Losing a tooth is never easy. Losing all your teeth is much more difficult.
It’s not just your smile that goes away when your teeth are missing. You lose your ability to eat and chew. Dentures can help some, but they aren’t the same as having your real teeth.
That’s true, but you might be able to make your dentures more effective if you gave them a boost. You can do that with All-on-4 dental implants at our dentist office in Richardson, TX, serving patients in and around Dallas.
If you already have dentures, you think you may getting them soon, or you know someone who is in that situation, then you should keep reading. We are sharing four reasons we recommend All-On-4 implants to our patients.
- All-on-4 implants provide security.
In this context, we know that dental implants provide a solid foundation to support your dentures.
Wearing dentures without dental implants is like building a house with no supporting structures. Adhesives can keep your dentures in place for short amounts of time, but there is a limit to what an adhesive can do.
A person with dentures may have one-fourth the bite force of a person with healthy teeth. By comparison, a person with All-on-4 dental implants will regain a chewing ability close or equal to someone with a full set of teeth.
This could mean the difference between enjoying a fresh, crisp apple or a bowl of applesauce.
The reason for this is because implants are placed directly into your jawbones.
- All-on-4 implants are better for your oral health.
We pointed out that dental implants are placed in your jaw. This is because dental implants were designed to replace the roots of your teeth.
Dentures by themselves replace the crowns of your missing or lost teeth. This is fine for your smile, but it can be detrimental to your mouth.
Without roots to provide stimulation to your jawbone, you will lose bone density. Over time, this loss of bone mass will change your appearance. Your face will start to “sink in” without the healthy bone to help you retain your facial shape.
All-on-4 implants provide the kind of stimulation that your jawbone needs. This encourages new bone growth, and that is what your bones need to remain healthy for the rest of your life.
- All-on-4 implants can restore your confidence.
We have mentioned some things All-on-4 dental implants can do for your mouth. They can restore your smile, and they can restore your ability to eat the foods that you enjoy.
We have seen this many times before. A patient comes to our office seeking help. He or she speaks softly or with his or her head down.
These patients are too ashamed to let anyone see their smiles, so they go out of their way to hide their teeth or lack thereof.
After completing a restorative treatment, it’s almost like they become new people. With their camera-ready smiles and strong, firm “teeth”, they feel comfortable with themselves. They hold their heads up high, and they speak with confidence.
- All-on-4 requires fewer dental implants.
All-on-4 gets its name for an obvious reason. It only requires four implants to hold your dentures in place.
You could get more implants, but All-on-4 is similarly effective for many patients. With All-on-4, two implants are placed vertically toward the front of your mouth and two implants are placed at an angle.
This placement strategy allows you to receive the maximum benefit with the minimal number of implants. This saves you time. This speeds up your recovery, and this saves you money compared to other implant options.
A Successful Solution
It’s one thing for All-on-4 implants to replace your teeth, but you also need to know that the results will last.
In the short-term (4 years), All-on-4 implants have a success rate that is between 96.3 and 100 percent. After 10 years, the success rate is between 94.8 and 98 percent.
And maybe just as important as those results are satisfaction rates. In a survey of 250 patients who received All-on-4 dental implants, 95 percent said they were satisfied or extremely satisfied.
Regain More Than A Smile
If you want to restore your bite force, keep your mouth healthy, and improve your quality of life, then All-on-4 dental implants may be just what you need.
Contact the dentist office of Dr. Fred Thompson, D.D.S., in Richardson, TX, at 972-619-5592 or with our online appointment form if you have any questions.