All-on-4 dental implants is the best alternative to traditional dentures. They provide a full set of natural-looking teeth without the discomfort and inconvenience of traditional dentures.
They look, feel and are cared for like natural teeth. If you are currently wearing dentures and are unhappy with the outcome – or if your teeth need to be replaced - learn about All-on-4.
Common problems with traditional dentures
Dentures or removable false teeth are appliances that replace a full set of teeth that are missing or teeth that have been extracted. A full set of dentures replaces all of the teeth – both upper and lower. These appliances are made to fit and rest directly on the gums. They have a base of pink, gum-colored material to support the arch.
There are several common problems that many denture wearers face.
- Excess saliva
- Need to be removed for cleaning
Breakage. Since dentures need to be taken out to clean – they are more likely to be dropped and will break. They also can crack when certain foods are chewed.
Excess saliva. Our bodies try to naturally rid itself of any foreign object - and your mouth is no exception. Salivary glands see dentures as a foreign body and work overtime to combat them. This can become a problem that usually resolves itself but can be embarrassing and annoying.
Ill-fitting. One of the most common complaints among denture wearers is that they don’t fit well. Weight loss or gain changes the shape of your jaw and mouth and may increase the discomfort. Dentures that don’t fit well can make speaking difficult and cause mouth sores. People with dentures find that they need to avoid biting or chewing certain foods because of slipping.
Remove to clean. Dentures must be removed to be cleaned properly. Though it may feel good to have them out of your mouth – no one likes to be without teeth. Denture wearers often find it embarrassing to remove their teeth for cleaning. With All-on-4 dental implants, you will never have to remove your teeth again.
5 Reasons to Choose All-on-4 Dental Implants
If you are unhappy with your dentures or have a mouth full of failing teeth - the All-on-4 dental implant procedure may be the optimal solution for you. The name comes from ‘all’ teeth being supported ‘on four’ dental implants.
- They are permanent
- They look natural
- They stimulate bone growth
- They are securely placed – no slipping
- They function and are cared like your natural teeth
With All-on-4, four – small, titanium, screw-shaped posts are implanted into the jawbone at precise angles to support an upper and lower denture. The implants serve as natural tooth roots that help to preserve the gum tissue as well as the jawbone. Traditional dentures sit on top of your gums and do not stimulate bone growth.
Because of the tilt and angles of the implants, bone grafting can be avoided. Many people who undergo this procedure are able to get their teeth right away.
Cost. All-on-4 dental implants are permanent and do not need to be replaced. When you take into consideration that traditional dentures often break or chip - and usually need to be replaced every few years – the difference in cost makes sense. The initial price may be more, but worth it in the long-run.
Visit your dentist
Your teeth are not only important for your looks, self-esteem and confidence – but they are important to your overall health. When you avoid certain foods due to the inability to bite or chew, you may not be getting the proper nutrients you need to stay healthy.
No one wants to lose their teeth – but sometimes it is necessary in order to maintain the health of your mouth as well as your body. If that time has come for you, it is important to seek the advice of your dentist. After a thorough exam, your dentist will be able to tell you if you are a candidate for All-on-4 dental implants. Before you know it, you will be able to show off your smile again with a full set of beautiful teeth.