All-On-4 Implants vs Dentures

All-On-4 Implants vs Dentures

What Is Full Mouth Restoration?

Frequently when we talk about dental restorative procedures we think about replacing a single tooth or a small group of teeth. Frequently, the best choices for a single tooth are removable dentures, dental bridges, or a single dental implant. But as we age it becomes necessary to consider options for full mouth restoration. All-on-4 implants have grown in popularity as an alternative treatment to traditional dentures. 

In this article, we will discuss why more and more patients are looking into All-On-4 dental implants, the benefits of these implants, some of the drawbacks, and more information. If you live in North Andover Massachusetts, and are interested in learning more about All-On-4 Dental Implants we would be happy to discuss this treatment or other options. 

What Are All-on-4 Implants?

When a single tooth is lost, one of the best solutions is a dental implant. And implant works by fully replacing the lost tooth including the root. While bridges just replace what was above the gum line, implants replace what was beneath as well. A post is inserted underneath the gums which fuses to the jawline. After it has healed, the false tooth is attached to the top of the post. This is a much closer replacement for a lost tooth than either dental bridges or partial dentures. 

All-On-4 implants work in a similar way with a single key difference. Instead of a single post and a single tooth, an entire arch of teeth are attached by using just four implant posts. This reduces the number of implants needed for a full mouth restoration. 

Benefits of All-On-4 Implants

Like with singular implants, All-On-4 Implants are much closer replacement option to what our bodies naturally work with. One of the issues of using dental bridges or removable dentures is how your face will change shape over time since it has lost the tooth roots that once led to the face’s structure. Implant posts help maintain the facial structure of a patient. Because All-On-4 implants only require four implant posts, the procedure is more cost effective than replacing each tooth individually and is faster as well. Dental implants function like normal teeth, they replace your entire smile, and they are long-lasting solution to lost adult teeth. 

Drawbacks of All-On-4 Implants

The largest drawback of dental implants is cost and insurance coverage. Many insurance plans do not provide coverage for dental implants, or provide partial coverage. Many dental insurance companies provide coverage for dentures and dental bridges because they are less expensive. That said, those solutions aren’t as effective or long-lasting as implants. For that reason, many patients look into payment plans or financing options that allow them to get the implant treatment instead. 

Learn More About All-On-4 dental Implants in Massachusetts

If you live in the North Andover area and are interested in learning about smile makeovers, All-On-4 Dental implants, or other restorative/cosmetic dental treatments, please contact our office. Dr. Emma Wu and associates would be happy to help you with your dental project.

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