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Oct
28

What is the Difference Between All-on-4 Dentures and Implant-Retained Dentures?

Posted in Dental Implants

Put simply, implant-retained dentures are removable while All-on-4 dentures are not.

Both of these dental prostheses have revolutionized the very idea of false teeth. Traditional dentures need regular adjustment to compensate for the way they cause changes to your mouth. The end goal of implant-supported denture options is the same: to prevent bone loss and to promote a high-quality standard of living. By utilizing implants to support prosthetic teeth, you can smile with confidence and enjoy the foods you once did before with natural teeth. The ways these two different prostheses are designed and cared for, however, are what make up the differences.

All-on-4 Dentures

These dentures are permanently secured to four optimally placed implants. This means that they do not need to be removed for cleaning in a denture solution, but rather are cared for much in the way that natural teeth are. They need to be flossed and brushed daily, and you still need to keep a regular schedule of dental hygiene appointments for specialized cleanings.

Implant-Retained Dentures

These dentures are supported by several implants, but are suited with attachment parts allowing them to snap on and off. The way these dentures are cleaned is similar to the way regular dentures are cleaned. They should be removed at night, and you would pay special attention to cleaning around the implant abutments themselves when the denture is out.

Both kinds of dentures will help to maintain a healthy amount of bone that gives your face its shape. The implants prevent the dentures from wearing on the gum tissue and underlying bone.

If you are ready to move on from traditional dentures, ask your dentist how you can determine which implant-supported denture solution is right for you.

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Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 888-3384

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