Royal Oak and Birmingham, MI
Dentures have been around for many years. It’s an affordable tooth replacement option that patients often choose when they no longer have healthy teeth. Dentures have come a long way in recent years and tend to look more natural than what you’ve seen in the past. However, just because dentures are a viable option doesn’t mean it’s the best option for you. Today on the blog, Detroit implant dentist Dr. Nancy Hartrick shares what to do if you don’t want to wear dentures but need a tooth replacement option.
The downsides to dentures
While dentures are generally affordable, they don’t always function or look the best. Dentures can be uncomfortable to wear and affect your speech and ability to chew food well. Additionally, dentures that are worn on the upper dental arch or the maxillary cover the soft palate, which affects the ability to taste food and detect the temperature of foods and beverages. Dentures can be made to look quite natural, but those results depend on the dentist you choose, as well as the lab making your dentures. It’s for these reasons that many people explore other tooth replacement options for their smile needs. If you need complete tooth replacement but don’t want dentures, consider the All-on-4 implant system.
Dental implants are becoming increasingly popular due to their durability, longevity, and look, feel, and function like natural teeth. One of the most significant benefits of dental implants is their permanency, which means they don’t come out once installed. There’s no worrying about your dental implants slipping or feeling uncomfortable because they will become part of your body just like your teeth once were.
It’s easy to care for dental implants. You simply brush and floss around them like you would have your teeth. In fact, it is crucial to brush and floss daily to prevent gum infections that could hinder your implant’s success. While it is rare, dental implants can fail but usually due to lack of care. Additionally, our Detroit implant dentist, Dr. Hartrick, recommends that even if you have dental implants and no more natural teeth, you still should receive dental checkups and cleanings twice a year.
Another benefit of implants is that, unlike dentures made for the upper dental arch, implants do not cover the upper palate of the mouth. This means you can taste your food better than you would with dentures. Plus, you can detect temperature changes in the mouth, like when sipping on hot tea or coffee or eating a hot bowl of soup.
Patients with dental implants appreciate how natural their new teeth look. The crowns on top of implants are made to look completely natural. With the All-on-4 implant system, the crowns are fused together, although designed to still look like separate teeth, and special material is used to mimic the look of your natural gum line. The implants themselves are embedded into the jawbone and aren’t seen once the final restoration is placed.
How does the All-on-4 implant system work?
Getting All-on-4 dental implants is simple, and the process takes place in one day! So, whether you’re ready to upgrade from dentures or you’ve got teeth that need extracting, the process can be done in a day. Impressions and digital images are taken, which are used to make your permanent replacement teeth. Dr. Hartrick places the implants into the jawbone. It takes approximately 2.5 hours per dental arch to place the implants. During this time, your replacement teeth are made by our trusted dental lab and then returned to our practice later that day. Then, the permanent teeth are put into place, and the procedure concludes. Minor adjustments may be necessary to ensure your bite feels comfortable.
Am I a candidate for All-on-4?
Most healthy individuals that either wears dentures or have irreparable teeth in need of extracting are candidates for the All-on-4 implant system. Even if you’ve been told that you aren’t a candidate for traditional implants, the All-on-4 system may still work for you because it utilizes shorter implants placed in the front part of the jaw where the bone is denser. It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene to avoid gum disease and implant failure. The best way to know if you are a candidate for the All-on-4 system is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hartrick.
Implant Dentist in Royal Oak, Birmingham, and Detroit
The All-on-4 implant system is one of the best ways to restore your smile without resorting to dentures. Implants are designed to outlast dentures, which often have to be replaced every decade or so as the jawbone changes shape, and the dentures no longer fit as well as when they were new. If you’d like to learn more about dental implants, please call Hartrick Dentistry at (248) 549-0950 to get started.