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Implants, Overdentures, and All-on-Four®: What's the Difference?

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If you suffered from premature tooth loss, you have likely researched teeth replacement options and how a traditional denture or removable dentures can help you. Over the past few decades, there have been significant advances in the field of dentistry that provide predictable, long-term solutions with the use of dental implants. Today, there are so many options available; it can seem overwhelming when trying to determine which one is right for you.

Our doctors at Maidu Dental in Auburn, CA, place and restore dental implants and personalize each treatment plan to meet the needs of every individual. Today, we will discuss three primary teeth replacement options: dental implants, overdentures, and the All-on-4 treatment concept.

About Dental Implants

A dental implant is a small, threaded titanium post, which is used to replace the root of a missing tooth. This post is placed directly into the jawbone during a surgical procedure.

During the healing process, dental implants fuse to the jawbone during a process called osseointegration. Because of this fusion, implants are strong, resilient, and are currently boasted as the most successful teeth replacement option currently available. In fact, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance.

Dental implants are versatile in their use and can receive new life with crowns, bridges, and dentures. The method of restoration will entirely depend on the specific needs of the patient.

Those who are missing a single tooth will only require one dental implant, which remains completely achievable with a dental crown that completes your smile.

Overdentures: Removable Full-Arch Replacement

Sometimes referred to as implant-supported dentures, overdentures are a more stable, modern version of regular dentures. While conventional dentures rest solely on the gum tissue and the underlying jawbone, overdentures remain anchored by dental implants.

Such a feature makes them removable dentures instead of relying solely on suction or an additional adhesive and much less prone to sliding off when the patient speaks or laughs.

Depending on retention needs, the denture can rest on two to eight implants per arch. Overdentures are still removable for easy cleaning. However, they can “snap” onto the implants for maximum stability and security, thus we call them snap-on dentures.

Patients who are missing most or all of their teeth are usually excellent candidates for overdentures. However, there is a certain amount of jawbone tissue required to support an overdenture. In order to for a dental implant to be successful long-term, the bone tissue must completely surround the anchor piece.

Therefore, patients who have suffered extensive bone atrophy may not qualify for this type of teeth replacement option.

Depending on what the patient ultimately requires, we could recommend:

  • Fixed Implant-Supported Overdenture. These overdentures are not removable and will remain in the patient's mouth until a dental health professional removes them, providing you with a permanent solution.
  • Bar Retained Implant-Supported Overdentures. We install a set of bars where your overdenture can clip on. You can remove these during your dental hygiene routine and sleep time.
  • Ball Retained Implant-Supported Overdentures. This variation offers a change in the retention method by using a ball-shaped implant that could be easily replaced whenever necessary.

How Much Does an Overdenture Cost?

Well, that's never an easy answer. Many factors will affect the final price of your treatment. Some overdentures may cost up to $25,000.

We highly recommend you talk to a specialist or well-known dental health professional as Dr. Luminita Markham to verify what is necessary for your case as the retention method and materials used will greatly impact the final cost of treatment.

All-on-4: Fixed Full-Arch Replacement

The All-on-4 concept is a revolutionary method that offers full-arch replacement on just four implants. Designed to maximize the existing jawbone tissue, this technique first requires placing the implants at strategic angles. Typically, two straight implants go at the front of the jaw, and two implants stay firmly anchored at an angle in the back of the jaw.

Because of this positioning, patients who do not qualify for overdentures may be excellent candidates for All-on-4 treatment. One of the most significant benefits of the All-on-4 treatment is that the restoration can typically be connected to the implants on the same day as your implant surgery.

Find Out More About Your Dental Implant Options

Whether you are missing a single tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch of teeth, dental implants could be the solution for you. To determine a treatment plan that will address your specific needs, schedule a consultation with one of our doctors. You can call our office at (530) 823-8771 or contact us online anytime.

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