All-on-4 Dentures in Denver
If you’ve lost all of your teeth, you will need a full denture to restore the appearance and function of your smile. Traditional dentures are removable, and they only restore about 10 to 20% of your chewing ability significantly limiting your diet. Implant supported dentures require patients to undergo an advanced surgical treatment that may not be possible for those who have experienced significant reduction in gum tissue volume and jawbone density following the loss of their teeth. All-on-4 dentures make it possible for more patients than ever before to receive an implant supported tooth replacement prosthetic. If you want to explore your tooth replacement options following the loss of one or both rows of teeth, call the team of skilled experts at Altitude Oral and Facial Surgery to schedule a tooth replacement consultation today. We have four convenient Denver locations in Lodo, Cherry Creek, Commerce City, and Lone Tree, so no matter where you live in Denver, there’s an Altitude Oral and Facial Surgery location near you.
What is an All-on-4 Denture?
All-on-4 is a unique implant supported denture tooth replacement method. Like traditional dentures, a gum-colored base material is used to support a full row of missing teeth. Like implant dentures, the stability of the prosthesis is improved by connecting the denture to implant posts. Unlike traditional implant dentures, the implant posts are positioned to make the most of the existing bone structure, so patients are less likely to need preparatory bone or soft tissue grafts.
What is the All-on-4 Denture Process?
The thing that sets All-on-4 dentures apart from traditional implant dentures is the way the implant posts are placed. Two implants are placed vertically to support the front of the denture. Then, two implants are placed diagonally into the front of the jawbone, supporting the back of the denture. With just four implants that maximize the naturally denser part of the jawbone at the front of the mouth, All-on-4 treatment is much less invasive than other implant denture options, and it provides the same added level of stability and longevity as traditional implant denture treatment.
How do I Care for My All-on-4 Denture?
Once your All-on-4 denture is in place, you can brush it just like you would healthy natural teeth. You may want to use a soft toothbrush or less abrasive toothpaste, but otherwise, you should continue to brush two minutes at a time twice a day as usual. For best results, you may also want to brush between meals or at least rinse your mouth to remove any stuck on foods. Water and air flossers may also be recommended as these tools allow you to remove plaque buildup and foods between your gums and denture base. During regular six month dental exams, we will carefully clean your denture and help you to maintain a full, functional smile as long as possible. In most cases, patients can keep their All-on-4 dentures for two decades or longer. Some people are even able to keep their flawlessly restored smile for the rest of their lives.