It is often a humbling thing to experience the loss of a single tooth, let alone multiple teeth. You count on your teeth for so much, particularly speaking and eating, yet you often take them for granted. When they are suddenly not there, it can be disorientating and a blow to your confidence. Luckily, there are options available to get your confidence and dental functionality back. You have likely heard of dentures, and you have probably heard of dental implants. What about implant-supported dentures?
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
The All-on-4® dental implants offered by Dr. Andrew Ferrier at East Bay Healthy Smiles is a set of dentures that sits atop four titanium posts that are implanted into the jaw. This anchors the dentures so they do not slip and slide they way they are prone to do with some bonding strips and pastes. All-on-4® is a good option for people who are missing multiple teeth or who are missing all of their top or bottom teeth.
How Do They Work?
Dr. Ferrier can walk you through the process of implanting the posts in your upper or lower jaw. Once the posts are in place, the dentures can be attached using special screws. Every patient undergoes rigorous monitoring and testing to ensure the dentures fit properly and are as comfortable as possible. Once in place, you should be able to maintain the cleanliness of the dentures through special cleaning methods Dr. Ferrier will explain to you. You should be able to enjoy most of your favorite foods and speak easily as you adjust to your new teeth.
How Can I Learn More?
While implant-supported dentures are a useful option, you must qualify for the procedure. Patients should have adequate bone structure and tissue available to support the posts. Learn more about implants and whether you are a good candidate for the procedure by contacting our office and scheduling a consultation in Walnut Creek, CA with Dr. Ferrier today!