All on 4 Vs. Traditional Dentures

If you have failing or missing teeth you’ve likely looked into Restorative Dentistry before and you’ve likely come across products like dentures and dental implants. While both of these products are fantastic solutions for missing teeth there are a few important differences to keep in mind. 

What to Consider about Traditional Dentures

Dentures are only one of the many alternatives for replacing missing teeth. Fixed bridgework and dental implants are other options. There are several varieties of dentures available. Each type of denture address specific issues, from partial dentures to implant-supported overdentures. The best option for you will be determined by your unique circumstances.

Full or partial dentures consist of a gum-colored base made of plastic resin. The gum-colored base fits over the remaining alveolar (bone) ridge that formerly held the teeth. The prosthetic teeth that are attached to the base are meant to look and function just like your natural teeth. 

Dental implants are held in place by their close contact with the alveolar ridges’ suction effect. This is why misplacing them can be very harmful.

The upper denture gets extra support from the large surface area of the roof of the mouth (palate). The additional support from the roof of the mouth usually provides a solid foundation.

What to Consider about All on Four Implants

All-on-4 dental implants are a complete set of dental implants that function as a more permanent and natural-looking alternative to dentures. For individuals who have lost both sets of teeth, implants are a more permanent and natural-looking option than dentures.

Traditionally, each dental implant has one tiny titanium bolt that a surgeon inserts into the gums. Then, the dentist places a single false tooth on the screw. 

There is no need to replace each missing tooth one at a time with an All-on-4 implant. Instead, a dental professional will surgically insert four titanium posts into your jawbone as the main anchors. They can then attach a permanent denture to those four areas for a seamless look across your entire mouth.

The prosthesis will be permanently attached to your teeth and will appear to be part of your natural dentition. All on fours and other dental implants also help to preserve the bone structure in the jaw and help patients to maintain their youthful looks! 

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So which is right for you? That will depend on your unique situation. As the highest-rated dentist in Lindale, Texas, The Center for Implant and General Dentistry has successfully performed countless restorative dentistry appointments and they can help you too! Call today to schedule your first (or next) appointment.