Are Dentures Really Enough For You?Monday, April 11th, 2016
Let’s imagine for a moment that you have lost every tooth in your mouth.
What would you life be like? How would your life be different?
Now imagine that you have a choice to get traditional dentures or All-on-4 implant-supported dentures. Which would you choose? How would you decide?
If you aren’t sure, that’s OK. We will be using this post to explain the differences between life with traditional dentures and life with All-on-4 dental implants.
We believe that our dental patients in and around Danville, IL, deserve the best quality of life they can have. That’s one of the reasons we offer implant-supported dentures, like All-on-4, at Advanced Smile Arts.
There’s a good chance that you know someone who has lost all of his or her teeth already.
According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 23 million Americans have lost all their natural teeth, and another 12 million are missing one complete row of teeth.
In either case, this makes biting and chewing food much more difficult.
And many of us don’t consider the emotional impact of losing our teeth. Smiling is an important part of who we are as people.
Many people feel embarrassed or ashamed with they lose a few teeth, much less every tooth in their mouths. You can’t really show off your pearly whites if you don’t have any pearly whites left to show.
A vast majority of those 35 million Americans who are missing at least one row of teeth get dentures, according to the American College of Prosthodontists.
But dentures don’t really solve all the problems that come from losing your teeth.
Modern dentures do look more natural, so your smile can look normal. That is certainly a benefit.
But traditional dentures also are known to come loose. This can happen while you are eating. This can happen when you are speaking to someone. It can even happen if you laugh at a joke.
Why is that? Well, denture adhesives only help so much, and no adhesive lasts forever.
Traditional dentures rest over your gums. Even with adhesives, they are not held firmly in place.
This has a tremendous effect on your bite force. A human who has all of his or her teeth has a bite force between 200 and 250 pounds.
Multiple studies have been done to compare the bite force you have with dentures. One recent study published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation found that people with dentures only had one-fifth or one-sixth the bite force of people with all their teeth.
That means the maximum bite force of someone with dentures was around 50 pounds. That may explain why biting into an apple or chewing a bite of steak or fried chicken becomes so difficult.
The All-on-4 Difference
Dental implants are titanium cylinders that replace the roots of your missing teeth. Dental implants are placed directly into your jawbone. This way they provide a stable and sturdy foundation for your dentures.
One of the innovative developments in the use of dental implants is the All-on-4 procedure. By carefully and strategically planning the placement, you can have more than adequate support with just four dental implants.
With this technique, two of the implants are placed vertically, and two are placed at an angle in your jaw. Using fewer implants can help you in a couple ways. By using fewer implants, you will save money, and you will save time.
In fact, with All-on-4, we can place a temporary set of dentures on the same day as your implant procedure. That evening, you will see how much your bite force has improved.
After you have healed from your procedure, we will place your permanent dentures on your All-on-4 implants.
By then, you’ll know that you don’t have to worry about your dentures coming loose or falling out. Just as important, you will be able to eat anything that you would like.
Crisp apples, chewy steaks, and crunchy cookies can all be back your menu when you have All-on-4 implants.
And the added support and stability can improve your comfort and your confidence in professional and social situations.
What Will You Decide?
If you already have dentures or you may need them in the near future, then you should understand their limitations. In either case, we would be happy to discuss All-on-4 or our other dental implant options to help you find the best solution for you.
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