When you need a full mouth restoration due to lost teeth, there are a few options available. Traditional dentures are a popular choice due to the affordable price tag, but dental implants are the premium option due to their natural function and appearance. Implant supported or secured overdentures are another option, but many require 5-8 implants per arch. All-on-4 dental implants are a hybrid option that offers a combination of dentures, implants and overdentures with many advantages over other options.
Four Implants Per Arch
Using only four dental implants to secure each arch of prosthetic teeth is a definite advantage. All-on-4 dental implants use a specialized technique that allows only four implants to support a full arch. This is beneficial for patients who may not have enough bone density to support several or more implants. It is also a quicker and less expensive procedure.
The All-on-4 dental implants use a hybrid denture for replacing the upper and lower arches, but it is different than a traditional denture. The upper denture does not cover the roof of the mouth, for a more natural feel and appearance.
Teeth in a Day
In some patients, the dental implants and new smile can be completed in one day. All-on-4 dental implants are often called “teeth in a day,” as patients can receive provisional prosthetic teeth the same day as their implants. Unlike some overdentures that take a few months for the implants to heal before they can be connected, All-on-4 does not require significant time without teeth.
Affordable New Smile
While All-on-4 dental implants are more expensive than traditional dentures, they do not cost as much as a full mouth reconstruction with implants. Reducing the number of implants needed can also reduce the cost.
Retain More Bone
One of the benefits of any dental implant restoration is stimulation of bone in the jaw. Compared to dentures alone, All-on-4 dental implants help patients retain more jawbone and improved facial structure for a more youthful appearance.
All-on-4 dental implants are a very popular option for our patients who are looking for a new smile that looks and feels more like their natural teeth. To learn more about All-on-4 dental implants and all our restorative dentistry options, contact us at Optum Dental Arts in Tampa, FL.