When you lose your teeth as an adult, you may find it challenging to perform simple daily tasks like chewing and speaking properly. Luckily, there are a number of solutions that can be offered to patients who are missing their teeth. Dentures, implants and dental bridges are three of the most common solutions. Each can be used in a number of ways, but what if we took all the best elements of each and brought them together? There is also another method, called the “all on 4” that gives patients the best of all worlds.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to one or more missing teeth. Dental implants are the most secure solution to missing teeth. Unlike dentures or dental bridges, dental implants are anchored into the jaw. Dental implants can last nearly an eternity and are a cost-effective solution.
Regular dental implants are designed to replace single teeth in the jaw. Each implant is drilled into a hole and emerges as a single replacement tooth. On the other hand, “all on 4” implants are a permanent system where all teeth are supported by four or more implants on the upper or lower jaw. This solution is ideal for any candidate who has lost all their teeth and has healthy bones. “All on 4” implants marry all the best elements from dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants.
Dentures: Arguably, the best part about dentures is that they are relatively easy, and they replace all the teeth at once. The downside of dentures is that they are not permanently adhered to the mouth, may not fit and look the best and are susceptible to fall out.
Dental Bridges: Dental bridges are a fixed solution to missing teeth. Dental bridges bridge the gap created by a missing tooth or teeth. Typically these bridges are attached to healthy teeth on either side of the gap. Alternatively, a dentist may recommend adhering the dental bridge to a dental implant instead.
Dental Implants: Dental implants are titanium roots placed into the jaw. The bone heals and adheres to the implant creating a strong permanent bond. The metal top of the implant is topped with porcelain-made, realistic appearing tooth. These can last over many years in the mouth if taken care of properly.
All on 4: “All on 4” dental implants have the permanency of regular implants, the same adhering technology as dental bridges, as well as good function and incredible esthetics. Truly offering patients the best of each device.