This four-part article series takes a comprehensive look at the modern dental implant protocol able to give edentulous and near-edentulous patients a brand new set of fixed and non-removable teeth in as little as a single day.
Welcome back to our four-part article series on dental implants and how they offer an incredibly sophisticated, comprehensive and long-term solution to missing teeth. In our previous article post, the second installment of the series, the dentist in Arlington TX explained how the “All-on-4” dental implant protocol worked, as well as some of the key differences between it and traditional dental implant techniques. In this article, the third installment of the series, the dentist in Arlington will move on to explain how oral rehabilitation with the “All-on-4” affords edentulous (not having a single original tooth left) and near-edentulous patients a much higher quality of life.
Key Differences between “All-on-4” Implants and Removable Dentures
In our previous article post, the dentist in Arlington TX explained how the “All-on-4” technique worked. Essentially, to recap, it involves the placement of four dental implants in the jaw, which are subsequently used to support a fully customized and non-removable prosthetic dental bridge. The dental implants, explains the dentist in Arlington, provide all the support this bridge needs to function like a natural set of teeth; for eating, smiling and speaking. Many of the differences between the “All-on-4” and removable dentures arise from the fact that the former is permanently fixed in the mouth with dental implants, which are in turn ‘anchored’ in the jaw, whereas dentures are loose and rely on the gum-covered jaw bone ridge for support. Consequently:
- Removable dentures can shift around and fall out, causing acute social embarrassment and difficulty eating.
- Removable dentures exert pressure on the gums, causing inflammation, irritation, pain and discomfort for the patient. In fact, says the dentist in Arlington TX, after a few years of denture-wearing, the majority of patients prefer to eat without their teeth! This is a direct failure of the technology.
- Removable dentures require patients to buy adhesives and anesthetic gels to combat the above-mentioned problems. This is a repeated investment they will be required to make for a lifetime, or as long as they wear dentures, explains the dentist in Arlington.
- Removable dentures rely on their bulk to keep them stable. This can cause a number of problems for the patient, says the dentist in Arlington. It pushes on the lips from the inside causing unnatural (and aged) smile aesthetics. The bulkiness of dentures can also trigger the gag reflex and impede a patient’s ability to taste and enjoy their food properly, says the dentist in Arlington.
- Dentures can harbor food and bacteria causing bad breath and poor oral hygiene.
- Removable dentures compromise 75% of your bite functionality, says the dentist in Arlington TX! After 15 years of wearing dentures, patients lose 97% of their bite strength, which not only limits their diet severely, but also causes malnutrition in the elderly.
Because the bridge used in the “All-on-4” is supported by dental implants:
- It cannot shift around or fall out.
- It does not cause any pain, discomfort or inflammation of the underlying soft tissue.
- It feels entirely comfortable to eat with, says the dentist in Arlington TX.
- It does not require patients to constantly stock anesthetic gels and adhesives.
- The construction of the bridge is much slimmer and so it doesn’t tend to cause problems such as gagging and taste impediment, explains the dentist in Arlington.
- The “All-on-4” promotes the health of the underlying jaw bone and relies upon this hard tissue for all the support necessary for eating (as is the case with natural teeth.) As such, explains the dentist in Arlington TX, the “All-on-4” bridge supports a strong and fully functional bite, enabling patients to eat a balanced healthy diet without compromise.
- Owing to the slim construction of the “All-on-4” bridge and its tight fit against the gums, it cannot harbor food and bacteria.
Dentist in Arlington TX: Stay Tuned
To find out how the “All-on-4” dental implant technique is capable of providing patients with a brand new set of teeth in as little as a single day, with a single surgery, stay tuned for the final installment of this four-part article series.