All on 4 Vs Dentures
All on 4 vs dentures is a question we here often. The all on 4 (AO4) is the trademark dentists give to dentures that attach permanently to your jaw by four implants. Dentists often use the same acrylic, the same as traditional dentures. All on 4 consists of a denture that the dentist attaches to at least four dental implants, however there can be more than four implants. These hybrid dentures are permanent and only a dentist can remove it.
Traditional dentures typically rest on the gums and are not as secure, so there is a chance that eating and talking could cause your dentures to fall out of your mouth. It often takes quite a bit of time to get used to eating with traditional dentures. A traditional denture tends to cove a larger surface area of your mouth and may alter the taste of food.
Timing of All on 4 Vs Dentures
The process for traditional complete dentures can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months after tooth removal. We can place dentures in your mouth immediately, however those require adjustments after the swelling from teeth removal surgery. In most scenarios, we consider these immediate dentures a temporary solution until your full dentures are ready.
The All On 4 takes about 6-8 weeks of preparation before your surgery. The day of your surgery, we remove all your teeth and screw in temporary acrylic teeth. After that, the All on 4 will require around 6 months to ensure that the implants are healing properly and to make sure there are no signs of infection. At that point we begin the 2 month process of making your final AO4 denture.
Benefits of All on 4 Vs Dentures
You clean the all on 4 dental implants in a similar fashion to your natural teeth. Plus you don’t have to remove them before bed like traditional dentures. You do not have to worry when you are eating because you will have a more secure bite with the AO4. All on 4 does not require you to purchase cleaning solutions, adhesives, and other extras that are one uses with regular dentures.
AO4 implants promote better jaw bone health and can actually slow and/or stop the progression of jaw bone loss. Perhaps one of the best benefits or advantages of All on 4 is that the dentures do not rest on the gums like traditional dentures, which causes mouth sores and all-around discomfort.
Costs of All on 4 Vs Dentures
Traditional dentures cost less up front than an All on 4. Dentures cost around $2,000 or more per plate and $4,000 or more for a complete set. However, since dentures actually accelerate bone loss and get loose over time, you will need to replace or reline them. They will often need to be remade after a number of years. You will also have to pay for routine upkeep like cleaning solutions and adhesives.
All on 4 costs around $20,000 per jawline and will preform much more natural. The AO4 will not cause the same discomfort traditional dentures cause on a day to day basis. Additionally, you can eat more of the foods you enjoy with confidence that the Ao4 will not fall out.
All on 4 with Bauer Smiles
For more information on what All on 4 can do for your dental health or if you have any questions about AO4, contact Bauer Smiles today at 630-665-5550.