Many denture wearers complain that their replacement teeth are nowhere near as strong as their biological teeth were.
When the prosthetic appliance is supported by dental implants, however, the replacement teeth are much stronger because they have a physical connection to the underlying jawbone.
Therefore, All-on-4 implants can apply much stronger chewing forces than dentures can. Patients who choose All-on-4 typically find that they can continue to enjoy most, if not all, of their favorite foods.
Of course, All-on-4 dentures do have the same limitations that natural teeth do. Patients should not attempt to bite directly into very hard objects or chew non-food items with them.
Your dentist can give you specific guidance on what you can and can’t chew with your All-on-4 implants.
Not only are All-on-4 dental implants stronger than conventional dentures, the appliances are more secure. The implant is more effective at holding the denture in place than denture adhesive is, reducing the patient’s chances of untimely slip-ups. That can be a serious boost to your self-confidence!
Dental implants also help to preserve the integrity of the jawbone, which erodes when the roots of the teeth are absent, as is the case with standard dentures. Patients who have noticed that their denture has lost its fit over the years have experienced this phenomenon first hand, and they can appreciate the value in dental implants that prevent jawbone atrophy.
Although bone loss is often an obstacle for patients who want to get dental implants, that’s generally not an issue for All-on-4 patients. The implants are located near the front of the jaw at its thickest point. Even patients who have experienced bone loss at the rear of the jaw tend to retain enough bone at the front to support osseointegration (which is the process by which the bone bonds with the dental implant).
All-on-4 dental implants can give patients an approximation of the strength of natural teeth, even after all of those teeth have been lost. Talk to our team at East Hills Dental Associates to learn more about this treatment option and the outcomes that you can expect to achieve in your unique case.