Losing permanent teeth is a difficult experience for many patients. Those without teeth have pronounced difficulties with basic oral functions such as eating and speaking. Furthermore, tooth loss negatively affects oral health beyond the function and appearance of missing teeth. Edentulous patients ultimately lose bone mass and gum tissue, too. For these reasons, replacing missing teeth is essential to maintaining oral function and preserving bone mass and gum tissue. With modern techniques and advanced technology, patients have more options than ever before for replacing teeth including utilizing dental implants to support dentures.
The Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures offer many benefits to edentulous patients when compared to traditional prosthetics. Traditional dentures rest on and over the gum line where the arched shape of the jawbone assists in their support. However, dentures need to be replaced and relined over time because patients will begin to develop bone loss and the gums will recede. When patients lose bone, dentures will not fit properly and will begin to slip through the mouth.
Fortunately, there is a remedy for this problematic issue; implant supported dentures firmly lock dentures in place while also preventing the loss of bone mass in the future. A dental implant is a surgically embedded rod made from titanium. Acting as a tooth’s roots, bone will naturally fuse around the implant. Because implant supported dentures are anchored by dental implants, patients enjoy eating their favorite foods with ease and do not have to worry about embarrassing denture movement.
The All-on-4 Method
One of the most popular ways to anchor dentures with implants is through the patented All-on-4 method. Using four, tactically placed implants that support a full arch of prosthetic teeth, this method offers peace of mind and unprecedented durability when compared to traditional prosthetics. By using this method, our oral surgeon can attach your natural looking prosthetic teeth to implants in one procedure.
To learn more about implant supported dentures, contact either of our convenient Dallas Oral Surgery Associates locations to reserve a consultation with our oral surgeons.