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Full Arch Treatment Options

Option 1: Mini Implants Overdenture (Removable)

Advantages

  • Improves stability and functionality to 60% compared to natural teeth
  • Relatively inexpensive tooth and gingival replacement
  • Provides lip support
  • Easy to clean outside of mouth

Disadvantages

  • Uncomfortable – may cause sore spots on gum tissue
  • Remove and clean denture outside of mouth
  • May still move when chewing or speaking
  • Will require relines and modifications as bone deteriorates

Option 2: All-on-4™ Implant Fixed Bridge (Permanent)

Advantages

  • Improves functionality to 90% compared to natural teeth
  • Eliminates need for bone grafting
  • Provides healing bridge day of surgery; never without teeth
  • Replaces roots and teeth
  • Removes all gum and bone disease
  • Preserves bone and soft tissue
  • Never decay – 95% success rate over 30 years
  • Natural-looking and customizable esthetics
  • Allows you to eat the foods you want
  • Able to clean fixed implant bridge like natural teeth
  • Dentist can remove bridge yearly for cleaning and health check

Disadvantages

  • Time (healing and restorative)
  • Surgical procedure

Caring for All On Hour Implants: A Few Tips

Congratulations on choosing all on four implants! That decision will serve you well for a long time. Along the way, you will discover that keeping the implants clean is much easier than other alternatives to natural teeth. Here are some tips that will help you keep those all on four implants in top shape.

Brush and Rinse As You Would Normally

The nice thing about all on four implants is that you don’t have to take them out for daily cleaning. You can use toothpaste to brush them just as you once did with natural teeth. That same all on four solution allows you keep on using your favorite mouth wash to rinse once a day. If you are concerned about the brush scratching the bridge, your dentist can recommend the best choice for toothbrush designs, up to and including the bristles.

Kick Those Bad Habits

Many of the habits capable of damaging real teeth could cause harm to the all on four replacements. For example, chewing on ice could lead to cracks of chips. If that happens, the bridge would need to be removed and repaired. That can be expensive. Break this and other bad habits now, and your all on four implants will last for decades.

Remember to Come in for Cleanings Once or Twice a Year

It’s true that the all on four implants are not real teeth. Even so, you do need a professional cleaning at least once a year. Assuming there is no damage to the bridge, it can remain in place and the cleaning will be a lot like the process used to clean natural teeth. If there is damage, be prepared for the dental team to remove the bridge and attempt repairs.

Ask your dentist for more ideas about cleaning and taking care of those new all on four replacements. You’ll find that many of the suggestions will be easy to manage and don’t require any additional time in the morning or after meals. With a little effort on your part, they will look great from year to year and provide excellent service.

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