It is unfortunate when patients have to visit a dentist in a desperate attempt to find a solution towards the inevitability of losing most of their natural teeth. Dentists who see that the patient stands to lose most, if not all, their original teeth, usually turn to the most obvious and traditional solution, which is the traditional dentures.
The reality of traditional dentures
Dentures have been around for many years now, and yet as a long term solution it falls short in every aspect. They may be a cheap solution, but dentures will never make you look good, they never fit well, don’t last long, everyone who gets close enough to look at you eat or talk will know that you’re wearing dentures. The fact that it’s cheap means that it’s just that, cheap, meaning that it won’t be a long term solution to replace all your lost teeth.
Why dentures fail
Though a technological marvel when first invented, the shortcomings of dentures have been overlooked for so many years because nothing better could replace it. Instead, dentists and orthodontists attempted to solve denture’s shortcomings with short remedies that did nothing to improve the denture’s overall performance. Dentures are only held in the mouth by passive retention. When dentures are made, dentists take impressions of the mouth and the dentures are fabricated precisely to fit the gums. The only real thing that holds down (or up) dentures are adhesives or pastes to keep them in place the whole day. However, even with adhesives, dentures tend to flop around.
A revolution begins with All on 4
All on 4 or Ao4 is a revolutionary procedure to replace a full set of teeth that is reliable, won’t flop around, and even when someone lifts up your lower or upper lip, they will think that you have a healthy set of teeth, and not dentures. Ao4 is an advanced dental procedure that uses specially designed dental implants to firmly anchor the new replacement teeth.
Why All on 4 succeeds where dentures have failed
Ao4 is a surgical procedure as the final option for people who have lost the majority of their teeth. The surgical technique involves the exact placement of titanium implants in the mouth that act as permanent anchors for a full dental bridge. The four dental implants that give support to the bridge is what also gives the technique its sobriquet.
Because the Ao4 only requires 4 dental implants, the procedure only needs minimal overall treatment time and reduced recovery time. On the day of the implant placement the dentist can install temporary provisional teeth that looks and functions like natural teeth and can make you actually bite into food and have a good smile. Healing period is usually pegged at 3 – 6 months.
The cost of Ao4 is usually between $14,000 to $18,000 plus. Ao4 treatments should carry some form of warranty and most dental clinics and dental spas have patient payment plans.
In the greater Atlanta area, a buckhead dentist has been doing an excellent job in mouth reconstruction at affordable prices.