Dentures vs All-On-4

What Is the Difference Between Dentures and All-On-4?

Patients who lost their natural teeth will find many different teeth replacement options nowadays. Some of these options are of a temporary nature, while others can provide a more permanent solution. Dentures and all-on-4 dental implants are probably amongst the most common of these teeth replacement solution, so let us have a closer look at each of these options to learn more about them.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are best described as replacement teeth, which can be put in and taken out again. Most patient will need some time getting used to dentures and they never feel like natural teeth. That being said, they are a viable replacement for natural teeth in patients who have lost most of their natural teeth.

There are different types of dentures as well, because some patients still have some of their natural teeth. Patient who still have some of their natural teeth can use a partial denture, while full dentures are used in patient who have lost, or are about to lose, all their teeth.

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How Do You Put Dentures in?

Dentures can be divided in two different parts, the flesh coloured acrylic part and the artificial teeth. The flesh coloured part of the denture is placed over the gums of the patient. However, a denture for the upper part of the mouth also covers the palate (roof) of the mouth.

The manner in which dentures are placed can also depend on the type of dentures you have received from your dentist. If you have a conventional full denture, the denture will only be placed in the mouth once the dentist has removed any remaining teeth and only when surrounding tissue had time to heal. However, an immediate full denture can be inserted immediately after the teeth of the patient has been removed. While this provides patients with immediate replacement teeth, the patient does have to visit the dentist again to reline the denture.

Last but not least, patients can also get a partial denture. The partial denture is a structure that rests on a metal framework, which is attached to your natural teeth. Some patients also choose to have crowns fitted on their natural teeth, which can be used by the dentist as anchors for the new denture.

How Long Before a Patient Gets Used to Dentures?

For most patients, it takes some time to get used to having dentures. It is common for a patient to be a little uncomfortable with their dentures for the first few weeks, but for most people, discomfort dissipates over time.

Regaining the function of the mouth through dentures happens gradually. Most patients who have acquired dentures may need a little practice before they can speak and eat with their dentures properly. The reason for that are the muscles and the tongue surrounding the denture, as these structures need some time to adjust to the new replacement teeth in your mouth and hold them in place properly.

Are Dentures a Permanent Teeth Replacement Solution?

Dentures can be considered as a permanent teeth replacement solution, but they will require maintenance over time. Dentures will need maintenance such as relining and rebasing, mainly because dentures get damaged over time. However, if you take good care of your dentures, you will be able to enjoy them for a long time to come.

How Do I Keep My Dentures in Good Conditions?

Keeping your dentures in good condition is quite simple if you follow some basic rules. First of all, whenever you remove your dentures, make sure you stand in a safe place where the dentures cannot fall on the floor; for example, patients can stand over a folded towel. If your denture should fall on the ground, it increases the chance of breaks, so be very careful when handling your dentures.

The second rule patients should follow is never to let their dentures dry out. Dentures should always be placed in a cleaning solution when you are not wearing them. If you leave your dentures to dry out, it could damage the material your dentures are made from.

All On 4 Dental Impants

Even though dentures are considered to be prosthetic teeth, you still need to maintain them as normal teeth, because hygiene is extremely important for patients wearing dentures. When you brush your dentures, make sure you remove all foods and plaque. Doing so will prevent the replacement teeth from staining, but also prevent infections from bacteria pile-up.

To make cleaning your dentures a little easier, you can obtain a special tool called the ultrasonic cleaner, which will ensure your dentures stay as hygienic as possible. That being said, patients do not have to buy expensive equipment to keep their dentures clean, just as long as they brush their dentures on a regular basis and ensure their mouth stays healthy, they will be able to enjoy dentures for a long time to come.

Last but not least, make sure you visit your dentist when you detect damage on your dentures. Even though the damage may seem minor, even the smallest scratch can cause a bacteria pile-up, which could have an effect on your oral health. Therefore, always book an appointment with your dentist as soon as you detect a problem with your dentures.

What Are All-On-4 Dental Implants?

All-on-4 dental implants are a more permanent replacement for natural teeth. Similar to dentures, they can replace some of the natural teeth you have lost, or all the teeth you have lost. However, all-on-4 dental implants are not exactly the same as dentures, because contrary to dentures, all-on-4 dental implants cannot be taken out, nor do they have to be put in by the patient.

Which Teeth Replacement Solution Should I Use?

The choice between dentures and all-on-4 dental implants is usually a case of personal preferences. Both teeth replacement solutions have their own benefits, so it is down to the patient to determine which option will benefit them the most. To learn more about dental implants, or for more information about replacing your dentures with dental implants, feel free to contact our Malo Clinic for more info.



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