Tooth loss is devastating. Losing teeth affects many facets of your life – especially on a daily level. It is important to replace lost teeth so that patients can regain the ability to eat comfortably and smile with confidence. If you are reviewing your tooth replacement solutions, you might be overwhelmed with your many options. Some common prosthetics include full and partial dentures along with implant-supported prosthetics such as All-on-4 dentures. Our oral surgeon places dental implants to replace a single tooth or a full arch of teeth.
The Difference Between Full and Partial Dentures
Dentures have been used to replace lost teeth for centuries. Full dentures are used for edentulous patients because they replace all missing teeth. These types of dentures rest on top of the gums and the arch of the mouth holds them in place. Partial dentures replace some missing teeth and “snap on” to biological teeth to complete a smile. Both partial and full dentures are removed nightly for cleaning.
While these options are good for improving oral function and appearance, they do have some limitations. Many patients with tooth loss also suffer with bone atrophy, a condition where the body reabsorbs bone mass. Over time, this makes dentures uncomfortable to wear and affects the shape of the face. This is why your oral surgeon might recommend implant supported dentures instead.
All-on-4: A Durable and Comfortable Alternative to Traditional Dentures
All-on-4 is a method of securing custom dentures to dental implants. Dental implants are small, screw-like posts that are made of titanium. These posts are surgically embedded into the jaw and will be used to support prosthetics. By placing four implants throughout the jaw, a full set of dentures can be supported. Since dentures are permanently secured to implants, they will not move during eating and speaking. Implants also prevent bone atrophy and therefore make dentures last longer.
If you are interested in learning more about implant supported dentures, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with our experienced team. Call EverSmile today to reserve your appointment.