What Is the Difference Between All-on-4™ and Dentures?
Two of the most popular methods to replace all missing teeth are traditional dentures and All-on-4™, an innovative technique that uses dental implants and a dental appliance to restore the smile. Each option has its benefits and drawbacks, and your unique needs and goals will help determine which one is ideal for you. Our experienced dentists have provided a quick overview of each option to aid in your research:
Dentures are appliances used to restore the smile. They are generally secured into place with an adhesive substance and are removed at night for cleaning. The appliance fits over the gums, which can cause discomfort over time if the fit is not precise. Additionally, there may be some restrictions in the types of foods you can eat, depending on the quality of fit. Dentures do not preserve jawbone density, so even if the dentures sit snugly initially, changes in bone structure may lead to an irregular fit in the future. That said, dentures are typically the most affordable option up front.
All-on-4™, or Teeth in a Day, uses just four dental implants to secure a dental appliance on the top or bottom arch (or eight total implants for both arches, though for some patients this number may vary). Since dental implants are used, jawbone structure can be preserved while maintaining a comfortable and snug fit. Dental implants do not require special maintenance (simply brush and floss normally), and they do not need to be removed for cleaning. All-on-4™ is often a more affordable choice than a full set of dental implants, but they may cost more than traditional dentures—at first. Over time, however, All-on-4™ may be more cost-effective as replacement should not be necessary as might be the case with dentures.
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