Replacing Dentures

Can All-On-4 Replace My Dentures?

Patients looking for tooth replacement solutions often end up with dentures or dental implants. However, not everyone gets along with dentures, mainly because they can get loose and need to be taken out on a daily basis. If you are looking for a permanent tooth replacement solution, dental implants or all-on-4 may be advised depending on your jawbone volume.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants can be seen as some of the most advanced solutions for missing teeth, whether the patient is missing one or several teeth. The dental implant will be the foundation of your new tooth/teeth, and therefore functions as a tooth root. In most cases, this tooth root is made from titanium or a similar metal.

The materials used to create dental implants will depend heavily on the procedure, so the dental implants used for All-On-4 are not necessarily the same as implants used during a normal dental implant procedure. Most dental implants implemented in the jawbone will be made of a high grade titanium, or an alloy of titanium with additional aluminium or vanadium for more strength and resistance.

Crowns will consist of a different material than the actual dental implant, considering this part will be visible. Many crowns used during a dental implant procedure are made from a ceramic material, which have a look that is close to the look of normal teeth.


Why Do Patients Need Sufficient Bone Volume for Dental Implants?

In order to take advantage of dental implants, patients must have sufficient jawbone, because jawbone will be the foundation of your dental implants. When there is insufficient jawbone, dental implants may not fuse properly with the jawbone, or may become loose because of the unsteady foundation. Therefore, patients who want to go for normal dental implants need to have sufficient jawbone for the procedure to be successful.

Are There Ways to Acquire New Jawbone?

When a patient with a low amount of jawbone wants to take advantage of normal dental implants, the patient will need to consider one of two options. The first option is the All-On-4 dental implants, a procedure that makes it possible for patients with low bone volume to still acquire dental implants. A second alternative is a procedure called bone grafting, which is used to replenish missing jawbone.

Unfortunately, bone grafting procedures can be quite expensive and lengthy. The procedure is not only used in dentistry, but general surgery as well. Bone grafting can replace missing bone, which could repair complex bone fractures. Of course, it is also a common procedure to restore the bone volume in the jaw of patients who have suffered tooth loss.

In some cases, bone grafting is not necessary to benefit from a dental implant procedure, for example dental implants implemented with the All-On-4 technique. The All-On-4 procedure could prevent people from having to undergo lengthy bone grafting procedure and still obtain permanent teeth.

Is Getting Dental Implants Painful?

As is the case with the majority of surgical procedures, most patients experience some discomfort after the procedure, considering the area where the implants were inserted still has to settle. It will also take some time before a patient is fully used to having the implants in their mouth.

In addition to discomfort, patients may also experience some degree of swelling. The swelling tends to subside over time, but patients should keep an eye on the area until the healing process is complete. If swelling or discomfort should increase without any reason, be sure to contact your dentist as soon as possible for a follow-up appointment.

How to Maintain Permanent Replacement Teeth and Dental Implants?

The maintenance of your dental implants and replacement teeth is quite similar to that of normal teeth, but there are two crucial differences patients must be aware of. First of all, dental implants will attach themselves to surrounding jawbone and the gums and the materials used to make replacement teeth are different from normal teeth as well. However, if patients take into account the following cleaning and maintenance rules, dental implants can last for many years with little to no problems.

all on 4 implant schematic

Be Aware of Infections

The biggest enemy of your dental implants and replacement teeth is infection. Therefore, brushing and flossing your implants becomes equally as important as brushing and cleaning your normal teeth.

When dental implants and replacement teeth have been inserted, bacterial biofilm can appear, just as it does on natural teeth. When that biofilm is not removed on a daily basis, patients can develop an infection better known under the name peri-implantitis, or inflammation of the implants. If the condition is left untreated, dental implants may fail. In some cases, patients may also suffer a further loss of jawbone.

Visit Your Dental Hygienist Regularly

Brushing and flossing your replacement teeth daily is important, but just as important is visiting your dental hygienist on a regular basis. By visiting your dental hygienist for a regular check-up, your hygienist can make sure your new teeth and gums stay free of infection. He or she can also execute a professional clean, which includes removing biofilm, foods and hard residue from the teeth and implants.

To professionally clean replacement teeth, dental hygienists need to use special tools that will not damage the crown, abutment or the dental implant. The hygienist must also check for damage such as scratches and cracks, since these are places that bacteria may start to accumulate.

Cleaning Aids

Cleaning dental implants requires a little more effort and some special brushes. To ensure you keep your dental implants clean, make sure you acquire dedicated dental care tools such as interdental brushes, dental floss and soft picks. If you are unsure where to obtain these cleaning.



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