The Beauty of All-On-4 Dentures
A new, beautiful smile in just one day! Maintain optimal oral function and aesthetics with All-on-4™ same-day teeth replacement. Using state-of-the-art technology, All-on-4 treatment replaces traditional dentures, which can be uncomfortable, inconvenient, and poorly fitted. All-on-4 turns problematic chewing and speaking into relics of the past.
Using only four dental implants to attach a full dental restoration, your doctor can give you the stable, functional, and cosmetic solution you've been looking for with All-On-4 dentures. Best of all, your dentures can be placed on the same day as your implants, so you don't have to wait to get the restored smile you deserve.
What are All-On-4 Dentures?
All-On-4 dentures are a set of dental implants used to replace the entire upper and lower set of your teeth. They are designed excellently to mimic real teeth which allows patients to carry out all oral activities they would with their natural set of teeth. All-On-4 denture implants are a strong, permanent, natural-looking, and excellent alternative to dentures.
Dental implants typically have a small titanium screw implanted into the patient's jaw by the prosthodontist. This screw is given a small time so that bones would grow around it and give it a firm fixation. After, the prosthodontist screws a single artificial tooth to the screw on each gum, which is dramatically different than the process for All-On-4 dentures where you do not have to fix all of the lost teeth individually.
During the process of installing All-On-4 dentures, the prosthodontist surgically inserts four titanium ‘bones’, or posts, into your jaw as the main base. Four dentures are then attached to each of the four titanium posts. This process offers a perfect and natural dental look across the entire mouth. Once the procedure is completed, All-On-4 dentures will then stay in your mouth permanently all while looking like your natural teeth as well as acting as your natural teeth would with any oral activities.
Dentures are typically described as replacement teeth that are removable. Traditionally, there are two types of dentures: full and partial.
Full dentures are given to patients when all of the natural teeth have been removed. Conventional full dentures are placed after the gum tissue has healed, which can take several months. Immediate full dentures are placed immediately after the teeth have been removed and may require frequent adjustments during the first couple of months of use. Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame that is connected to your natural teeth and are used to fill in where permanent teeth have been removed. Partial dentures are considered a removable alternative to bridges.
The Downfalls of Traditional Dentures
Traditional dentures are often a great solution for many individuals, but truthfully, they’re not for everyone. There can be quite a few disadvantages and adverse side effects that come along with dentures, especially due to the fact that more often than not, dentures may require one or multiple teeth extractions for use.
- After receiving dentures, there is an adjustment period that can be quite uncomfortable. During this time, it is not uncommon that the individual with new dentures develop mouth sores until their dentist is able to make the proper adjustments for the dentures to fit better.
- Though they are an improvement to having a toothless smile, traditional dentures do not tend to look as natural as other dental solutions.
- The require consistent upkeep. Dentures have to be removed from the mouth and cleaned on a regular basis which can be a messy process, and over time gets expensive to keep up with.
- Difficulty eating and speaking. At times, dentures can slip around in your mouth which causes difficulties eating and talking.
- Dentures have a few strict rules that need to be followed that may be seen as a concern or inconvenience to many. They cannot be used to eat certain foods, sticky foods, or items that are difficult to bite such as corn on the cob or apples. They cannot be worn at night while sleeping, and they come with an increased risk of gum disease due to the possibility of food being trapped within the dentures.
- They are ‘short term’. By this, we mean they need to be replaced completely ever 3 to 6 years. They are also quite fragile and can break, meaning you may need to replace them even more frequently.
The Beauty and Benefits of All-On-4 Dentures
- Because All-on-4 allows full-arch restoration with only four implants, your treatment and recovery time are greatly reduced.
- All-on-4 lowers the need for bone graft surgery while ensuring greater stability in the existing bone. It can even be used for patients who have been told they do not qualify for implants due to bone loss.
- The All-on-4 solution is more comfortable than traditional dentures because All-on-4 implants are more secure and feel like natural teeth.
- You'll never have to worry about your false teeth slipping or falling out while you eat or engage in conversation.
- There is no need for denture adhesive!
- With proper care, they last for 20+ years.
- They look and function just like your natural teeth would.
- Eliminates health concerns related to missing and damaged teeth.
- They give you the beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of, and the confidence you deserve!
All-On-4 Dentures at Your Bellevue Prosthodontist
At Washington State Prosthodontics and Dental Implant Center, we have the top prosthodontists in the area that are experts in performing the well sought after procedure of installing All-On-4 dentures. We give our patients hope that their dental problems can be corrected. Many people come to our office defeated and insecure due to the condition of their teeth and smile and haven’t found a functional solution from their general dentists. We give our patients renewed confidence and assurance that yes, something can be done, and we will be there to help, every step of the way. If you’re considering getting All-On-4 dentures, take a look at our smile gallery to see real life examples of the All-On-4 treatment, and give us a call today to schedule a consultation!