Why All on 4 is Better than Dentures
Traditional DenturesDentures have been a treatment for replacing missing teeth for hundreds of years. The dentures used today consist of acrylic resin teeth that are set into an acrylic gum-colored base. The base, which is supported by your gum tissue, is removable and should be taken out every night for care.
While modern dentures are made to be much more natural in appearance, they do have several significant disadvantages. First, the extra care they require every night can be tedious. Because dentures rest directly on your gums, they put pressure on sensitive tissue, which can restrict blood flow and cause discomfort. Dentures can slip out of place and move around, causing painful denture sores. Additionally, dentures cannot stop the bone loss in your jaw. In fact, ill-fitting dentures can speed up bone loss. As you lose bone mass, your dentures will no longer fit properly, which results in the need for a new restoration.
Replacing Teeth with All on 4All on 4 is a dental implant treatment that provides you with an alternative to traditional dentures when you have suffered too much bone loss to support the typical 6 to 8 implant posts needed for a regular full arch replacement. In addition to allowing you to enjoy the benefits of dental implants, the All on 4 treatment avoids the need for a bone graft, meaning that you do not need additional surgery.
While the All on 4 treatment uses fewer implants than a regular implant supported denture, the success is not in the number of implant posts. Instead, the success of this treatment lies in the placement of the 4 posts that are used. Two posts are placed vertically at the front of the jaw. There is naturally more bone mass in this region of the jaw. The other two posts are placed toward the back of the jaw, one on each side. These posts are inserted at a 45-degree angle. This angle maximizes contact between the posts and your existing jawbone. Additionally, when placed in the upper jaw, the angle helps to avoid the sinus cavities, avoiding the need for a sinus lift.
Why is All on 4 Better?There are several reasons why All on 4 is a better treatment option than dentures. Benefits include:
With All on 4, we can replace an entire arch of missing teeth without the need for a bone graft, providing you with a long-term, even permanent, solution to tooth loss. Call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center at (570) 323-1900 to schedule your consultation and find out if All on 4 is right for you.