Clifton Hill Dental
Dr Nick Malamas

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): All-on-4

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We want you to feel confident in your choice of Clifton Hill Dental to look after your family’s smiles. It is natural to have questions before booking your first visit to a new dental clinic. After all, your smile is an important part of who you are.

We welcome you to browse some of our most common questions listed below. If you do not see your specific question answered here, give us a quick call. Our cheerful and knowledgeable team will be happy to help.


People have presented to me many times over the past 29 years with complaints of their dentures not fitting , or that they can't chew their food properly or they have mouth pain due to their dentures .

Dentures in their basic design are inherently unstable. They area a removable prosthesis which rely on suction to stay in place.

For example the upper demure covers the whole of the palate to achieve this  , this can affect taste.

The lower jaw  has a tongue and the floor of the mouth which are mobile so the amount of jaw to achieve suction is limited and the mobile floor of mouth and tongue can lift the denture and cause painful ulcers .

So how can we make them more stable ?

The simple answer is Titanium Implants

Titanium implants are Titanium screws which are drilled into the jaw bone and after a minimum of three months the jaw bone fuses to them .

Once they are fused ,we can place attachments on to the implants which with the corresponding clips attachments on the fitting surface of the denture  clip together so the denture does not move and does not rely on suction .

Usually the the lower jaw only requires 2 implants and the upper needs 4 implants and no need for the palate .

The denture can be unclipped  and cleaned as a normal denture

If some one wants fixed option then implant retained bridges can be made and they are not removable.

If you have dentures that move or shift when you speak or eat, it’s time for a denture evaluation with your Clifton Hill dentist. Because of changes in bone structure, dentures need regular replacement every five to eight years, although those times can vary from patient to patient.

Relining the denture will provide a temporary solution to the problem, but with the modern options available today, many patients are finding themselves enjoying more of the foods they love with implant-retained denture systems such as All-on-4 dentures.

Using just four dental implants on the upper or lower arch, Dr Malamas creates a system for dentures to lock into place. All-on-4 also gives patients without teeth a convenient and reliable teeth replacement option in as little as one to three days.

We begin by evaluating bone levels and identifying the ideal location for dental implants. Designing custom dentures for individuals will result in natural looking teeth and gums that complement your appearance including gender, age and skin tone. Patients have an opportunity to discuss their goals for their new smiles.

The security of All-on-4 implant dentures gives patients additional freedom and added confidence in social and professional environments. Give us a call to learn more about the teeth replacement options we offer at Clifton Hill Dental.

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