Whilst dental implants are already quite popular today, the All-on-4 dental implant system is now increasing that popularity further. The All-on-4 implant uses a combination of dental implants and fixed bridges to give you a whole mouth full of beautiful looking teeth replacements. Because the All-on-4 system uses only four dental implants instead of implants for every tooth in the mouth, they're easier to install. Are they right for you? Ask yourself the questions below to get the answer.
1. Are Your Dentures Constantly Shifting?
Many All-on-4 patients have trouble with dentures because they just can't keep them in place well enough. Whilst dentures are made to conform to your mouth using natural suction, that doesn't always work. Any time that teeth are removed from the mouth, the tissue in that area will shrink slowly over time — and this can make for poor denture fit. That's why many dentures wearers have to get denture relinings every few years. If you're tired of dealing with denture relining — and your dentures don't feel like they fit well anyway — All-on-4 might be a great solution for you.
2. Do You Want Dental Implants But Can't Afford Them?
Full mouth dental implants can be quite costly because every tooth in the mouth needs its own unique metal support system. Each support system is installed in the jaw and then topped with individual prosthetic teeth. Whilst this makes for a natural looking and lovely smile, it may drive the cost completely out of your budget range. The All-on-4 system is less expensive because it uses only four implants combined with custom bridges.
The All-on-4 implants are installed in key places in your mouth — the areas where they'll provide the most support for the bridges. The fixed bridges are made from moulds of your mouth and will thus look just as natural as the dental implants do. They'll blend in seamlessly, and will be bonded together for a perfect fit. This gives you the same aesthetic and functional benefits as a full mouth of dental implants at a much lower cost.
3. Can You Make a Commitment to a New Dental Care Routine?
Most patients who need a full-mouth teeth replacement solution have neglected their dental care in the past, whether knowingly or unknowingly. Teeth are often removed due to periodontal disease — something that can be prevented with good dental care. Whilst it's too late to keep your natural teeth, it's never too late to preserve your gums and jaw bone. In fact, keeping your gums and jaw bone healthy is very important in maintaining dental implants and fixed bridges.
You'll need to commit to brushing quite thoroughly twice a day, as well as a careful flossing. Whilst food debris can't hurt your prosthetic teeth, it can do considerable damage to your gums and eventually the jaw bone underneath them. As long as you can care for your All-on-4 system daily, it's a great option for replacement teeth.
If you can say "yes" to any of the three questions above, All-on-4 might be the dentures and full-mouth dental implants alternative you're looking for. For more information, contact local professionals like those found at Emergency Denture Repairs.