There are many drawbacks to using dentures as a replacement for missing teeth. Dentures often feel wobbly and can cause some discomfort when you eat or drink. Dental implants are a newer and better alternative to dentures.
Implants go beyond just the aesthetics and provide more extensive repair and restoration to the underlying bone structure. When teeth fall out, and the roots are pulled out of the gum, the supporting bone will start to decay. Bone loss can lead to changes in the facial structure such as deep facial contours and jutting chin. People who lose all their teeth may suffer such severe bone loss that dentures will not be an option for them.
Losing a tooth and its root leaves a hole in the gum where bacteria can quickly enter and cause infections. Gum and periodontal diseases usually follow teeth loss and exposed gums. Acting as a synthetic tooth root, dental implants seal off the hole and block infection-causing bacteria. They also preserve the jaw bone and maintain the facial structure while providing a solid biting foundation.
The All-on-4 is an innovative surgical technique that involves the placement of titanium implants in the mouths which serve as anchors for a full dental bridge. The bridge is usually supported by 4 implants – 2 anterior and 2 angles posteriors – hence the name. All-on-4 significantly reduces overall treatment and recovery times since each of the tooth is not secured by an implant. Your dentist can also install temporary provisional teeth the same day, enabling you to regain the look and function of natural teeth immediately.