Dental implants have not only revolutionized tooth replacement, they have also become the preferred method of securing dentures for patients who have lost all of their top or bottom teeth- or both.
Restorative dentists Dr. Roy and Dr. Adam Eskow offer the “all-on-four” procedure for securing dentures with strategically placed dental implants in their Bethesda dentist office as an alternative to a removable denture appliance. Traditional dentures can replace the appearance of someone’s natural teeth, but they often come up short when it comes to replacing their natural function. Dentures also require daily maintenance and periodic adjusting to keep them in good working order, but even with diligent upkeep, many patients suffer with slipping dentures that can make eating and speaking a chore at times. This can have an affect on their daily quality of life and lead to avoiding social situations and changes in diet, both of which can have a detrimental affect on overall health.
Over time, most patients will also experience bone loss in the jaw after losing their teeth which can lead to changes in both the fit of their dentures and their facial appearance. For those who have lost teeth at an early age, this type of bone loss can make them appear older than they are as the jaw shrinks inward over time.
All-on-four has several key advantages that also support long term dental health:
- Permanently attached to the jaw bone with implants
- Minimizes bone loss as the implanted posts function like tooth roots
- Patients can eat and speak normally
A comfortable smile is an important part of a good quality of life on a daily basis. For those struggling with missing teeth or poor fitting dentures, all-on-four can be life changing!