I have almost as many problems with my upper denture as with the bottom one. Does All-on-4 work for upper dentures, too? After wearing dentures for 18 years, my upper bone has shrunk, so the slightest pressure makes the denture drop off my gums and bone. It is embarrassing to have upper and lower dentures that are too loose. I rarely eat in public because my dentures are unpredictable. I am 62 and concerned about how I can function with dentures if I can’t get upper and lower All on 4s. Thanks. Everette from Little Rock, AR
Thank you for contacting Cornerstone Dental in Sugar Land, Texas, about All-on-4 implants for upper dentures. We understand your concerns. Denture fit affects the quality of life beyond mealtime.
Can You Get All-on-4 Dental Implants for an Upper Denture?
Yes, you can get All-on-4 dental implants for an upper denture. You will need an exam and a 3-D CT scan to evaluate your jawbone quality and volume. Bone grafting may be necessary if you have significant shrinkage. Otherwise, angling the rear implants can increase stability without the need for grafting.
What Is the All-on-4 Process for an Upper Denture?
The All-on-4 dental implant process for an upper denture is much like implants for a lower denture. After an evaluation, your implant dentist will determine whether four implants are enough to stabilize your denture or if you require more implants to anchor it.
You can expect the following:
- Skilled implant dentists use a 3-D CT scan to plan implant placement in optimal positions.
- A surgical guide helps the dentist place the implants.
- The implant dentist will attach temporary teeth to your implants.
- After your jawbone grows between the implant screws and locks them, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth for your final denture.
Request a consultation with at least two implant dentists to discuss your options.