All-on-4™ (Locking Dentures)
About All-on-4™ Implant Dentures
- Average Treatment Timeline: 3-6 months
- Candidates: Patients missing all or most of the teeth on one or both dental arches
- Principle Benefits: Durable, long-lasting tooth replacement, restored chewing and speaking function, jawbone density preservation
- Average Cost: $30-40k per arch
Are you dissatisfied with your current dentures? Do you have teeth that are so damaged or decayed that they need to be removed and replaced? Would you like to have the confidence of knowing your teeth won’t move? All-on-4™ (locking dentures) might be for you!
Our experienced team of dentists at Saco River Dentistry have extensive experience helping patients improve their overall quality of life using All-on-4™ implant-supported dentures. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
What is All-on-4™?
All-on-4™ is an innovative implant-supported denture technique that anchors a full-arch restoration on four strategically placed dental implant posts. This provides superior comfort and security, as the denture prosthetic is locked in place and should not slip along the gum line like a traditional removable appliance. The state-of-the-art All-on-4™ approach can be used to replace all of the teeth on both dental arches, helping people obtain a beautiful smile with improved aesthetics, functionality, and comfort.
Who is a Candidate for All-on-4™?
Ideal candidates for All-on-4™ are typically those who need to replace one or both arches of teeth. This technique is often incorporated into full mouth reconstruction plans for comprehensive smile rejuvenation. In many cases, switching to implant-supported dentures can help those who currently have traditional dentures enjoy greater comfort and smile aesthetics. For patients with one or more of their natural teeth still remaining, one of our dentists can determine if extraction or another restorative technique will best suit you.
One thing that is important to note is that patients interested in All-on-4™ must have sufficient jawbone density to support the dental implants used to anchor the denture prosthetic. During your consultation process, one of our dentists can assess the state of your mouth and jaw to determine whether you are a good candidate. That said, one of the major benefits of the All-on-4™ system is that it usually requires only 4-6 implants per arch, so many people who have been told they were not good candidates for implant restorations in the past may still be eligible for this treatment.
All-on-4™ vs. Traditional Dentures
Traditional, removable dentures have been around for hundreds of years, and they continue to be an option for patients seeking full arch restoration. However, they can also be problematic in many ways:
- They can slip, move, and feel unstable.
- Food gets trapped underneath, causing discomfort and possible infections.
- They often require glue to stay in, which is unpleasant to most people.
- Often look fake or “bulky.”
- For an upper denture, the roof of the mouth is covered with plastic/acrylic, which is cumbersome and affects taste perception, speech, and comfort.
- For a lower denture, retention is extremely poor, as the tongue invariably moves it around. In addition, the bulky plastic/acrylic is quite uncomfortable for most people.
For patients currently in need of full arch replacement—and those who currently have removable dentures—All-on-4™ can provide an excellent alternative. By anchoring the denture prosthesis securely to a set of dental implants, many of the most common complaints associated with removable dentures can be minimized or outright eliminated.
If you are interested in switching from traditional dentures to All-on-4™, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists. They can evaluate your jawbone and determine whether or not implant dentures are a good fit for your needs and goals.
How Long Do All-on-4™ Results Last?
With proper care, All-on-4™ locking dentures can last for decades or even a lifetime. The dental implants used to anchor your locking dentures are designed to become a permanent part of your mouth, fusing fully with the jawbone and gum tissue. That said, the denture prosthetic itself may need to be replaced at some point. This is because the biting and chewing surface sustains natural wear and tear over time.
In order to promote the longevity of your denture appliance, our dentists recommend brushing and flossing regularly and attending your twice-yearly dental visits. This allows a professional to assess your appliance and notice any potential issues—such as teeth grinding—in advance. We also advise patients to avoid biting into excessively hard or pitted foods—such as cherries or ice cubes—that can subject your dentures to excess wear.
For more information about All-on-4™, or to schedule a consultation, please contact our office today.