Implant Retained Dentures (ALL-ON-4)
Traditional removable dentures are one of the most common ways to address most or all missing teeth; however, many patients who use these types of dentures experience discomfort and frustrating limitations. At Dr. Mullaney’s office, we offer a state-of-the-art alternative called All-on-4. This technique can provide greater comfort, stability, and freedom than traditional dentures without the cost of a full set of dental implants.
What Is ALL-ON-4™?
All-on-4 is a type of implant denture that is used to replace missing teeth on the upper or lower arch. This device, sometimes called an implant-supported denture or an implant-anchored denture, utilizes four dental implants secured by a denture appliance, providing a snug, comfortable fit and typically excellent results. If you are not a candidate for a full set of dental implants due to insufficient jawbone density, All-on-4 may still be an option for you.
Some of the benefits of All-On-4 Dentures:
- Exceptional security and stability without “slippage”
- Reduced gum irritation
- No messy pastes, gels, or other types of adhesives
- Ability to chew and speak with ease and comfort
- Retention of jawbone density
- Beautiful results and easy maintenance
ALL-ON-4™ vs. Traditional Dentures
All-on-4 implant dentures are popularly thought of as a more secure and natural-looking upgrade from removable dentures. The use of implants to hold a prosthesis in often allows patients to feel more confident when eating, drinking, or speaking, not to mention introduces the ability to enjoy tougher foods due to no “gum slippage.” In addition to All-on-4 anchored dentures often making daily life more convenient, this technique can also be beneficial to a patient’s oral health. While removable dentures can present the appearance of a full smile, they do not stimulate the bone tissue as a natural tooth root would. Consequently, dentures alone typically cannot prevent bone erosion caused by missing teeth. In contrast, the implants utilized by All-on-4 are designed to mimic the function of a tooth root while replicating the tooth body, effectively restoring both form and function.
ALL-ON-4™ vs. Full Mouth Restoration
When using dental implants to recover a dental arch, patients generally have two options: full mouth restoration with a full set of dental implants, or using All-on-4 to secure a custom-made denture with four to six implants. Generally speaking, patients with less bone volume may be better suited for All-on-4 since the technique does not require as much jawbone support as numerous implants placed consecutively. However, full mouth restoration with single implants can also have its own advantages, such as not having to wear a denture and enhanced bone stimulation. The best approach for you will depend on your needs, Dr. Mullaney will discuss your goals with you to formulate an ideal treatment plan.