Traditional dentures take a notoriously long time to get used to. Thankfully, if you’re missing most or all your teeth, they’re not your only option for a full smile anymore! With All-On-4 implant dentures, you can regain a complete smile that looks, feels, and functions just like natural. While you’ll still need to take some time to get used to All-on-4 implant dentures, you can expect a much shorter and easier adjustment period compared to traditional dentures! Read on to learn more about living with your brand-new smile.
All-On-4 Implant Dentures Vs Traditional Dentures
Traditional dentures rest on top of the gums to replace your missing teeth. They’re held in place with natural suction, which is created by the close fit of their base and the surface of the gum ridge. This suction plus a bit of denture adhesive can help keep traditional dentures in place, especially as you first get used to them. However, it can take 30 days or more to get used to traditional dentures, and many patients find the process frustrating and embarrassing.
All-on-4 implant dentures practically eliminate all the shortcomings of traditional dentures thanks to their unique placement. As their name suggests, this type of denture is held in place with four precisely positioned dental implants, which are anchored directly into the jawbone. Not only does this give the implant denture unmatched stability and functionality, but it stimulates the jawbone to prevent deterioration.
What to Expect with All-on-4 Implant Dentures
Another unique feature of All-on-4 implant dentures is that patients can often have a denture placed the same day as their dental implant surgery. When you walk out of your implant dentist’s office with your brand-new dental implants and dentures, here are a few things you can expect during recovery:
- Adjusting to eating: Since getting dental implants is a minor surgical procedure, you’ll need to start off eating soft foods and taking small bites, similar to learning to eat with traditional dentures. However, as you heal and begin to feel more comfortable, you can begin eating harder and crunchier foods. Most patients are back to enjoying a full diet within a month with All-on-4 implant dentures, while those with traditional dentures may take much longer than a month to achieve a limited diet.
- Adjusting to speaking: Unlike traditional dentures that can slip around in the mouth or pop out of place, All-on-4 implant dentures are secured firmly in place. They will stay right where they’re supposed to as you smile, talk, and laugh throughout the day. Most patients require no extra time to adjust to speaking with All-on-4 implant dentures.
- Adjusting to cleaning: With traditional dentures, patients need to learn an entirely new at-home oral hygiene routine, complete with taking the dentures out, cleaning them, and soaking them every night. On the other hand, All-on-4 implant dentures can be cared for just like natural teeth so no adjustment period is needed.
All-on-4 implant dentures offer a shorter, easier adjustment period and longer-lasting results than traditional dentures. Talk to your implant dentist today to see if they’re a good choice for you!
About the Practice
A Lakeside Daytona Dentist, we’re proud to offer the highest quality tooth replacement options available for the smiles of Daytona Beach and the surrounding communities. Our highly trained and experienced dentists are able to perform every step of the dental implant treatment process right here in our office, saving you the time, money, and hassle of seeing an outside specialist. We’ve helped countless patients rebuild their smiles and replace their traditional dentures with All-on-4 implant dentures, so contact us online or give us a call at (386) 274-2021 to learn more!