A Smarter, More Stable Approach To DenturesFriday, July 15th, 2016
Work smarter, not harder.
You have probably heard that more than once in your life. You may have even said it to an employee, a co-worker, or a member of your family.
The point is to get the maximum benefit out of the work that you do, to be as efficient as possible.
This can apply to any part of life, including dentistry. One way we try to do this is for patients who are missing teeth. More specifically, for patients who need to replace one or both rows of teeth.
Dentures have been used as teeth replacements for decades, but they are far from full replacements for real teeth.
Our team at Advanced Smile Arts knows that dental implants make dentures work more like natural teeth, and the All-on-4® procedure can help you be the maximum benefit out of each implant that you receive.
If you live in or near Danville, IL, keep reading to learn more about how we can help you replace your lost teeth.
Sharks have rows and rows of teeth. When a shark loses its tooth, another one takes its place.
Alligators can regrow teeth up to 50 times during their lives.
Humans can regrow their teeth once. Our primary teeth are intended to serve as guides for our permanent teeth. That means are primary teeth are designed to fall out.
As the name implies, our permanent teeth are meant to last the rest of our lives if we can keep them. If these teeth fall out, nothing is going to regrow in those spaces.
In modern dentistry, we have tools to replace missing teeth.
The most effective teeth replacements start with dental implants.
Implants were created to replace the roots of your lost teeth. Before implants, teeth replacement options were primary just for the crowns of your teeth.
With implants, these replacements are more like whole teeth.
An implant and a dental crown are a great way to replace a single tooth. Implant-supported dental bridges are effective replacements for multiple teeth.
And implant-supported dentures are as close to regrowing your real teeth as we can provide in modern dental care.
Real Teeth Vs. Dentures
Our natural teeth are incredibly effective. They can cut into meat. They can chew through fruits and vegetables.
They can grip, tear, and grind our food … as long as they are healthy.
An average adult with a full set of teeth generates between 200 and 250 pounds of force. That’s more than enough force to eat all the foods that we love to eat, whether you prefer juicy steaks and fried chicken or taking a bite of a crunchy apple, snacking on carrots, or eating fresh corn on the cob.
With modern materials, dentures can and do look incredibly natural. You can get dentures and feel comfortable smiling and talking most of the time. However, they will still slip out of position occasionally when you are speaking and when you are eating.
A big reason for that is that dentures rest over your gums. They are not secured into your jaw like your natural teeth were.
This also explains why your bite force with dentures maxes out close to 50 pounds. We think you would agree, that is a big drop compared to a full set of natural teeth.
Getting More With All-On-4
Dental implants are placed directly into your jawbone. As your jaw heals, it grows around and bonds to the implants. As they become more secure, the dentures attached to them become more stable as well.
Over time, you can regain close to 100 percent of your original bite force with implant dentures. That means you will be able to eat carrots, chicken, and corn on the cob once again.
The All-on-4 procedure was designed to make implant placement as efficient as possible. With the strategic placement of just four implants, you can virtually all the results you could want from implant dentures.
With other implants procedures, you may have to live without “teeth” for months as you wait for your jaw to heal.
Patients who get All-on-4 implants also allow us to place temporary dentures on the same day as your placement procedure. After a few months, we will attach your permanent dentures … and the full benefit of your implant-supported dentures.
All For You
At Advanced Smile Arts, we want you to have the best quality of life that you can. For people who have lost teeth, we want to restore as much of the function of your natural teeth as possible.
All-on-4 is one of the many dental services we offer to help patients at our office in Danville, IL.
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