If you are missing teeth, you know that it can greatly affect the way you feel about your smile. On top of that, it can also come with some other pretty significant problems. It can affect your speech, the way you are able to eat your food and even change the shape of your mouth. 

But when you find yourself looking into options to restore your smile after missing teeth, you may come across a variety of replacement options, and that may seem overwhelming. This can be especially true if you thought that your only option would be traditional dentures. 

But with the help of your local Lindale dentist, the decision can become a lot easier.

Especially with the technological advances within dental practices, your smile can be more amazing and look more natural than you ever thought possible. 

So what are the differences between the All-on-4 implant procedure that you tend to hear so much about and traditional dentures? Is one preferred over the other? We are here to give you all the information you need to make an informed decision to get your smile looking its best!

What are Traditional Dentures?

When we talk about traditional dentures we are referring to the dentures that you probably think about in your head when the word denture comes to mind. They will have replacement teeth placed onto an acrylic base that matches your gums. 

Dentures can be made as either a partial or a complete set. If you still have remaining teeth that are healthy, you may be able to have a partial denture. The partial denture has a framework that attaches to your healthy teeth around it and your new teeth will fill the void and leave you with a new smile. 

While the partial is held in place by the framework, most complete dentures are held in place using suction, and this is something that many people do take a while to get used to. Both types of dentures are removable options. 

What are All-on-4 Dental Implants? 

All-on-4 Dental Implants are not like traditional dentures because they are not a removable option. There is also not a partial option like with dentures. They are designed to replace an entire arch of teeth. 

If they aren’t removable how exactly do they stay in? Well, they are surgically implanted into your jawbone with 4 titanium implants for each arch. Once these titanium implants are inserted, your new dentures are securely attached on top of the implants. Allowing them to feel close to your gumline like your natural teeth would. 

What are the Main Differences?

While both dentures and the All-on-4 dental implants are great options for replacing your missing teeth, there are major differences in how they can help you. And which one can work better for you can also depend on your specific needs and wants. 

With the All-on-4 option, you will not have to deal with adhesives to hold down your new teeth. Dentures do require these. All-on-4 implants will be held in place permanently by your titanium implants. You also will not have to worry about taking them out at night or other times. There is also no slipping around during talking, eating, or other movements with your mouth. You have a permanent set of new teeth. 

All-on-4 dental implants are also much more comfortable on your gums than dentures. Traditional dentures will rest directly on your gums, which can be painful or even cause sores in some cases. Dental implants, are secured in the mouth and do not rub and cause discomfort. 

Despite the drawbacks when compared to implant options, traditional dentures are still a very popular and effective solution to replace your missing teeth. And they allow you to eat, speak, and function as you did before. The dentures that are available are greatly evolved over what was available years ago. 

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Are you ready to get back the function and beauty of your smile? The specialists at The Center for Implant and General Dentistry can help you decide which solution is best for you. 

Whether you want the stability and long-lasting nature of the All-on-4 dental implants or the removability of traditional dentures, we can help you get your smile back to looking its best. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation, (903) 231-6605.