The more well-known and more traditional way to fill any gaps from missing teeth, or to replace them are removable dentures. Also known as false teeth, they are made with an acrylic base and the fake teeth themselves are usually made from porcelain or resin. They function by simply slotting over the gums and stay stable through either glue (dental adhesive) or through suction. However, if matched and fitted to the gum perfectly, no glue or dental adhesive should be necessary. However, as there are no actual teeth supporting the denture, the supporting bone starts to wither and shrink over time and the evolving shape means that the denture will become loose and unstable, causing extreme discomfort for the wearer. This can cause a myriad of problems, such as difficulty eating. These removable dentures, or false teeth, are specially catered to fit the patient’s mouth, the upper part of the denture encompasses the roof of the mouth entirely while the lower denture is styled into more of a horse shoe shape that allows space for the tongue to move and perform its job comfortably. Another down side or inconvenience to dentures is that they do have to be removed overnight and be cleaned.
However, All On 4 implants are different. Firstly, they are fixed into the gap caused by missing teeth in a rear angle that minimises pain and discomfort – which would be caused if they were fitted horizontally. This means there is no possibility of them slipping or becoming distorted like there is with removable dentures. This makes it much easier for the wearer to talk and eat without any embarrassment or discomfort. They are also less cumbersome to the patient as they do not cover as large a surface area. Removable dentures cover the entirety of the mouth while All On 4 covers only a small percentile of the actual gum. This makes the patient a lot more comfortable as the implants do not have to take up huge amounts of the limited space in their mouth. Also, the join is hidden behind the lips and thus the implants will not be exposed when the wearer smiles. This makes people feel much less self-conscious about their smiles.
Overall, while of course there are draw backs to All On 4 dental implants, there are much more grievances and consequences with removable dentures.
All On 4 Verses Regular Implants
Usually, when replacing a lot of missing teeth in a jaw requires a mixture of single-tooth implants as well as dental bridges. Both of these techniques involve drilling holes and sockets into the jaw bone for eight to ten implants. However, All On 4 requires a significantly lower number of implants – four. This is cheaper and a lot more comfortable for the patient. Less materials and time are required for this one-day process with almost no recovery time needed. There will be no six-month healing period when a patient has All On 4 implants.