Dental implants offer patients exceptional cosmetic results, relief from pain, a secure bite, and freedom from the care routine associated with traditional dentures. For many patients, All-on-4® dental implants have offered a long-sought alternative to other tooth loss solutions. Although the security and cosmetic character of dental implants are enough to make many patients consider the All-on-4 procedure, there are some other valuable benefits that you should take into account. Because dental implants are not an ideal solution for every patient, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with us before deciding on your choice of treatment.
Traditional dentures can provide patients with the ability to bite, chew, speak, and smile with ease and confidence. However, many people using traditional dentures experience gradual bone loss in their jaw. Here is what you need to know about the connection between tooth loss and bone loss:
- The root structure of teeth stimulates the jawbone, keeping that bone strong and healthy.
- In the absence of a tooth root, the bone becomes weak.
- Bone loss starts at the site of a missing tooth then spreads first to adjacent teeth.
- Even if a single tooth is lost, the bone beneath adjacent teeth is at risk.
- Bone deterioration can contribute to future tooth loss, so preservation is important.
Bone deterioration can significantly impact the fit of dentures inside a patient’s mouth. Over time, different sets may need to be fit in order to maximize their benefits.
Dental Implants Address Bone Loss Directly
Unlike traditional dentures, All-on-4 dental implants are anchored permanently in the mouth, just like natural teeth are. A small titanium post is set into the jaw bone and acts in a similar manner to a tooth’s root. The bone eventually fuses with the post, creating a strong, highly secure bond. The posts keep the bone stimulated, which preserves bone density. Teeth adjacent to the space left behind by missing teeth are also preserved since the underlying bone remains healthy and strong.
Titanium is a very strong, lightweight metal that is used in many medical devices; it is commonly used in the creation of replacement hip joints. Titanium is non-reactive and can be safely used on the inside of the body.