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All-On-4 vs. Dentures: Which Should You Get?

All-On-4 vs. Dentures: Which Should You Get?
  • July 11, 2016

Missing teeth is a bad thing to deal with. You’re facing more dental health problems than if you had all of your teeth. When you smile, you’re probably worried about what people are thinking when they see that huge gap. You have several choices, but when you’re missing a lot of teeth, it can sometimes come down to two: dentures or All-on-4 implants. To help you decide which is best for you, here is a list of what each can do for you.

What Both Dentures And All-On-4 Can Do For You

  • You get a beautiful set of working teeth. Regardless of which treatment you eventually choose, they will both replace lost teeth. The dentists at our Nashua, NH dental office will take careful measurements and help create a set of replacement teeth. These will look beautiful and feel natural. Plus, you’ll get back to eating normally again.
  • They are placed quickly. Some treatments can take a while before you are finished. With both dentures and All-On-4, once they are made, you can get them placed in one visit. Regular return visits are recommended to make sure they’re fitting correctly, of course.

How Full Dentures Work For You

  • You can get full or partial versions. All-on-4 implants do one thing. They replace all of the teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth. That’s great, but what happens if you still have several of your natural teeth? Full dentures can replace a full arch too, but there’s also partial dentures. These are perfect for when you only need some teeth replaced.
  • They can be removed to clean easily and give your gums a break. Dentures might not be natural teeth, but they still need to be cleaned. Full and partial dentures come out when you want, so they are very easy to clean. Just use a special cleaning solution, rinse thoroughly, and there you go. Plus, taking them out at night while you sleep is a great way to give your gums time to rest. Dentures use a gum-colored base to hold onto your gums. This can irritate your gum tissue, so taking dentures out can give your gums a much-needed break.
  • You don’t need healthy bone tissue. All-on-4 implants need titanium roots implanted in your jawbone. That’s what makes them stay put. However, not every jaw can handle those implants. If your jaw is unhealthy or just naturally thin, you might not be able to get All-on-4. Dentures use a combination of a non-toxic adhesive and the shape of the base to hold fast to your gums. With no implants, you don’t need to worry about the state of your jawbone.
  • They’re generally more affordable. Dentures are a time-tested piece of dental technology. As with most things that have been around a while, this means they are more affordable. All-on-4 implants aren’t that new, but they also require oral surgery to place the implants. It’s a more complicated treatment, so it’s more expensive.

How All-On-4 Works For You

  • You don’t have to use messy adhesives. Full dentures need a special adhesive to stick to your gums. This can get messy and means you have to clean dentures carefully. Otherwise, the adhesive can build up and make it harder for your dentures to stay where they belong. All-on-4 is held by implanted roots. There’s no need to keep buying adhesives.
  • Pressure from biting is transferred to the bone like normal. When you have dentures, the pressure you apply when chewing is transferred to your gums. That’s not the way it should be. With natural teeth, that pressure goes down the root into the jawbone. This mimics what happens with your natural teeth and keeps your gums from being too irritated or sore.
  • They keep your jawbone healthier. That same pressure delivers stimulation to the bone tissue in your jaw. That’s a good thing. The bone there needs stimulation to stay healthy. Without it, the tissue starts to deteriorate and your jawbone gets weaker.
  • They generally last longer. Dentures will have to be replaced, sometimes 2-3 times in your life. All-on-4 is a more durable and long-lasting treatment. Once placed, you shouldn’t have to replace it at all.
  • They will stay stable and will not fall out. The problem with dentures is that they can sometimes move around in your mouth. It’s not unheard of to have them completely fall out, either. That’s especially true if your dentures are old or you are eating foods that are hard to chew. With All-on-4 implants, none of that is a concern. They are held snugly but firmly in your mouth and will not move, let alone fall out.

As you can see, All-on-4 implants have some important advantages. However, the choice is yours. Our team will work with you to help you decide which is best. If you are ready to schedule an appointment for dentures or All-on-4 implants, call us today at 603-546-7460.