The Pros and Cons of All-on-4 Implants vs. Partial Dentures
Have you lost a significant number of teeth to periodontal disease or trauma? You have replacement options with All-on-4 dental implants vs partial dentures, but these two methods differ considerably. The dentists at Pearce Dental Group in Cincinnati discuss the advantages and disadvantages of All-on-4 implants vs. partial dentures.
As the name suggests, All-on-4 implants replace teeth on the upper or lower jaw with only four implants. It is an effective and less costly alternative to conventional dental implants.
The All-on-4 implant procedure takes advantage of healthy bone. These permanent implants may last one to two decades.
Partial dentures consist of replacement teeth attached to a plastic base the same color as the gums. Generally, at least three adjacent teeth are missing for a dentist to recommend a partial denture as a solution. Patients opting for partial dentures usually do not have sufficient teeth for a bridge. Partial dentures are removable and are generally taken out at night.
Pros and Cons of All-on-4 Implants
One of the great advantages of All-on-4 implants is that patients can go home with a great new smile in one day. Unlike conventional implants, All-on-4 implants seldom require bone grafting because the implants are placed in areas with denser bone.
In addition, patients with All-on-4 implants need never worry about their teeth slipping. They can chew all of the foods they enjoy. Cleaning All-on-4 implants is similar to brushing and flossing natural teeth.
On the con side, All-on-4 implants are more expensive than partial dentures. However, they are not as costly as traditional implants. The All-on-4 procedure is also more invasive compared to partial dentures.
Pros and Cons of Partial Dentures
Partial dentures do not cost as much as All-on-4 implants. Patients with partial dentures find that not only is eating easier, but speech improves.
Unlike All-on-4 implants, partial dentures cannot replace an entire upper or lower set of teeth. There’s a learning curve to removing and inserting the denture. A partial denture requires daily removal for cleaning purposes. With partial dentures, patients still have to be careful about eating foods requiring substantial biting strength, such as steak or corn on the cob.
Contact Pearce Dental Group
If you need to replace several teeth, contact Pearce Dental Group in Cincinnati to discuss your restorative dentistry options, such as All-on-4 dental implants or partial dentures. Call (513) 651-0110 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Troy Pearce, Dr. Jim Simpson, or Dr. Sheri Crawford today.