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Denture wearers often complain of gum irritation, restrictive diets, and an unstable hold that can cause slipping. Dentures also do nothing to halt the bone loss that occurs as a result of tooth loss. By the time denture wearers realize that they are unhappy with their tooth replacement choice, they often discover that they have lost significant amounts of bone and will need grafting procedures to restore the bone volume needed for implants. This is no longer the case with the All-on-4™ procedure performed by Dr. J. Darrell Steele, a dental oral surgeon for Grapevine, Texas.
The All-on-4™ procedure uses strategically placed dental implants where the bone volume is highest to hold a prosthetic without the need for bone grafts. Patients benefit from the firm foundation and bone stabilization properties of dental implants. A temporary set of dentures will be worn while the implants integrate with the bone and may be placed immediately after the procedure for dental implants.
After the healing process, which takes about three to six months for the placement of dental implants, dentures can be permanently placed. The temporary prosthetics are necessary following the placement of the implants, as the gum and bone will change shape as it heals.
If you would like to replace your missing teeth but have limited bone density, contact Dr. Steele to learn more about the All-on-4™ technique. Our dental surgeon for Grapevine, Texas can evaluate your oral health and help you to determine if this is the best tooth replacement method to restore the appearance and function of your smile.
Dr. J. Darrell Steele, an oral surgeon in Coppell, Texas, serves patients from Grapevine, Carrollton, Lewisville, and Irving. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!