Posted On 4/17/2018 12:00:00 AM
by Bruce Kanehl
All-on-4 dental implants are quickly becoming one of the fastest growing full mouth restoration techniques in the dental industry - and it's due to the variety of benefits that the practice offers compared to alternative options, such as dentures. All-on-4 is just like it sounds, as patients have the opportunity to receive one full arch of teeth with just four implants. It's a much more convenient way to receive a full new set of teeth, albeit artificial, compared to more conventional practices.
How do All-on-4 dental implants stack up against dentures? Here's a look:
There are several key benefits to All-on-4 dental implants beyond the convenience of only requiring up to four implants per arch of teeth, including:
Unless you were to tell someone that you have All-on-4 implants, they would never know the difference between whether your teeth are artificial or natural. They don't just look like the real thing either, they also feel like the real thing.
All-on-4 implants are cared for the same way real teeth area cared for - by brushing and flossing. That's a far cry from dentures, which require adhesives to administer and then must be taken out and cleaned every night.
Once the mouth fully heals following the All-on-4 process, you're able to eat pretty much any food that you'd like. That's not the case with dentures, as there are certain foods that should be avoided.
Dentures have a tendency to help progress bone loss. That's not the case with All-on-4 implants.
All-on-4 implants are a much more expensive option than dentures are, but there's good reason for this. For starters, All-on-4 is a permanent solution, so there's no real replacement or maintenance required over time. In fact, once the mouth fully heals following the process, it'll be like having a brand new set of teeth.
While both procedures come with recovery times, it's worth noting that the specific recovery time is largely based on the particular individual being treated and the scope of the procedure. For instance, if teeth have to be extracted so that an All-on-4 arch can be placed, that's likely going to add to the recovery time. When it comes to All-on-4 implants, the actual permanent teeth cannot be placed until the mouth fully heals from implant installation. Depending on the individual, this may take a few months. View our FAQs to learn more about the All-on-4 procedure.
All-on-4 isn't for everyone, but those who are good candidates for the procedure are almost always pleased with the final outcome.
For more information on All-on-4 dental implants and all of its benefits when compared to dentures, contact Kanehl Dental today.
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