All on 4 Dental Implants: A Comprehensive Look at a Breakthrough Surgical Protocol, PART 3 “This four-part series takes an in-depth look at the All-on-4 dental implant technique, covering aspects including what the procedure entails and how it works to the incredible results it is able to achieve in patients that have long lived without teeth.”
In our previous article post, we discussed the surgical procedure involved in the placement of All on 4 dental implants and the subsequent affixing of the non-removable prosthetic dental bridge to these implants. In this article, the third installment of a four-part series, we shall explain why all on 4 dental implants offer patients a far more sophisticated and comprehensive solution to tooth loss than traditional tooth replacement technologies, namely removable dentures; or, as they are colloquially known, false teeth. All on 4 Dental Implants and Removable Dentures It doesn’t take much imagination to understand where removable dentures fall short in their solutions to edentulism (not having a single original adult tooth left) and near-edentulism. For one, as their name suggests, they are removable and therefore come with the ever-present threat of slipping around and falling out. While there are adhesive products on the market, these are messy and furthermore, represent an investment the patient will need to make as long as they live with dentures. All on 4 dental implants on the other hand are inserted into the jaw, where, over the ensuing months, they form a strong biological bond with the bone tissue. This provides support for a non-removable prosthetic dental bridge, which, aesthetically, functionally and comfort-wise, feels very much like natural teeth. But this is only the tip of the ice-berg as far as the differences between All on 4 dental implants and dentures are concerned…
Comfortable Solution: Dentures transmit all the forces associated with eating and chewing directly to the underlying gums covering the jaw bone ridge. This results in irritation, inflammation and the development of sores that are difficult to heal. In fact, it is the acute discomfort associated with eating with dentures that can lead to malnutrition in many elderly denture-wearers. All on 4 dental implants provide all the support needed to the prosthetic dental bridge and as a result, there is no trauma to or unnatural pressure exerted on the soft tissue in the mouth. Eating with All on 4 dental implants is entirely comfortable and feels very natural.
Clean and Hygienic: Dentures are unhygienic; unless kept meticulously clean, they harbor food and bacteria, resulting in chronic bad breath and an unpleasant taste in the mouth. All on 4 dental implants are cared for just like your natural teeth and so don’t require removal after meals or at nighttime.
Natural Solution: Because the prosthetic dental bridge used in the procedure is anchored in the mouth with All on 4 dental implants, there is no need for it to be built with additional stabilizing mass, as is the case with dentures. Consequently, the bridge is far less bulky, which, unlike dentures, does not impede taste ability or trigger the gag reflex.
Aesthetic Solution: The dental bridge affixed to the All on 4 dental implants is fabricated to be virtually indistinguishable from a full set of healthy, beautiful teeth. Furthermore, without the need for that extra bulky mass, the prosthesis looks far more natural than removable dentures, which actually push against the lips from the inside of the mouth, making them look thin and stretched. In the long term, All on 4 dental implants promote the health of the underlying jaw bone. This prevents premature aging and the loss of one’s natural youthful facial contours.
A Long Term Solution: All on 4 dental implants can last decades without the need for any replacement or restoration. Removable dentures require refitting every few years or so as a result of bone loss in the jaw caused by atrophy of the hard tissue; a consequence of tooth loss gone untreated. In brief summary, as you can see from these key differences between All on 4 dental implants and removable dentures, the former constitutes a far more sophisticated, comfortable and cost-effective solution. All on 4 dental implants excel in restoring a patient’s smile confidence, self-esteem and quality of life where dentures fall far too short. All on 4 Dental Implants: Stay Tuned… In our next article installment, the final of this four-part series, we shall be looking at the benefits of this breakthrough surgical protocol over traditional techniques and how all on 4 dental implants can save patients tens of thousands of dollars on complete oral rehabilitation.
Published on Mar 26, 2012
Published on Mar 26, 2012
This four-part series takes an in-depth look at the All-on-4 dental implant technique, covering aspects including what the procedure entails...