All Teeth Missing
We’re living longer than ever before, and keeping our teeth safe can be difficult. Our teeth deteriorate at the same rate as the rest of our bodies. Over time, they lose their protective enamel coat, which breaks and causes cavities. Our supporting bone structure, which holds our teeth in place, often deteriorates. For several people, these damages add up and result in tooth loss. In the end, many people prefer to have all of their teeth extracted rather than deal with another infected or broken tooth!
Depending on your time and budget, there are many options for replacing your missing teeth. Dentures, dental implants, or a combination of the two are all choices for replacing missing teeth. If you lose all of your teeth, you have a few options:
- All-on-4 teeth
- Full dentures
- Overdentures or snap-on-dentures
- No replacement
- Full mouth dental implants
Complete Teeth Replacement
Traditional full dentures are made from a gum-colored acrylic base that has a full set of prosthetic teeth. They’re held in place with a combination of natural suction and denture adhesive and need to be removed and cleaned each day with special products.
It typically takes several months to make a set of initial dentures. First, impressions are taken of your existing teeth. Next, after your extractions are done, you’ll have the option of using immediate, temporary dentures while you fully heal. Then your permanent dentures can be made.
Implant-retained dentures are very similar to full dentures but are held in place by implants instead of adhesive. This gives them superior chewing power, stability, and overall function. In many cases, a denture can be anchored with just 2-8 implants per arch.
Permanent Teeth Replacement
The All-on-4 is a hybrid denture that is held in place by four implants. Both the upper and lower arches can be replaced with it. Since this All-on-4 is a permanent solution, it is therefore easier to manage. You should handle your new smile as though it were your natural teeth. Only the dentist has the ability to remove the prosthesis.
All-on-4 is less expensive than repairing an entire arch with several single implants. The recovery is therefore faster due to the reduced number of rods. Continue reading to learn more about All-on-4 dental implants, including the procedure, benefits, and potential issues.
Your dentist is the best person to tell you if All-on-4 dental implants are right for you. In general, the All-on-4 solution is recommended for people that are missing all of their teeth on one arch or who have teeth that are damaged beyond repair.
The method can also be used if the patient has suffered from bone loss. The architecture makes it possible to use less bone to help the reconstruction. In fact, All-on-4 often necessitates additional bone reduction to make room for the prosthesis.
If you’ve been wearing conventional dentures for a while and aren’t happy with them, the All-on-4 might be a good upgrade. Modern prosthesis can be uncomfortably bulky for certain mouths.
In a nutshell, the advantages of All-on-4 include increased flexibility and comfort, lower costs, and the elimination of the need for bone augmentation procedures.
If you’re undecided and you just need to get rid of those painful rotten teeth, you can still have your teeth extracted and replace them with normal dentures.
If you’re thinking about getting implants, don’t put it off any longer. People who have all of their teeth extracted will lose bone mass. Later on, getting implants without bone to position them in will be difficult. Delaying care may often result in more costly bone grafting and a less satisfactory end result.
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