Dental Dentures

All-on-Four an Alternative to Dentures

Dentures are often recommended as the treatment of choice to people who are missing several teeth. They have several advantages over other dental treatments like traditional implants, which require more time consuming and invasive work and are more expensive. 

However, a system is available that combines dentures and dental implants. It can be more affordable and convenient — all-on-four implants.

Benefits of All-on-Fours

As their name suggests, this treatment involves the use a limited number of implants (usually 4 or 6) to replace missing teeth. All-on-four implants are evenly distributed along the dental arch — and because the implants are securely inserted into the jawbone, the dentures are held securely in place.

This system has several benefits over traditional dentures. First of all, with the implants acting as stabilisers, the dentures stay in place — so there is no need to fiddle with adhesive or get the right gum suction. 

Because the dentures are securely attached to the jaw bone, you can eat, chew, and speak normally without having to worry about a denture coming loose.

Another benefit is that these implants are a permanent solution and will last a lifetime if you care for them as instructed by your dentist. This also means that in the long run, implants are much more cost-effective than simply having dentures, which need to be replaced every few years.

Keeps You Looking Younger Longer

Not only that, but all-on-four implants can make a dramatic difference in how your face looks. Tooth loss causes jaw bone reduction, since missing tooth roots can no longer stimulate the bone. Over time, this can make your cheeks look sunken and make you look older than you really are. 

Wearing a denture can help counter the jaw bone loss process, but only to a certain extent. All-on-fours are much more effective at stimulating the jaw bone and giving your face a fuller and more youthful look.

You’ll Have Your Ideal Smile Quickly, Effectively

Lastly, these implants can be fitted without undergoing bone graft surgery, which is sometimes needed if a patient does not have enough bone left in their jaw. As a result, this treatment eliminates the need for invasive dental work and helps you achieve your ideal smile faster, as it skips a stage that is often very time consuming.

Moreover, this treatment can be done on both upper and lower arches and is highly effective, as its success rates are in the region of 99.8%. With these implants, you can be confident that you will achieve an attractive smile and regenerate jaw bone with almost no risk of failure or complications.

Your First Few Weeks with New Dentures

Getting used to new dentures may prove difficult, especially if it is your first time to use them. While they are specifically designed to replicate the original dental function, they will never be able to provide you that natural feel. This is the main reason using them can be awkward at first.
denturesFor starters, using new dentures is basically learning to talk and eat all over again. We have listed down the tips that will make the adjustment period a lot more bearable.
Curbing Salivation and Pain
Dentures are technically a foreign object in your mouth. As such, your mouth will likely produce more saliva than usual. At times, you may experience mouth sores. To cope with these changes, rinse our mouth with a warm salt water solution. Wearing them may be painful, but the discomfort will go away once you get used to it. If it stays painful over the weeks, chances are your dentures are a bad fit.
When Experiencing Speech Changes
You may feel that your mouth is full of something. This sensation may alter the way you speak and pronounce words for some time. You may even feel that your voice is much louder than usual. Do not stress this out. It is normal. What you need to do is speak slowly until you get used to your dentures.
Choosing Your Food
Eating and drinking will certainly feel weird. To prevent any inconveniences, we recommend that you only eat soft and non-sticky food. Soup, yogurt, boiled potatoes are all permissible. Avoid chewing gum at all costs.
Taking Care of Your Dentures
Take care of your dentures the way you take care of your real teeth. Just like natural teeth, dentures become vulnerable to damage if you do not clean them properly. Other than brushing them, put them in a glass of cleaner overnight.
These are only some of the things you need to know about living with dentures for the first time. Read up on our blogs for more dental health tips.