All-On-4 Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Even though traditional dentures and all-on-4 dental implants offer similar results, it's important to know the differences so you can make an informed decision about which one is the best fit for your life.
Pros of All-On-4 Dental Implants
- Natural feel. All-on-4 dental implants are widely considered to be the most natural-feeling tooth replacement option. This is because they are permanently implanted in the mouth, which means that they do not move around like traditional dentures can. This added stability and security can make all-on-4 implants feel more comfortable and natural to wear.
- Strong material. All-on-4 dental implants are made from a very durable material, which makes them exceptionally long-lasting. Research has shown that with proper care, these implants can last for 20 years or longer. This makes them a reliable and long-term solution for tooth replacement.
- No diet restrictions. Seriously, none! You can eat all of your favorite foods again with comfort and ease. The only recommendations we make for all-on-4 implants are the exact same ones we make for natural teeth, like no chewing ice.
- Not removed from the mouth. Unlike traditional dentures, which can sometimes slip or fall out, all-on-4 implants can give you peace of mind. Once they are in place, you can forget that they are not your real teeth.
Cons of All-On-4 Dental Implants
- Difficult to clean. Although your new all-on-4 dental implants cannot get cavities, it is still important to maintain good oral hygiene to keep your gums healthy. This may include brushing and flossing regularly, as well as using a water flosser to help clean underneath the arch of your new teeth.
- Requires maintenance. Even with all-on-4 dental implants, it is still important to visit the dentist regularly for checkups. During these visits, your dentist will examine your implants to make sure they and your gums are in good condition.
- More expensive. It’s true, full mouth dental implants are the most expensive option for teeth replacement. However, the cost equates to the quality. The quality of all-on-4 dental implants is vastly better than traditional dentures and the implants will last much longer. Additionally, there are many financing options that can make them more affordable.
Pros of Traditional Dentures
- Least expensive. Traditional dentures are the expensive tooth replacement option – at least at first. Dentures require lots of maintenance, and repair, and need to be replaced every 7-10 years.
- Can look nice. Dentures can look very nice. They can vastly improve the aesthetics of your smile.
Cons of Traditional Dentures
- Difficult to eat with. Since they are not securely fixed in place, they can move around a lot when you bite and chew. This can be uncomfortable and may cause some patients to avoid eating their favorite foods.
- Loss of taste. Since dentures cover the roof of your mouth, it causes a reduced sense of taste. In addition, it can also cause a reduced ability to sense temperature. This can cause you to possibly burn yourself because you can’t tell that food is too hot.
- Gum and bone loss. Over time, you will see significant gum and bone loss supporting the mouth. This causes skin sagging, facial drooping, and the appearance of premature aging.
- Bulky. Many denture wearers complain that they feel bulky in their mouths. This causes them discomfort whenever their dentures are in
- Need repair. Dentures are not made of a super durable material like all-on-4 dental implants are. This means that they will need many repairs due to accidental damage and normal wear and tear.
What is the Difference Between Dentures and All-On-4 Dental Implants?
All-on-4 dental implants differ from traditional dentures in several ways. They tend to be more comfortable, durable, and functional for eating, but they usually come with a higher price tag. However, at our office, we absolutely believe that the benefits of all-on-4 implants are worth the cost, as they provide a more secure and long-lasting tooth replacement solution. If you have any questions about these options, feel free to reach out to our office for more information.Contact Us