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What Is an All-On-Four Denture?

Posted by DR. DIZIK on Dec 6 2021, 12:49 PM

What Is an All-On-Four Denture?

Missing teeth can alter your appearance and affect your oral functions like chewing and speaking. Dentures are commonly used to replace missing teeth but they have a few downsides when it comes to their stability and maintenance.

In this article, our oral health professionals at Diana Dizik, D.D.S., General & Cosmetic Dentistry in San Mateo County, California, share an overview of all-on-four dentures, one of the most reliable solutions for missing teeth.

Why Choose All-On-Four Dentures?

People often face issues with traditional dentures mainly because they can loosen prematurely and their fit can change over time. They also need to be held in place with adhesives that may limit the foods you eat.

Apart from that, reduction in bone density is also common among denture-wearers. Your jaw requires constant stimulation for proper bone density. This happens naturally when you have your natural teeth, especially when you are chewing. When your teeth are missing, the jawbone is no longer stimulated. 

All-on-four dentures resolve all of these issues as they are supported by dental implants secured directly into the jawbone. This gives the dentures much more stability.

All-on-four dentures also provide the much-required jawbone stimulation just like natural teeth do. Hence, they are a viable option for tooth replacement. 

The All-On-Four Denture Procedure

Just like any other major dental procedure, all-on-four dentures also first require a comprehensive examination of your dental health. This is done to ensure that you have no underlying conditions that must be treated before initiating the procedure for all-on-four dentures.

The dentist will also make sure that you are completely aware of the steps included in the surgery and its outcome. 

You can expect the following during the procedure:

  • You’ll be under sedation 
  • Remains of lost or damaged teeth will be extracted
  • An incision will be made in both the upper and lower jaws for ridge reduction
  • The implants will be inserted into precise points of the jaw and secured tight
  • The gum tissue is then replaced and the incision is closed
  • The tooth replacement prosthesis will be attached to the implants and secured tight
  • Finally, the bite pattern and contact points will be checked for irregularities
  • Post-surgery care must be strictly followed as prescribed by the dentist.

For more information on all-on-four dentures, contact Diana Dizik, D.D.S., General & Cosmetic Dentistry by calling (650) 348-5424 or visiting our office at 720 N El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94401. 

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