Dentures can be a huge pain for patients who are missing teeth. Dentures are removable and can slip and slide in your mouth making eating, talking, and socializing normally difficult. New state-of-the-art technology has made it possible for dentures to be a thing of the past; however, some products are better than others. Before you begin the process of replacing your teeth with implants consider the pros and cons of All-on-4 dental implants, Fixed Zirconia Bridges, and Dental Implant Supported Dentures.
Implants are the best solution for missing teeth because the repair and restoration go below the surface and cosmetic appeal. When teeth fall out and the roots are upended from the gums, the bone that once supported the root will begin to decay. Bone loss can lead to face shape changing, causing the chin to protrude and deep facial contours to appear. Patients who are missing all of their teeth can suffer bone loss so severe that removable hardware such as dentures is no longer an option for them.
When the root of a tooth disappears, this leaves a hole in the gum where bacteria can invade quickly and easily. Gum disease and periodontal disease are frequently symptoms of missing teeth and exposed gums. When dental implants are used, this not only seals off the hole to bacteria and infection but helps to preserve the bone and stop facial structure from changing. Implants serve in this way as a synthetic tooth root and also provides a foundation for biting that is solid.
What are All-on-4 Dental Implants?
All-on-4 dental implants are semi-permanent dental bridges that can only be removed by your dentist. These bridges are anchored to your mouth by four implants. This full mouth dental restoration process is advanced because an implant for each tooth is no longer required to restore each tooth. Entire rows of teeth can be placed using just 2 implants on either the top or bottom gum line. All-on-4 implants are done in one appointment using premade rows of teeth and affixing them to a minimum of 4 implants—2 anterior and 2 angled posteriors. The entire procedure time takes about five hours—2.5 hours per arch.
All-on-4 dental implants do require a follow-up visit approximately 6 months after the procedure so that the permanent arch can be placed after the healing process of placing the implants.
Benefits of All-on-4 Dental Implants
Besides the fact that all-on-4 dental implants can fully restore your smile, there are many other benefits of the technology including:
- Immediate functioning
- Minimally invasive
- Shorter treatment times
- Cleaned like regular teeth
- Feel natural
- Allows for temperature sensations to be felt
- Allows for a more forceful bite than dentures
Cons of All-on-4 Dental Implants
While All-on-4 Dental Implants may seem like a great idea, there are many drawbacks to these implants.
- increased risk for:
- More difficult than traditional implants to clean
- The most fragile option
- Expensive, sometimes as much as Fixed Zirconia Bridges
Benefits of Fixed Zirconia Bridges
Fixed Zirconia Bridges are the #1 choice in quality for smile restoration. The Dental Implant Place specializes in these bridges, also called zirconia implants or permanent dental bridges. These bridges work by cementing a bridge made of zirconia onto implant on an upper or lower arch. The zirconia material is the strongest material in the dental industry that also has the ability to make teeth look and feel natural. Fixed zirconia bridges also are anchored with the right number of implants for the patient which is usually much more than four. Other benefits include:
- A natural look and feel to teeth
- Teeth that work like natural teeth
- Strongest bite possible for tooth replacement
- Digitally designed for precise fit and optimal comfort
- Created in-house at The Dental Implant Place
- No overlap over your gums
- Cleaned by brushing your teeth twice a day
Cons of Fixed Zirconia Bridges
The only drawbacks that come with fixed zirconia bridges relate to cost. This is the most expensive option for tooth replacement upfront, however, the value of having a natural looking and feeling, permanent smile for a lifetime can trump the cost factor.
Benefits of Dental Implant Supported Dentures
Dental implanted supported dentures are your second best option for restorative tooth loss. Like fixed zirconia bridges, dental implant supported dentures use the number of implants that is right for the patient to restore the smile. This is often more than four. Although patients still much have dentures with this solution, they are specially designed to leave the top palate exposed for minimal change to taste and no suction to the top of the mouth needed as with traditional dentures. Acrylic dentures are customized to fit over several dental implants and other benefits include:
- Most affordable option for permanent smile restoration
- more comfortable than all-on-4
- stronger bite than all-on-4 due to more implants=more impact support
- Sanitary and easier to clean than all-on-4
- Easier to repair and adjust than all-on-4
Cons of Dental Implant Supported Dentures
Dental implant supported dentures mean that a patient still must use dentures; however, the anchored dentures means that they are a permanent solution. Other reasons why these are the second best option for smile restoration include:
- Acrylic is not as strong as zirconia
- Not as customizable as zirconia
- Less natural looking than zirconia
- Not as comfortable as fixed bridges
Call us today for a better solution than All on 4 Dental Implants! 817 560 0414
The Dental Implant Place has focused completely on dental implants since 2007. Our dentist, Dr. Steve Brown, has placed over 10 thousand dental implants. Our office is one of the best in the country. Dentists from across the nation come to our office to learn how Dr. Brown places dental implants. Here, we offer better solutions than all on 4 dental implants. Schedule your free dental implant consultation today to learn more!