Regardless of age, everyone wants a beautiful smile. When a person isn't confident in the look of their teeth, they'll often turn to cosmetic dentistry. If you're in need of teeth replacement, you might think that dentures are your only option. You're certainly not alone in this belief, as 90% of those who suffer from edentulism (or missing teeth) have opted for dentures. But there's a relatively new and exciting cosmetic dentistry procedure that may be a much better choice: All-On-4 dental implants. Let's take a closer look at how dentures and dental implants differ and why All-On-4 might be the best choice for you.
Many patients go to their local dentist to have custom dentures made, which can be either partial or full depending on the patient's needs. Dentures have certainly seen a lot of improvement over the years. That said, they still provide only decent stability. That's because they rely completely on tissue support, meaning that their fit depends on the patient's anatomy and the strength of the tissue on which the dentures rest. Dentures can often interfere with eating, drinking, and talking due to poor fit, as well. While the cost of custom dentures may be lower up front than dental implants, the cost of cleaning products, adhesive, and replacement sets will add up over time.
Unlike dentures that rest on top of mouth tissue, All-On-4 involves implantation. This means that instead of slipping and sliding around, artificial teeth are anchored in the patient's mouth. Not only are the materials used in implants stronger than those used in dentures, but they'll also mimic the feel of real teeth. This can be highly beneficial for any number of daily activities. Dental implants restore oral function and will help to maintain the patient's jaw line. With proper care, these permanent dental implants can last a lifetime. Although this cosmetic dentistry procedure will cost more than custom dentures, keep in mind that it's an option that provides far more stability and a significantly improved patient experience. Plus, with less maintenance to worry about, you won't have to pay for replacement or for extra items like adhesive or cleaning tablets.
As you can see, the benefits of dental implants are undeniable. That said, they won't be right for everyone. To find out more about what this procedure entails, the cost, and the dental care required afterward, check out our comprehensive All-On-4 blog post. And of course, contact Pearl Dental Group directly to schedule a consultation or appointment.