The thought of having to go through life without teeth is difficult to come to terms with. Looking in the mirror will never be the same for some people. However, the development of dental technology has made it possible for individuals to lead fulfilling lives with artificial teeth. Two such options to regain chewing and speaking functionality, in addition to facial structure, include dentures and All-on-4® treatment. Both are great options for different individuals. Many people are familiar with dentures and their benefits, but here are three reasons to also consider All-on-4®.
When you go the route of dentures, there are molds that have to be taken and shipped off to a lab in order to make your customized set of teeth. The procedure for All-on-4® can often be done in a single office visit in just a few hours, and your teeth can be used right away. There is little to no waiting required. A prosthesis is often implanted first with a more permanent one placed later.
A Permanent Solution
All-on-4® is called such because it uses four titanium implants that are set in the jaw. The artificial teeth attach to these anchor points and do not move. Because the anchor points are embedded in bone, the prosthesis functions and moves just like your natural teeth.
Use them Like Your Natural Teeth
Many people understand all of the maintenance that comes along even with the highest-quality dentures. They need to be removed, cleaned, and soaked in a special solution nightly. All-on-4® function just like your natural teeth. There are no restrictions on what you can and cannot eat. You can even clean them like your normal teeth. A good brushing and flossing routine will go a long way.
Dr. Jean-Claude Kharmouche, your periodontist in Gainesville, VA, can tell you more about dentures and All-on-4®. Each treatment option is perfectly suitable for different individuals, so it is important to consider the advantages and disadvantages of each. For more information, give us a call at (703) 951-6756.