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Are You a Candidate for All-on-4 Dentures?

October 30, 2017

smiling senior man in dental chairIf you currently wear a denture or were recently told you’ll need to use a denture due to advanced tooth loss, you likely know there’s more than one kind of denture available to repair your smile. Traditional removable dentures, implant supported dentures, removable implant dentures, there are numerous options to restore your smile. However, no two treatments are right for every patient. All-on-4 is yet another denture tooth replacement option that works well for many patients. Keep reading to learn more about the innovative All-on-4 tooth replacement method.

What is All-on-4?

All-on-4 is a unique dental implant supported tooth replacement procedure. Traditional implant retained dentures utilize between four and six implant posts spread out across the jawline and attached to the denture. Unfortunately, many patients who have advanced tooth loss are not good candidates for dental implants because they have diminished jawbone density following tooth loss. All-on-4 makes it possible for these patients to receive an implant retained denture. Rather than spreading implant posts along the jaw, the All-on-4 process maximizes the density of the bone at the front of the jaw to support the entire denture.

Potential Disadvantages of All-on-4

All-on-4 dentures do allow dentists to open up the possibility of implant retained tooth replacement prosthetics to a wider range of patients, but many dentists choose to immediately load these dentures. While All-on-4 implants do heal and fuse with the jawbone more quickly, immediately attaching a denture increases the risk of implant failure. If All-on-4 dental implants are allowed to fuse with the gum and bone tissue prior to denture attachment, these patients typically have an implantation success rate of 95%, which is comparable to traditional implant placements.

Benefits of All-on-4

No dental treatment is right for everyone, but if you do choose All-on-4 dentures, some of the benefits include:

  • 93 to 98% successful implantation rates
  • Reduced need for advanced preparatory procedures like bone and soft tissue grafts
  • Faster healing and implantation, so full dentures can be permanently fixed more quickly
  • More natural look and feel than traditional removable dentures and improved denture stability

Meet Dr. Kwon

Hodong Kwon, DDS and his Dallas dentistry team offer a wide range of tooth replacement solutions including traditional dental implants and All-on-4 dentures. If you want to learn more about All-on-4 or any of the dentistry services we offer, you can come back regularly to read our dental blog. We also encourage patients to contact us anytime with questions or to schedule an appointment. The friendly Kwon Dental team is always happy to help.

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