When it comes to replacing numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth or a full row of teeth, traditional partial and full dentures only restore those parts of the teeth visible in your smile. Implant supported dentures restore both the roots and crowns of missing teeth, but they aren’t always a great option for patients who have lost large amounts of healthy supportive bone and gum tissue. Luckily, there’s an innovative treatment that allows more patients than ever to receive an implant supported denture without the need for invasive preparatory grafting procedures. In this post, we’ll walk you through the differences between traditional implant dentures and All-on-4 to help you make an informed decision.
Traditional Implant Retained Dentures
Traditional implant retained dentures use four to six dental implant posts strategically positioned along the jawline to support the denture. These restorations can take a significant commitment of time, and they require patients to have a significant amount of healthy bone and gum tissue. Patients who don’t have adequate supportive structures to successfully complete an implant supported tooth replacement plan, can receive bone and/or soft tissue grafting to improve chances of successful dental implant placement.
All-on-4 Implant Dentures
All-on-4 implant dentures, as the name implies, use four implants to support a full denture. Unlike traditional implant dentures that rely on implants placed along the entire jawline, the All-on-4 method makes it possible for more patients than ever before to receive an implant supported denture without the need for advanced preparatory grafting treatments. Instead of placing the implant posts along the jaw, the dental implants are positioned into the naturally denser front part of the jaw. Two of the implants are placed vertically to support the front of the jaw, and two are placed diagonally from the back of the denture into the front of the jaw.
What’s Right for Me?
No treatment is right for every patient, so you’ll need to schedule a dental implant consultation with an experienced dentist. During a treatment consultation, your dentist can help you find the right tooth replacement option for your unique smile.
Meet Dr. Carollo
Your trusted Florham Park implant dentist, John A.Carollo, DMD, has years of training and experience that allow him to offer patients a wide range of dental implant tooth replacement options to ensure every patient receives the best dental restoration solution. If you want to learn more, please contact our team to schedule your tooth replacement consultation. Dr. Carollo and his team will walk you through all of your tooth replacement options, and help you pick the restoration option that fits your needs, delivers your results, and fits your budget.