When you’re missing a full lower, upper, or both jaws of teeth, the fastest and easiest replacement system is traditional dentures. But if you’ve tried dentures, you may be frustrated with how cumbersome they are and how frequently they slip, despite adhesives. You may also be sick of having to remove them at night and clean them separately.
At New Teeth Chicago Dental, expert dentist and implant specialist Dr. Irfan Atcha offers the All-in-4® dental implant system to women and men who’ve lost a single or double jaw of teeth. All-in-4® dental implants use just four strong, extra-long titanium posts per jaw to secure snug-fitting, non-removable false teeth that you can care for as if they were your natural teeth.
Why do people choose All-on-4® dental implants? Here are just a few of the most compelling reasons to consider this state-of-the-art teeth-replacement system:
You want more stability and reliability
Traditional dentures may be custom-molded to your jawbone and gums, but even the best-fit dentures tend to slip out of place despite the use of denture adhesives. You may find that your dentures slip when you try to enjoy hard or chewy foods, such as apples or bagels. Sometimes simply speaking or laughing can make your dentures slip.
The All-on-4® system prevents embarrassing slippage by anchoring your custom-designed false teeth to four surgically placed titanium implant posts per jaw. Dr. Atcha inserts all of the implants at a slight angle, which increases the degree of support they provide by utilizing more of the strength and stability of your jawbone.
If you have deficient jawbone, Dr. Atcha secures the implants into your zygomatic bone, avoiding the need for bone grafts.
You want to feel and speak comfortably and normally
Upper dentures cover the the roof of your mouth, which may feel uncomfortable and change how your tongue moves when you speak. Dentures can alter the way your mouth feels and interfere with your normal speech.
In contrast, the All-on-4® implant-supported dentures only slip over your gums, and don’t extend to the roof of your mouth. After a short adjustment period, they feel like your natural teeth, and you sound like yourself again.
You want to fully enjoy your food
Not only can you bite and chew more normally with All-on-4® than traditional dentures — you can feel and taste your food more fully, too. By leaving the roof of your mouth uncovered, the All-on-4® process lets you enjoy eating again.
You don’t want to remove and clean dentures
When you have dentures, you must clean your gums, tongue, and mouth thoroughly after eating. But you also have to brush your dentures and then remove them at night to soak them in a special solution.
The All-on-4® implants remain in your mouth. You can go back to brushing your teeth and caring for your oral health almost exactly as you would for your natural teeth, with twice daily brushings and twice-yearly trips for a dental exam and professional cleaning. Best of all, you don’t have to remove your teeth when you sleep.
You want to preserve your jawbone
Dentures replace your missing teeth, but because they only rest on your jawbone, they don’t offer the same kind of forceful stress when you bite that real teeth or dental implants do. That’s why your dentures tend to lose their fit over the years. Without the pressure of teeth in the jawbone, production of new bone slows down and your jaw begins to atrophy.
With four posts implanted into each jawbone of missing teeth, the All-on-4® system creates healthy pressure on your bone. Each time you bite and chew, the stress reminds your jawbone that it’s being used, and so it should create strong, new bone cells. The All-on-4® implants strengthen your jaw, helping to preserve the youthful appearance and shape of your lower face.
You can’t afford to replace all your teeth with implants
While dental implants are the most natural-looking and -feeling form of tooth replacement, not everyone can afford the cost of replacing a full jaw with implants. The All-on-4® system gives you the best of both dentures and implants: You get stability and bone preservation while saving money, too.
To find out if you’re a candidate for All-on-4® dental implants, call to book a consultation today.