Anti All on 4
All on 4s are the latest fad for replacing several missing teeth. Advocates claim they are better than dentures and less expensive than implants, making them your ideal choice. Please be aware of dentists who try to push the procedure without informing you of the drawbacks. There are many reasons to be anti All on 4.
What are All on 4s?
All on 4s are a way to replace any amount of missing teeth. The manufacturer calls them “All on 4” because a full mouth of teeth can be replaced using four bridges and eight implants. A dental implant is a small screw-like post that is placed in the jaw, acting like a tooth’s root.
All on 4s are not removable like traditional dentures, and fewer implants are needed than replacing teeth one at a time. It is easy to put a positive spin on the procedure, but when you inspect the details, it makes more sense to be anti All on 4.
Why should you be Anti All on 4?
All on 4s get advertised as a permanent and lower cost option to replace many teeth. However, there are many problems with the procedure. The first reason to be anti all on 4 is the amount of support given to your teeth. Eight implants are supporting what an entire mouth of tooth roots used to support. This means that if one implant fails then the whole mouth fails, making All on 4 a very risky procedure.
The next reason to be anti All on 4 is the maintenance needed. Quality is compromised to keep the price down. There are high maintenance costs due to constant breaking. Since the All on 4 procedure involves inserting eight new implants, you also run the risk of pulling out perfectly healthy teeth to install these implants and make room for new teeth.
Finally, we will look at the price. All on 4s are much cheaper than replacing an entire mouth with individual implants, but much more expensive than traditional dentures. It is important to look at the following factors when choosing your tooth replacement technique:
- How many teeth need replacing?
- What is your budget?
- What are the results you desire?
- Can your teeth be restored?
What are the alternatives to All on 4?
If you decide you are anti All on 4, Dr. McCauley offers several options. The treatment he suggests will depend on the condition of your teeth. Some teeth may be restored using crowns, veneers or bonding. Other teeth may be replaced using dental implants. Maybe traditional dentures are right for you. To get a free consultations call Dr. Mark C. McCauley at 561-272-8555.