All-On-4 Vs Dentures
When missing more than one tooth, you have several options for replacing these missing teeth. For the longest time, dentures were the way to go. Dentures were commonly used to replace a full arch or even your entire teeth. However, while permanent dentures are a thing now, the most common form of dentures are the removable ones.
These days, as restorative dentistry has progressed, a new procedure, called the All-on-4® Treatment Concept, is being used as a superior treatment. Here at Beaverton Oral Surgeons, we can provide you with either restorations if you are dealing with damaged or missing teeth.
What Are Dentures?
Simply put, dentures are a set of prosthetic teeth you can use in place of your missing teeth. Usually, they are made from acrylic materials or porcelain. With dentures, there are full dentures, which replace your entire teeth, and partial dentures which only replace a few missing ones.
Dentures can also be immediate and installed right after tooth removal, or conventional, which are installed a few weeks after tooth removal. Conventional dentures are better, as your gums will have taken on their new size and you will not need several adjustments. Most of the time, people opt for removable dentures that need to be cleaned and removed while sleeping, which is a disadvantage compared to the permanent All-on-4 solution.
However, it is important to note that dentures come with some downsides. They do not look as natural as real teeth. Because of the acrylic material, dentures can give off a fake impression sometimes. At first, dentures can also cause discomfort and difficulty in doing certain things, such as speaking and eating. Speaking of food, some foods are simply not possible to eat with dentures, such as sticky or chewy foods.
What Is All-on-4?
All-on-4 is the new groundbreaking treatment option for replacing several teeth. The All-on-4 Treatment Concept combines dental implants with dental bridges to replace entire rows with just four implants. Because they are implants, you will also get a root system. This restoration looks and feels just like having a natural set of teeth, so you will never have to be self-conscious.
The All-on-4 option is a reliable and trustworthy option for teeth replacement. Since they are not removable, they are a permanent option and are quite hassle-free during maintenance. However, the one downside to All-on-4 is that it is more expensive than your traditional dentures.
Which Is Better: All-On-4 or Dentures?
In terms of benefits, the All-on-4 is far ahead of dentures. Because they act just like natural teeth, these implants will not need any special treatment and you can clean and maintain them with regular brushing and flossing. They are also more robust, so the chances of them getting damaged are slim.
On the other hand, dentures take more work and effort to maintain. All-on-4 can also prevent certain issues such as bone loss in your jaw, but more importantly, they feel comfortable and look great.
Dealing with damaged, decayed, or missing teeth is never easy. This is at Beaverton Oral Surgeons we take all of the necessary measures when taking care of our patients. If you or a close family member are dealing with the consequences of missing teeth, we would be more than happy to help to get your smile back. To learn more about dental restoration or to make an appointment over the phone, reach us at (971) 249-8370.