Dentures have been a great replacement for missing teeth for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Over time, they’ve evolved, using better materials and fitting more perfectly into patients’ mouths. Despite these great changes, though, there are a few features of dentures that are not so great, and they are unavoidable because of the way dentures work. Those drawbacks include the fact that they need to be periodically replaced. On top of not being permanent, they also have issues with fit over time, because your mouth changes as you age. Luckily, there are alternatives available with modern dental technology, including all-on-4 dental implants.
Advantages to All-on-4 Implants
Implants are permanent, which is the first and biggest advantage over dentures. They aren’t removable, and they don’t have an expected replacement date. They can be damaged, but barring damage they will be permanent. That means you won’t have to worry about those costs coming around again, and you also won’t have to plan extensive visits for refitting. They can also be placed quickly, the procedure has a short recovery time, and the teeth feel natural in your mouth. Other advantages include:
Are You a Candidate for Implants?
Most patients who are able to get dentures can qualify for implants, but you’ll need an appointment with the dentist to make sure. At that consultation, you’ll learn more about implants and how they work, and you will have a chance to review any possible complications with Dr. Crandall to see if we can make implants work for your total teeth replacement solution. Contact our office in Pittsburgh, PA to set up an appointment!