Nothing can replace your original teeth. Most patients who have lost their teeth through accident, injury or ageing will get used to dentures because they think they have no other choice. If a patient is opposed the traditional dentures and their associated pitfalls, the Same Day Teeth Team in Coventry can suggest another approach which you may not know about or may never have considered; a fixed denture. This hybrid denture is commonly referred to as All-on-4 or Same Day Teeth. Here we discuss how All-On-4 can fix your dentures making your new teeth fully functioning.
What is All-On-4
An All-on-4 is a denture with less of the plastic fabrication of conventional dentures. The denture is made of reinforced metal to give it strength and the crowns, your replica teeth, are fixed to this discrete framework. It is then screwed into titanium implants surgically inserted into your jaw bone, where it stays. This method is an alternative to implant retained dentures.
These dentures known as All-on-4 or All-on-6, depending on the extent of the treatment, and the number of implants needed. The denture stays in place and can only be removed by the dentist. The more implants, the more secure the denture and the better the result.
The dentist must first make a diagnosis of your oral health and the density of bone where the implants are best placed. The implants, once inserted, need to heal and integrate with your jawbone. With careful planning and 3D imaging the dentist can preempt and resolve any problems before treatment begins. However, every case is different and, even with careful planning, implants can fail to integrate. Not everyone is suitable for All-on-4 dentures.
Advantages and Disadvantages of All-On-4
The advantages of All-On-4 dentures are:
1# Feel of permanence as they remain fixed in the mouth securely and do not need to be removed to clean.
2# Maintenance is less bothersome than with denture-retention implants but you still need to pay careful attention to your oral hygiene and make regular visits to the hygienist.
3# Can be done on the same day. You could have new teeth in a day!
4# You can eat the food you want to eat, confidently.
The disadvantages of All -on-4 dentures are:
1# It is not always suitable because there might not been enough bone. The implants need to be inserted where the bone is thickest. If the bone is not dense enough, you may require a bone graft but this would all be discussed in your first consultation. If it is not suitable then we would look at alternatives.
2# Although All-on-Four’s are fixed, they still require reviews and care from your dentist to continually monitor your oral health, your gums and your bone density and avoid any problems in the future.
The Costs of All-on-Four’s – They can be affordable
The biggest drawback with implants is they can be cost restrictive. All-on-4 can be more expensive because the treatment is more extensive, with longer appointments required for planning. The cost of the components used for All-on-4 is considerably more expensive than with implant retained dentures, notwithstanding the fact more implants are required. The technicians who fabricate the implants have to do considerably more work highly skilled work, including a surgical visit to meet with you and discuss your needs.
All-on-4 is a personal, custom-made denture and not an off the shelf option. They are a long term solution. Knowing that for most people this is a major investment in their health, happiness and well being, we can tailor a comprehensive plan with repayment options to suit your budget.
The Time Frame
Unlike implant retained dentures, All-on-4 can be done on the same day provided the bone is suitable. Every case is unique, and this does not always happen. The pre-planning and preparation takes months, but is worth it. If this is not the case then you will always have a denture whilst we create your All-on-4 denture. Of course, once you have your new teeth you will have regular check ups and continued to be looked after.
If there is anything we have not covered on All-on-4 let us know by posting a comment below the article. If you have All-on-4 dentures, perhaps you can share your thoughts on this procedure with us.