This article, part 3 of 3, explores the advantages of oral rehabilitation with the All-on-4 protocol over traditional teeth replacement technology; removable dentures.
In our previous two article posts on All on Four dental implants, we took a look at the key advantages of this revolutionary teeth replacement protocol over traditional removable dentures or false teeth. These included greater bite functionality, patient comfort, smile aesthetics (both short and long term) and the preservation of good jaw bone health. In this, the final installment of a threepart series on the benefits of All on Four dental implants, we shall take a look at the cost differences between this breakthrough technology and older, more traditional method for teeth replacement. All on Four Dental Implants: Smart Long-term Investment In order to fully appreciate what a smart investment All on Four dental implants are, one needs to take a step back and evaluate the greater picture. All on Four dental implants provide patients with a long term teeth replacement solution that is fixed, non-removable, entirely comfortable and immediately functional. All on Four dental implants enable patients to eat all the foods they love without worrying or feeling self-conscious and they never need to be removed for cleaning. In fact, this revolutionary teeth replacement technology doesnâ€™t come with any of the challenges and repeated costs associated with removable dentures. This is where one needs to appreciate the difference between the initial price tag for All on Four dental implants and dentures. While the former may represent a greater investment, it is one that will benefit patients for decades (up to 30 years if cared for properly) without the need for future restorations and expenses. All on Four dental implants, in other words, constitute a one-time investment with a one-time solution to rampant tooth loss and edentulism (not having any of your original adult teeth left)!
All on Four Dental Implants versus Removable Dentures Removable dentures, unlike All on Four dental implants, go hand-in-hand with several repeat expenses. These include:
Adhesives: Dental adhesives are required to prevent removable dentures from slipping and shifting around.
Anesthetic Gels: Because dentures rely entirely upon the gums for support, they can cause pain, irritation, inflammation and the development of sores that aren’t given a chance to heal. Anesthetic gels are necessary to make dentures more tolerable for their wearers.
Cleaning Products and Storage: Dentures harbor food and bacteria. They require cleaning after meals and at nighttime, which requires a constant investment in specialized denture products. Hygienic containers for nighttime storage are also a necessity.
Refitting: The greatest repeat expense incurred by removable dentures – one avoided entirely by All on Four dental implants – is the need for refitting as a result of bone loss in the jaw. The atrophy of bone tissue is a natural consequence of tooth loss and while All on Four dental implants help to prevent the deterioration of bone volume in the jaw, removable dentures do not. As this hard tissue wastes away, over time, dentures that once fit snugly, begin to slip more and more, until they are actually intolerable to wear. This necessitates expensive refitting every few years or so.
All on Four Dental Implants: A Final Note All on Four dental implants really do offer edentulous and near-edentulous patients a superior solution to all their oral problems. Dentures are associated with numerous challenges and repeated expenses that can quite markedly affect one’s quality of life and self-confidence. With All on Four dental implants being such a sophisticated teeth replacement solution, patients should think very hard before wasting time and money and resigning themselves to the pain, discomfort, social embarrassment and inconvenience associated with removable dentures.