All-on-4 vs. Dentures
Dentist Cambridge, OH
You can opt for a conventional removable denture if you are missing a full arch of teeth. However, there are even better alternatives that you can settle for, such as teeth in one day or an implant supported bridge, such as the All-on-4 Treatment Concept.
OHIOSmiles believes the most appropriate alternative to a denture is an implant supported bridge. A person who has healthy teeth and adequate bone strength is eligible to get an implant supported bridge. Our dentists can help advise you further if you wish to switch from dentures to the All-on-4 Treatment Concept.
What are Implant Bridges?
According to a study by the American Dental Association, an average adult has at least three or more missing or damaged teeth, which means you are not alone if you have multiple missing teeth. Implant-supported bridges share similarities with conventional dentures; the main difference between the two is that the bridges are supported using implants rather than being placed on top of your teeth. The All-on-4 uses only four implants in the mouth, two on each side.
To be eligible for a bridge implant, you need to have good jaw bone density and a healthy oral cavity. If you have damaged gums, you can restore them through periodontal treatment, and if your jaw bone density is compromised, you will require a bone graft.
Switching from Dentures to Implant Bridge
Dentures have been the go-to option for missing teeth for many years, regardless of the discomfort they cause and the speech challenges that come with it, mainly due to lack of options. However, with advancements in technology, we now have implant supported bridges, which is a far superior choice.
If you still use dentures today, it is in your best interest to switch to implant supported bridges, such as the All-on-4. Unlike removable dentures, implant supported bridges offer a long term permanent solution as they last for 10 or more years if maintained properly. Dentures are hard to clean and can displace at any time, whereas implant supported bridges are fixed to their place and are easier to keep clean. Moreover, the placement of an implant supported bridge inside the bone helps prevent the bone loss that occurs following the loss of teeth.
Traditional Compared to Implant Supported Bridges
Traditional bridges are very much like implant supported bridges; however, to be eligible for a conventional bridge procedure, you must have existing teeth on which the crown is mounted over to support the bridge. On the other hand, implant bridges have the implant posts to support the bridge.
Dentures and traditional implants are an outdated choice for the replacement of arches and missing teeth. To take full advantage of what bridge implants such as the All-on-4 have to offer, call us at (740) 781-0540 to book an appointment or visit us at OHIOSmiles.