Dr. Calderwood is an active member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.
All-on-4 Implant Dentures – Park City, Utah
Fully Restore Your Smile for Complete Confidence
For many people, replacing a full row of missing teeth means a removable denture. These replacement teeth deliver workable solutions to improve the appearance of your smile and restore partial function. However, an implant supported denture delivers flawlessly functioning results that closely mimic the smile’s natural structures. Unfortunately, many patients who have lost a full row of teeth are unable to successfully complete the highly invasive dental implant supported tooth replacement process. All-on-4 dentures are a great option for many people who were previously unable to receive an implant supported denture. If you want to learn more about All-on-4 dentures, call to schedule an appointment with us today.
What is an All-on-4 Implant Denture?
Dental implants are small posts inserted into the jawbone that mimic the lost roots of teeth. Traditionally, dental implant posts are positioned vertically along the jaw line to support an entire denture. The All-on-4 system relies on the naturally denser portions of the jaw to provide adequate stability for a full denture. This means people are able to fully restore their smiles without the need for invasive preparatory tissue grafting procedures that may be necessary prior to placing a traditional implant denture.
What Should I Expect from All-on-4 Dentures Placement?
Like other implant supported tooth replacement plans, an All-on-4 denture restoration requires several phases of treatment. We’ll begin by assessing your oral and overall health and creating a detailed treatment plan. In most cases, patients who choose All-on-4 implant dentures do not need to receive preparatory bone or soft tissue grafts, but we may need to perform other preparatory treatments like tooth extractions or gum disease therapy.
Once your smile is ready for treatment and we have a plan in place, we begin the implant placement process. This is what sets All-on-4 apart from traditional implant dentures. Two dental implant posts are positioned vertically into the jaw to support the front of the denture. Then, the other two implants are positioned diagonally from the back of the mouth into the front to support the back of the denture. This allows us to use the densest portion of the jaw to support the full weight of your tooth replacement prosthetic.
In most cases, we will provide a temporary prosthetic right away. Once your implants are fused and the surgical site has healed, we will design your final, custom restoration that will be crafted from quality materials in our dental lab. Once the final denture is complete, you’ll return to the office where we will anchor your flawless new prosthetic to the implants, recreating your beautiful smile.
What are the Benefits of All-on-4 Dentures?
There are many benefits to All-on-4 dentures, including:
- Compared with traditional, removable dentures, they offer significantly more stability, restoring about 70% of healthy chewing function compared with only 20% restoration with traditional dentures.
- Compared with traditional, implant dentures, the All-on-4 procedure can be significantly less invasive, allowing more people to successfully complete the dental implant placement and restoration process.
- All-on-4 implant dentures have a 90% or higher rate of success after 20 years, and many people can maintain the same All-on-4 dentures for the rest of their lives.