The All-on-4 technique is a way to replace a full set of damaged or missing teeth with fewer implants. These implants support a complete set of replacement teeth and are angled instead of being straight up and down. This is especially helpful if you’ve lost some bone in your jaw. Unlike traditional dentures, which you take out every night, All-on-4 teeth are fixed in place like natural teeth, protecting your jaw and allowing you to eat without restrictions.
A mentioned above dentures serve as removable oral appliances designed to substitute missing teeth. They come in various forms, such as full, partial, and implant-supported dentures. When given appropriate care and maintenance, dentures typically endure for seven to 10 years on average.
Here’s a quick comparison:
- Dentures are a budget-friendly option, but they need replacing every few years and might not feel like real teeth.
- All-on-4 is for those who want a more natural feel but can’t afford full implants or have bone loss. It requires fewer implants, functions like real teeth, and you get your new smile on the same day.
Is it better to get implants or dentures?
Unlike regular dentures, those supported by implants offer more stability and better overall health outcomes. Implants give the jawbone the stimulation it needs when natural tooth roots are missing, helping prevent bone loss.
When deciding on your teeth replacement think about a few things:
Age: If you’re under 60, dental implants could be a good choice for a long time.
If you’re older and want something simpler, dentures might be better.
Bone Density: Dental implants need a strong jawbone. If you’ve lost bone, implants might not work well. Fixing this with dental bone grafting is possible but can be costly.
Function and Feel: Dental implants may feel more comfortable and work better for chewing.
Some people like implant-supported overdentures, a mix of dentures and implants.
Hygiene: If you don’t have much time for denture care, implants need less maintenance but cost more.
Deciding Between Full Implants and Dentures?
Dentures and dental implants both help you chew, speak better, and feel confident, but they have differences. Before we talk about the good and not-so-good parts of each, let’s understand them a bit more.
Here are a few things to think about:
Insurance: Dentures are usually covered by insurance, but dental implants might not be because they’re seen as more of a cosmetic thing.
How Long They Last: If you take good care of dental implants, they can last a long time, even forever! Dentures need to be replaced more often.
Keeping Your Mouth Healthy: Dental implants keep your jaw healthy by working like natural teeth. Dentures don’t do this and might even make things worse in some cases.
Cleaning Your Teeth: Dentures need careful cleaning every day. Implants are easier to take care of – you can brush and floss them just like real teeth.
How They Look: Dental implants look and work a lot like real teeth. Dentures might feel a bit bulky.