All on 4 Dental Implants vs Dentures - Ford Dental Group - Huntington Beach, CA Dentist

All-on-4 Dental Implants vs. Dentures

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All-on-4 Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Tooth loss is a serious event that affects every aspect of your life. One of the most obvious effects is the impact on your smile, which decreases your confidence. Basic tasks like eating and speaking become difficult, and over time, your jaw weakens and changes shape. Dental implants are the preferred treatment for replacing missing teeth, but they rely on sufficient bone mass in your jaw. Without enough bone mass, your jaw cannot support the necessary implants for an implant-supported denture. At Ford Dental Group, we can help determine whether All-on-4 implants or traditional dentures are the best option for you.

All on 4 Dental Implants vs Dentures - Ford Dental Group - Huntington Beach, CA Dentist

Traditional Tooth Replacement With Dentures

Dentures have been used for centuries to replace missing teeth. Over the years, many improvements have been made to enhance their functionality and aesthetics. The premise behind dentures remains the same: they are removable prostheses consisting of an acrylic base that holds acrylic resin teeth. Dentures are made from impressions of your mouth to ensure a perfect fit. The base is designed to sit directly on your gums.

Dentures should be removed nightly for thorough cleaning. Brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and special denture paste. After cleaning, soak them overnight to allow your gums to rest. While dentures replace missing teeth, they cannot prevent the bone loss that occurs after tooth loss. Without tooth roots to stimulate the jawbone, bone loss continues, causing your jaw to change shape. As a result, dentures need to be replaced about every seven years.

All-On-4 Tooth Replacement

Dental implants are a popular option for replacing missing teeth. This treatment involves surgically implanting small titanium posts into the jawbone. These posts integrate into the jaw as the bone fuses to them, turning them into replacement tooth roots. The posts then support ceramic crowns that replace the visible portions of your missing teeth.

If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, an implant-supported denture is often used, requiring 6 to 8 posts for support. However, if you do not have enough bone mass remaining, the implants may not properly integrate into the jaw. In this case, you may be a candidate for the All-on-4 treatment. This treatment uses only four implants strategically placed to maximize the available bone mass. Two implants are placed vertically at the front of the jaw, where there is more bone mass, and the other two are placed at a 45-degree angle at the back. This placement increases the likelihood of successful fusion. All-on-4 implants offer the same benefits as an implant-supported denture, including a natural appearance, greater comfort, permanence, and jawbone preservation, preventing further bone loss.

If you are missing an entire arch of teeth but do not have the necessary bone mass for an implant-supported denture, you still have options. For more information and to determine the best option for you, call Ford Dental Group to schedule your consultation today at (714) 409-6161.