The All-on-4 permanent dental implant procedure helps with more than just allowing you to chew your food. Although, that is the primary function of teeth, what you might not know are the other ways in which teeth are a benefit to you. Your teeth provide support to your lips and cheeks. When your teeth are missing, the lips and cheeks sink inwards, changing the shape of your face and altering your appearance. Dentures do not provide the same support. To the lips and cheeks. They will not stop the inevitable changes to your appearance.
Because the All-on-4 dental replacements are anchored into your jawbone like your natural teeth, they look, feel and function just like real teeth. Dentures are glued to the roof of your mouth. They do not look like natural teeth, and are not as strong as your real teeth. So, they are easier to stain with dark beverages, such as red wine and coffee, and they can slip and feel uncomfortable. The All-on-4 dental implants are much stronger, and do not stain as easily. They do not slip and are as comfortable as natural teeth.
The power you need to generate to bite and chew certain foods, is also not possible with dentures. Your “biting power” is 30 % of what it would be with your natural teeth. The All-on-4 dental implants will increase that power up to 90% of what it would be with your real teeth. That increase in power translates into a better nutrition for you and easier menu choices considering many of the foods you would be unable to eat with dentures you can with the All-on-4 dental implants.
There is one other thing you may not know about teeth and how they benefit us. Because the teeth are anchored in the jawbone, and generate plenty of power to chew food, the act of chewing puts pressure directly on the jawbone stimulating the creation of new bone. Because the All-on-4 system for dental implants are also set directly into the jawbone, they to help to generate new bone, preventing loss in bone density. As you know, dentures are not attached in that way, and so, they do not provide the same bone shaping benefits. For patients who wear dentures, over time the lower part of the face, and the upper neck will sag for the deteriorated jawbone.
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