Dentures are one of the oldest forms of restorative dentistry. Modern dentures are designed and crafted with such realism that they can look very natural in your smile. However, even the most advanced dentures can lack something that your healthy, natural smile relies on: the support of a roots to hold your teeth securely within your jawbone. Upgrading your dentures by inserting a series of dental implant posts to support it can help to better support the prostheses, while also protecting your jawbone’s health. All-On-4® Dentures is a system that can support dentures with just four implant posts.
Modern dentures come in a variety of shapes and sizes ranging from partial dentures that fit around remaining healthy teeth to full sets of dentures that can completely restore your upper and/or lower dental ridge. Both partial and full dentures are often supported by a gum-colored base that fits comfortably and snugly along your gum tissue, sometimes with the help of adhesive. In the case of partial dentures, small, metal clasps can add further support by clasping around other teeth. These types of dentures will not fit as closely to the gums as dentures supported by implants will be.
Without a root-like anchor like your real teeth have, the realism of modern dentures can fall short. When dentures are supported by implants, the implants can prevent the loss of bone density in your jaw. With tooth loss, your jaw is susceptible to bone loss by a process called bone resorption. It can cause your jaw to weaken and change shape, which can ultimately lead to ill-fitting dentures. All-On-4® dentures utilizes four strategically-placed implant posts to effectively absorb the pressure that daily chewing and biting puts on your smile. Using a system of only four implants can minimize the amount of surgery needed.
Implant-supported dentures can be beneficial to your oral health. To schedule a consultation with Austin Prosthodontics in Austin, TX, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.