Serving Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN
Are you living with tooth loss? According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 3.75 percent of American adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have lost all their teeth. Those percentages increase for senior citizens. Whether you have been living with significant tooth loss, your teeth have been declared “hopeless,” or you are a current denture wearer who has become dissatisfied with your dentures, your Nashville implant dentists at Devine Dentistry are happy to inform you that you have other options. Implant dentures and the All on 4 system both represent a significant upgrade over traditional dentures. Let’s take a look at these two treatment options, and the advantages of each.
The big difference between implant dentures and All on 4 is the number of implants you may need
All on 4, which you also might have seen referred to as “teeth in a day,” is used to replace an entire dental arch of missing teeth. This single unit of replacement teeth is permanently anchored by four dental implants that provide support. With All on 4, you never have to worry about taking them out to clean, or for any other reason since they are permanently anchored to implants.
Implant dentures also rely on dental implants as a means of anchoring the dentures, but may entail needing more than four implants to make sure the new dentures have enough support. Implant dentures, although crafted as a single unit of replacement teeth, can be removed for cleaning or soaking overnight.
Healing time may vary
The healing time for implant dentures may vary, depending on various factors. However, healing time could take anywhere between 5-7 months, possibly longer if you have to receive bone grafts or additional procedures.
Placement of the All on 4 implants, however, do not require any healing time before completing installation because shorter implants are used, and are placed at an angle in a denser area of the bone structure. With the All on 4 procedure, the implants and your permanent replacement teeth will be placed in the same day.
Implant dentures are an upgrade, but still less convenient than All on 4
No matter what type of denture you receive, if you choose to go that route, you still will have to remove the dentures at least once per day to clean them. These regular cleanings are crucial, as plaque and bacteria can build up on the dentures, or accumulate at the gum line and encourage the proliferation of gum disease, which still could occur even if you don’t have any teeth.
With the All on 4 system, however, your replacement teeth are permanently fixed in the mouth. Maintaining them is as easy as brushing and flossing regular teeth. And, with good maintenance, the All on 4 implants should last the rest of your life.
Replacing missing teeth in Nashville
When you consider all the factors, you can see that implant dentures and All on 4 treatment both represent two of the finest options available for patients who have experienced significant tooth loss in Nashville. Choosing the right treatment for you is a personal decision that you should make in consultation with an experienced implant dentist. At Devine Dentistry, we have a wealth of experience working with implant dentures and All on 4 in Nashville. For more information on any of these treatment options, call our Nashville office at (615) 269-4209 to schedule a consultation.
Devine Dentistry serves patients in the areas of Belle Meade, Green Hills and Nashville in Tennessee.