This article, part 1 of 3, explores the advantages of oral rehabilitation with the All-on-4 protocol over traditional teeth replacement technology; removable dentures.
Millions of people struggle with the crippling challenges and repeated expenses associated with removable dentures or, as they are colloquially known, false teeth. While this technology has long been the solution to rampant tooth loss and edentulism (not having a single original adult tooth left), they do come hand-in-hand with many challenges that have a significant impact upon one’s social confidence, bite functionality and smile aesthetics. In this three-part article series, we shall be comparing the teeth replacement solutions provided by removable dentures with those of the revolutionary All on Four in Houston: a dental implant protocol used for the replacement of a patient’s entire set of missing and failing teeth. Armed with this greater awareness, patients can then make the investment necessary to dramatically improve their quality of life with the superior teeth replacement solutions provided by the All on Four in Houston.
The All on Four in Houston Versus Removable Dentures: Bite Functionality and Comfort
Removable dentures consist of a bulky plastic structure that is fabricated to resemble a complete set of teeth. It fits over and rests upon the gums, palate and underlying jaw bone ridge, upon which it relies for support. Additional peripheral mass called ‘flanges’ are used to stabilize the denture in the mouth. As a result of all this:
# Dentures can shift, move around and even fall out!
# They apply pressure to the underlying soft tissue (gums) causing pain, inflammation and sores that aren’t given a chance to heal.
# They don’t permit patients to eat certain tough and chewy foods.
# They feel like a foreign object in the mouth, resulting in an inescapable feeling of self-consciousness, especially when eating with friends and family.
# Dentures impede one’s sense of taste and can even trigger the gag reflex.
The All on Four in Houston is a surgical placement protocol that involves the permanent attachment of a customized and non-removable prosthetic dental bridge to, as the name suggests, four dental implants in the mouth. As such:
# The bridge cannot move around or fall out and because it is placed permanently in the mouth, it feels natural and comfortable.
All on Four
# The All on Four in Houston reaps all the support it needs directly from the jaw bone, just like natural teeth. So it feels comfortable and doesn’t cause any damage to the surrounding hard and soft tissue in the mouth.
# The All on Four in Houston enables patients to bite down with increased force, permitting them to eat all the foods they love but previously couldn’t enjoy with removable dentures or multiple missing teeth.
# Owing to the smaller size and fitted nature of the dental bridge used in the All on Four in Houston, it does not impede taste sensation, nor does it trigger the gag reflex.
All on Four in Houston: Stay Tuned…
In our next article installment, we shall be looking at the difference between the smile aesthetics achieved by removable dentures versus that of the All on Four in Houston.