When replacing your severely damaged or missing teeth, finding a dental restoration that looks and feels like your natural teeth is everyone’s goal. Of course, traditional dentures may be an effective way to restore the normal function of your mouth, but they can still leave a lot to be desired in terms of appearance and convenience. The good news is that it’s possible to achieve a natural, comfortable smile with All-on-4 implants. Before scheduling your consultation with the experienced team at Restoration Dental, here’s what you should know about how All-on-4 implants could benefit long-term denture wearers.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are prosthetic devices that are used to replace missing teeth. They are made up of plastic gums that fit over a person’s natural gum tissue and artificial teeth that are held into place using a sticky glue or adhesive. There are two main types: partial dentures (used to replace some missing teeth while leaving other natural teeth intact) and complete dentures (used to replace a full set of upper or lower teeth).
What Are All-on-4 Implants?
Like traditional dentures, All-on-4 implants replace an entire arch of teeth. They’re made up of prosthetic teeth that are held into place using four dental implants. These implants are titanium screw-shaped screws inserted directly into your jaw bone to replace your missing teeth’s roots, providing a permanent, durable result that looks and feels like your natural teeth.
What is the Difference Between Dentures and All-on-4 Implants?
While both dentures and All-on-4 implants are good tooth replacement options, improve the appearance of your damaged smile, and restore the ability to chew and speak, there are key differences that differentiate the two.
Traditional Denture Benefits
- Not requiring surgery
- Having a faster recovery time
- Being an option for someone who is not a good candidate for dental implants due to gum disease or significant bone loss.
Disadvantages of Traditional Removable Dentures
- Not looking as natural
- Having to remove them to clean
- Being prone to shifting while eating or speaking
- Not preventing bone loss
- Needing to be adjusted over time
All-on-4 Implants Benefits
- Being a permanent dental restoration that improves your overall oral function
- Being as easy to care for as your natural teeth
- Providing a natural-looking smile
- Feeling as comfortable as your natural teeth
- Being very strong and durable
- Preventing bone loss
Disadvantages of All-on-4 implants
- Being more expensive than dentures
- Having a longer healing process (up to 6 months after implant placement)
- Requiring enough jaw bone to support the implants or an additional bone graft procedure
If you’re interested in replacing damaged or missing teeth, All-on-4 implants can provide various benefits compared to traditional dentures. Along with looking and feeling more like your natural teeth, All-on-4 implants never have to be removed to be cleaned. They also don’t require messy adhesives to keep them in place and won’t shift when you speak or eat. Unlike conventional dentures, All-on-4 implants can also benefit your oral health by preventing bone erosion.
Restoration Dental: The Best Choice for All-on-4 Implants
If you’re tired of living with dentures that don’t look natural, aren’t very comfortable, and require a lot of maintenance, All-on-4 implants could be a better solution for you. Contact the trusted team at Restoration Dental to learn more about how All-on-4 implants can help you achieve the beautiful, comfortable, convenient smile you deserve. We look forward to giving you a reason to smile again!
I am Dr. Fadi Naioom, a dedicated dentist who graduated with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health in 2014. After realizing my dream of opening my own dental office in Phoenix Valley amidst the 2020 pandemic, I have committed myself to delivering personalized, comprehensive dental care to my patients. Beyond dentistry, I am a family man and a movie enthusiast, appreciating every moment I spend with my wife Mary and our two children, Micah and Emma.