Dr. Nugent, How is the All-on-4 different from a denture?
The All-on-4 Dental Implant Protocol provides patients with new teeth that do not come out. The teeth are firmly fixed in place, and look, feel and function like natural teeth. The all-on-4 utilizes digital X-rays and computer modeling to plan optimal dental implant placement BEFORE the surgery. This allows Dr. Nugent and his oral surgeons to know exactly where the dental implants will go. Thus, the complete replacement teeth can be made ahead of time.
A denture or partial denture is a removable appliance that is taken out after meals to clean and must be taken out at night. Patients hate having to take their teeth in and out of their mouth.
Furthermore, a denture just rests on the gum tissue and is not fixed in place. Old fashioned dentures will often slip and fall out with normal use. A multi-billion dollar market for denture adhesives developed to try to hold old fashioned dentures in place. Even with messy adhesives, patients find that eating, laughing, physical activity, and talking can be a challenge with old fashioned dentures.
Dr. Nugent offers the All-on-4 dental implant procedure. This gives patients solid non-removable teeth that are strong and robust.
The All-on-Four dental implant procedure allows patients to bite with much greater force than dentures. In fact, the all-on-4 prosthesis almost achieves the same pounds per square inch chewing forces of natural teeth. Chewing forces are transferred directly to the bone rather than the gum tissue as with dentures. Patients eat any food they want and are not limited to soft diets.
Dr. Nugent, do I need to replace every missing tooth with an implant?
Every situation is different and will be evaluated by Dr. Nugent and his Oral Surgeons. For multiple missing teeth one can replace the teeth one by one with dental implants. Also, Dr. Nugent can replace multiple missing teeth with a dental implant bridge. The dental implant bridge can help lower the total cost of treatment because fewer implants are needed. For patients missing all their teeth then as few as two dental implants can be used for a dental implant denture. This is an economical way to replace all of a patient’s missing teeth. With four dental implants Dr. Nugent can give patient’s a non-removable prosthesis with the All-on-four dental implant procedure.
The all-on-four dental implants procedure allows Dr. Nugent to completely restore all of the upper and lower teeth with the least amount of dental implants. The dental prosthesis used in the all-on-four is fixed. This means it does not come in and out.
Advances in dental X-ray imaging technology allow Dr. Nugent and his Oral Surgeons to readily identify the exact spot for dental implant placement. Dr. Nugent’s team will use 3-D digital images and advanced computer software to “digitally” plan your surgery beforehand. This translates to a faster more accurate procedure.
Because the All-on-4 procedure is less invasive and takes less time, Dr. Nugent’s patients recover faster. Patients are allowed to eat a light meal the evening of the implant surgery.
Deer Park, Texas residents prefer the all-on-4 dental implant treatment over old fashioned dentures for a myriad of reasons. First, League City patients understand the dental implants prevent bone loss because the dental implant stimulates bone. The dental implants are secure in the bone and serve as an excellent foundation for the dental prosthesis. Chewing forces with the all-on-4 dental implant technique are almost as great as natural teeth. League City patients can speak, eat and laugh without worrying about a lose and unstable denture.
Dental Implants are a true passion of Dr. Nugent. He has helped residents of Pasadena, Deer Park, Friendswood, League City, La Porte, Clear Lake, Pearland and Houston Texas regain their lives with the use of dental implants. Experience makes a huge difference in dental implant outcomes. See why Dr. Nugent has been voted Best Dentist multiple times. Visit us at 3421 Burke Rd Ste A, Pasadena, Texas 77504.