If you are missing all of the teeth along the upper, lower, or both arches, you may be considering removable dentures. Traditional dentures have long set the standard in tooth replacement for edentulous (without teeth) patients, but now there’s an option that goes a step beyond traditional dentures by replacing the visible portions of teeth and the underlying root structure – dental implant supported prosthetics. All-on-4 dentures combine the natural appearance and functionality of dentures with the security of dental implants. Dr. Jason Montgomery, the dentist Plano trusts for general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry, offers All-on-4 dentures so you’ll once again be able to talk, chew and smile with confidence.
All-on-4 dentures are permanent false teeth that you care for just like natural teeth. They only require regular brushing; they do not have to be taken out for cleaning or soaking. Of course, Dr. Montgomery will still need to see you for checkups.
Unlike removable dentures, All-on-4 dentures do not press down on your gums, so they are extremely comfortable. Many patients report not even noticing their dentures once they have adjusted to having an oral prosthetic in their mouth. Moreover, All-on-4 dentures allow you to bite and chew firmly without discomfort or the worry that your dentures may slip, click or even fall out.
As the name implies, All-on-4 Dentures rely on four strategically placed dental implants to anchor your dentures in place. Traditional implant-retained dentures may require six to eight implants per arch. The secret is in the placement of the implants that are used with All-on-4 Dentures; these implants are set at an angle in order to gain more natural support from your jawbone. These implants also tend to be slightly smaller than traditional implants, in which bone grafting is still necessary for all patients.
After surgery, your gums need time to heal and the implants must fully integrate with the surrounding bone tissue. This integration provides the firm foundation for your permanent dentures and the added advantage of preventing bone deterioration; the implants act similarly to tooth roots and stimulate bone regeneration. Once the implants are set, Dr. Montgomery will attach a temporary set of dentures so you won’t leave our office without teeth!
In six to eight months when you’ve healed completely, you’ll return to our office so Dr. Montgomery can attach your permanent All-on-4 Dentures. You will then have an attractive and solid smile!
Contact your 75075 dentist in Plano today to schedule an appointment! We serve the entire Collin County area, including McKinney, Richardson, Allen, Frisco, and beyond.