All-on-Four Dental Implants: The Denture Alternative

If you’re missing most or all of your natural teeth, you may have considered full teeth replacements such as dentures. After all, getting all your teeth replaced with dental implants would be too costly and time-consuming, right?

Not so fast. All-on-four dental implants give you the opportunity to have the security of dental implants with a permanently-attached set of artificial teeth, similarly to a denture. How do all- on-four dental implants work?

Four to Six Dental Implants Secure Your New Teeth

All-on-four dental implants use just a few dental implants—typically between four and six—to create your new smile. These implants are strategically placed to support your new sets of teeth, which will be permanently fixed to the dental implants to provide you with a strong, secure, and natural-looking smile.

You can replace both your upper and lower rows of teeth with all-on-four dental implants. All-on-four dental implants have an excellent success rate of 99.8%, meaning the chances that you would experience complications or that your body would reject the implants are very low [1].

More Affordable and Convenient Than Dentures

Unlike dentures, all-on-four dental implants are comfortable and secure. They don’t require any adhesives, and don’t rely on gum suction to stay in place. You can safely enjoy all the foods you love, and smile and laugh without worrying about your dentures potentially coming out of place.

All-on-four dental implants are more affordable than replacing every single tooth with a dental implant, and more convenient. The best part? Since your dental implants will never need to be replaced, you’re investing in a lifelong tooth replacement. Compare this to dentures, which need to be replaced every five years to stay in good shape.

In addition, with all-on-four dental implants, you won’t need to have bone grafting. For some patients getting dental implants, they need to have a bone graft before the implant can be successfully placed. With all-on-four, the available bone is used, allowing you to avoid this step in the process [2].

Build Up Jawbone for a More Youthful Appearance

While dentures do provide some bone stimulation, they don’t compare to dental implants, which directly help your body regenerate lost bone in your jaw. Why is this important?

When you lose a tooth or several teeth, your tooth roots are no longer stimulating your jawbone. Your body responds to this by reducing the amount of jawbone, which leads your face to look less full and more sunken in, which can contribute to a more aged appearance. With all-on-four dental implants, you can help regenerate more bone in your jaw than dentures, allowing you to look younger for longer, especially with your beautiful new smile!

Are You Considering Dental Implants?

Dental implants are one of the best options for replacing your missing teeth, and all-on-four dental implants have a particularly high success rate. Are you missing all of your natural teeth?

Ask your dentist if you’re a candidate for all-on-four dental implants during your next checkup!

Sources:
1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5347302/
2. https://www.aaid-implant.org/dental-implants/types-of-implants-and-techniques/

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All-on-Four Dental Implants: The Denture Alternative
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All-on-four dental implants give you the opportunity to have the security of dental implants with a permanently-attached set of artificial teeth, similarly to a denture. How do all- on-four dental implants work?
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Dr. Ahmed Uthman
Dr. Uthman also began practicing general dentistry in 1997, and went on to gain advanced training in orthodontics in 2006. He is dedicated to his patients, and strives to provide treatments that address the underlying issues that cause most cosmetic conditions. He has a great amount of compassion for his patients, and believes that having a long lasting doctor/patient relationship helps to increase the quality and effectiveness of care. Due to his commitment to a high standard of care and additional training, Dr. Uthman is also recognized as an Invisalign Preferred Provider. Dr. Uthman spends much of his free time with his wife and daughters. He enjoys watching soccer matches, playing tennis, and has recently taken up golf as well. Dr. Uthman is trilingual, speaking Kurdish, Arabic, and English.