While All-on-4 is an extremely effective treatment, it’s not the only treatment option available for patients looking to replace all of their teeth.
The table below outlines some of the main alternative treatments to All-on-4, as well as their suitability for tooth replacement in the upper jaw, lower jaw or both. We’ll explore each alternative treatment option in detail in the following sections of this guide.
Removable dentures are one of the more affordable tooth replacement options. And often, cost is the main reason why patients choose this option over All on 4 dental implant treatment.
However, it’s important to note that dentures are not an effective long-term solution for edentulous patients. Though they may replace the missing teeth, dentures do not replace the missing tooth roots. This means further jaw bone loss (and the complications associated with this) is inevitable.
STANDARD FULL MOUTH DENTAL IMPLANTS
Standard full mouth dental implants involve the placement of up to 8 straight implants in the jaw to hold a tooth bridge in place. Since the implants are placed straight, this treatment is only suitable for patients that have enough bone height and density to support the implants and tooth bridge.
If most of a patient’s teeth have a good prognosis, All-on-4 may not be the best solution. This is where a combination of treatments, such as single implants, crowns, bridges or implant-supported bridges may be recommended.
An overdenture is a removable tooth replacement option for those looking to replace the teeth in their lower jaw. Traditional denture wearers often find their lower dentures are more likely to slip and move than their upper dentures. Overdentures provide a more secure solution for the lower jaw.
An overdenture involves the placement of two dental implants at the front of the lower jaw which are topped with magnetic attachments. A denture fitted with locator magnets is then able to be clipped on and off the implants.
There is another alternative that we haven’t mentioned yet and that is to do nothing. Some patients with severely broken down or failing teeth may choose not to receive any treatment at all. Yet this option can be detrimental in a number of ways.
There are biological implications, such as losing the ability to eat and speak, and jaw bone loss which can affect your facial structure and cause your lips and cheeks to collapse inwards over time. Additionally, missing teeth can also have a devastating impact on your emotional and social wellbeing.
Patients who choose to do nothing should consider the negative impact of missing teeth and be aware of the complications that can follow this approach.