There are a million reasons someone may be missing a few or many teeth, ranging from a childhood accident to a medical condition later in life to any number of things in between. The common thread between everyone who’s lost a permanent tooth before, however, is the desire to have said tooth or teeth replaced so they can get back to life as usual. If you or a loved one has lost all of their teeth, you may have tried a few different solutions to get back to your old smile, frustratingly to no avail. Dentures can be troublesome and inconsistent, and individual implants can be costly and time-consuming to have placed. If you’re looking to replace an entire row of teeth, All-On-4 implants may be the perfect solution for you! Permanent and cost-effective, read on to learn a bit more about this solution to tooth loss.
Different Than Dentures
All-On-4 implants differ from dentures in a few crucial ways. First and foremost, these implants are permanent, meaning they don’t have to be removed daily, and there’s no risk of shifting or moving throughout the day like there is with dentures. All-On-4 implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth and only require the care you would have given to your natural teeth, unlike the extra steps associated with removable dentures. They’re also considerably sturdier than dentures and allow the wearer to eat all of their favorite foods, chew comfortably, and maintain their normal diet. Additionally, they help to preserve the shape and stability of facial features in a way that removable dentures can’t!
Comparable to Conventional Implants
All-On-4 implants function much more similar to traditional dental implants than they do dentures, but the placement of them is much simpler. As the name implies, All-On-4 implants can replace an entire row of teeth with only 4 implants, compared to up to 8 with traditional implants. Because of this, All-On-4 implants save time, money, and pain while being placed. All-On-4 implants are also embedded into the jaw at an angle, giving them more stability than individual implants and helping them to last longer. Traditional implants often require bone grafts to help strengthen the jaw before anchoring the implants in place, but All-On-4 implants can usually be placed without the need for bone grafts or other additional procedures.
The cost of All-On-4 implants will depend on your dentist and your location. Still, generally speaking, they are a much more cost-effective option than other implants and treatments because they can be fitted in one surgery, and fewer implants have to be made to accomplish the same end. Discussing costs, payment plans, and insurance coverage with your dentist should give you the best idea of your options regarding All-On-4 implants!
If you think All-On-4 implants could be the solution you’ve been waiting for, don’t hesitate to give us a call at TruBlu Dentistry in Burbank, Chicago, or Hegewisch to schedule a consultation today!