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All on 4 vs. Traditional Dentures: A Comparison


shutterstock_87988003-300x200Are you evaluating your tooth replacement options? In the not-so-distant past, patients had few options for replacing teeth lost in adulthood, and the most widely available method for replacing lost teeth was with dentures. Today, however, patients have options like custom-made dentures, implant supported dentures (All on 4), bridges, and dental implants. For those afflicted with total tooth loss, the most common methods for prosthetic teeth include All on 4 or custom dentures. Our team offers important information to help you better understand your options.

Custom Dentures

Compared to the dentures of the past, dentures today have numerous advantages – especially when one factors in that these prosthetic teeth are made specifically for a patient. Dentures are made from porcelain to mimic the appearance of teeth and semi-soft acrylics to duplicate the appearance of gingival tissue. The arch of the jaw is what supports dentures and these prosthetics rest directly on the gums and are removable for cleaning and sleeping.

All on 4 Implant Supported Dentures

While dentures have significantly improved in their construction over the years, they still have limitations. Since traditional dentures rest on top of the gums and are removable, they are not as stable as dentures anchored to dental implants. Dental implants are small posts made of titanium that are embedded into the jaw. These titanium posts will support prosthetic teeth by acting as a pillar or anchor. Using the All on 4 method, our oral surgeons will strategically place four dental implants throughout the mouth and these implants can support an entire set of teeth. Implants eliminate denture movement and help support bone mass by preventing jawbone atrophy, thus allowing a patient to enjoy smooth oral function and retain the shape of their jaw line. Additionally, since implants are sturdy and durable, patients typically feel more confident in their replacement teeth and their appearance.

If you feel overwhelmed by your tooth replacement options, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons. At your appointment, our team can evaluate whether All on 4, implant supported dentures are right for you.

Call Austin Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery today to reserve an appointment.