How All-on-4® Implants Work to Prevent Jaw Deterioration

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All-on-4® dental implants are designed to offer a permanent replacement for lost teeth that has advantages over the more traditional denture or implant options. While some tooth restorations may still allow the jawbone to deteriorate, implants can prevent this.

The benefits of All-on-4® implants

These implants are surgically affixed to the jaw and function like natural teeth. Instead of the six to eight implants typically used for each arch with standard fabricated teeth, the All-on-4® system only utilizes only four per arch. Either or both the upper and lower set of teeth can be replaced. If it looks likely that both will eventually need replacement, it is helpful to take care of them at the same time.

All-on-4® implants are recommended for those who are missing most or all of their teeth and for those who are already using dentures. There are several advantages to this type of implant.

The advantages over dentures and traditional implants

Removable dentures can be a good restoration option for some, but there are inconveniences and issues associated with their use that All-on-4® implants do not have. Dentures require adhesives and a special cleaning process. They also must be taken out regularly. Many people complain about discomfort and pain from their dentures because they press directly down on the gums.

This is not the case with permanent implants, which remain in place and can be brushed like natural teeth. There are some concerns, however, with traditional implants. In addition to requiring more than four implants, people frequently require bone grafts to secure them in place. This additional procedure increases the potential for post-surgical issues. Furthermore, it raises the costs and lengthens the time involved. For most people, a graft is not necessary to place All-on-4® implants.

The advantages for bone health

When these fabricated teeth are installed, they are placed at an angle that allows for a more natural bite. In addition, this leads to increased benefits for jawbone health due to the pressure applied to the teeth during the chewing. Bones go through a constant process of shedding and regrowing. When an appropriate amount of pressure is exerted on the bone, new growth is thicker and stronger where that force is applied. Thus, the All-on-4® implants not only allow for more natural chewing mechanics but also help to reduce jawbone deterioration through improved bone health.

Having a full set of teeth that improves chewing abilities and does not cause pain or discomfort allows for a more nutritious diet. Since these implants do not impede a person’s ability to eat, they can consume a diet with the full array of vital nutrients. As such, people are able to obtain the vitamins and minerals needed to maintain healthy bones as well as an overall healthy body.


All-on-4® implants offer a permanent replacement for upper, lower, or both arches of teeth for those who need them. They have a natural look and an improved feel, while also reducing bone deterioration by encouraging the body’s mechanisms for maintaining bone health.

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