in place. These are specially designed to be worn while your gums heal. Then, after you’ve healed completely, your custom crafted permanent dentures are attached to the All-on-4 implants.
What Kind of Oral Hygiene is Needed with Implants?
Your All-on-4 dental implants and dentures require the same cleaning as natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing will keep your new smile clean and your mouth healthy. And be sure to schedule regular checkups with your dentist.
Contact Our Office Today
If you are considering dentures to replace your missing teeth, then you may be a good candidate for fixed dentures with All-on-4. Call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Handsman or Dr. Jenny.