By Jaime A. Romero, Jr., D.D.S.
If you’re looking at tooth replacement options, it’s important to make the right choice. You want to be able to smile, eat, and speak comfortably and normally for the rest of your life. Two common options are traditional dentures and All-on-4, or implant-supported dentures.
Despite calling them traditional, modern dentures are nothing like the ones from the past. Some of the early versions were carved out of wood, making them uncomfortable and poor-fitting. Today’s dentures are custom made from fine porcelain and soft acrylic to offer the most realistic and comfortable experience possible.
Traditional dentures are designed to be easily removable. The arch of the jaw supports them and their surfaces rest directly on the gums. This makes it very easy to take them out for cleaning and sleeping. It also means less complication for oral specialists while making adjustments for fit.
Regular dentures are also less expensive than many other options. Lots of insurance policies cover all or most of the cost of the prosthetic, which is important if you’re concerned about the cost of your tooth replacement.
All-on-4 implants are a different option for tooth replacement. Traditional dentures are not completely stable because they rest on the surface of the gums. Most people need to apply some sort of adhesive to keep their dentures in place throughout the day. Sometimes they can slip while eating or speaking, which can be embarrassing.
All-on-4 dentures actually anchor to small dental implants, rather than relying on the surface of the gum. The posts are made of titanium, making them extremely durable and safe for use in the mouth. These implants are carefully embedded into the jaw during a surgical procedure. Four of them are placed within the mouth, depending on your personal needs. Once the fixtures are healed and secure, your implant-supported dentures can anchor to them, providing incredible stability. Only four posts are necessary to support an entire set of teeth, hence the “All-on-4” name.
All-on-4 treatment eliminates movement and prevents jaw atrophy, meaning you’ll be able to maintain maximum function and retain the shape of your jaw line. They may also enhance confidence because they are so secure and don’t require removal for cleaning and sleeping.
If you’re not sure what type is right for you, call and schedule an appointment with Solace Oral Surgery today at 615-320-1392. We’d love to discuss your oral health and go over your options in depth.