If you’re in need of dentures in NYC, Tribeca Dental Studio offers you a variety of options. All-on-4 is the most popular of our full-arch teeth replacements, but our multi-specialist team will help you find exactly the right solution for your unique needs. Implant-supported dentures can be all-on-4, all-on-6, or all-on-x. We also offer zygomatic implants for patients with significant bone loss, partial dentures, and very simple conventional dentures. For dentures or all-on-4 in NYC, we can take care of you every step of the way.
It isn’t just your grandparent’s dentures anymore—you have a lot of choices! So let’s dig into what all that means, shall we?
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Also sometimes called permanent dentures, implant-supported dentures are a full-arch teeth replacement attached to dental implants. Titanium screws act as roots to hold and support these dentures. No clicking, clacking, or slipping. They’re fixed to your jaw and act just like teeth. You brush them just like teeth. There are a few types of implant-supported dentures, including:
- All-on-4: Four standard dental implants are surgically placed into each of the two alveolar bones to support the dentures.
- All-on-6: Six dental implants support the dentures. This offers more support for the prosthesis and stimulation for the jawbone, but not everyone is a candidate. It depends upon existing bone structure and other factors.
- All-on-x: This is the same as above, but with any number of implants other than the usual four or six.
- Zygomatic implants: Some patients with excessive bone loss in their top arch can benefit from these longer titanium implants which we place in the zygomatic bone instead of the alveolar bone.
Note: All-on-4 has also become somewhat of a catch-all term for implant-supported dentures in general, so you may see it used in reference to dentures on any number of implants (4, 6, or other).
What Are Conventional Dentures?
Conventional dentures are removable full-arch teeth replacements that rest on the gums. Patients remove them at night to soak them in cleaning solution and place them back into their mouth in the morning. You’ve likely known a family member with this type of denture, as it was the only option until fairly recently.
Conventional dentures remain popular due to their relatively low cost. There is also no restriction on how much bone structure a patient must have to be a candidate for conventional dentures.
What is a Partial Denture?
Partial dentures represent something between full-arch dentures and a bridge. You may be missing teeth, but not all of your top or bottom teeth. They likely aren’t all in a row, or you’d be a candidate for a bridge. A partial denture can replace any combination of teeth on the same arch–three top right molars and both top left premolars, for example.
Partial dentures are removable, like conventional dentures. But a partial tends to be more stable than full dentures, thanks to the remaining natural teeth anchoring it.
All-on-4 vs Conventional Dentures
You and your care team at Tribeca Dental Studio will decide based on your lifestyle and needs which choice of dentures is best for you. That said, any patient who can receive implant-supported dentures is generally best-served to do so. When we compare the All-on-4 family of teeth replacements to conventional dentures, we see the following benefits:
- Jawbone stimulation: The implants interact with your jawbone in a way that prevents bone loss. Without tooth roots or implants creating everyday pressure on the jawbone, the bone tissue will eventually resorb.
- Facial structure: When jawbone tissue resorbs, this bone loss eventually leaves a sunken looking face, characteristic of toothlessness.
- Permanent: Conventional dentures must be remade periodically. This is because they don’t prevent bone loss, and the shape of the jawbone changes over time as bone tissue resorbs. Implant-supported dentures are typically one-and-done.
- Cost: While all-on-4 is significantly more expensive than traditional dentures, you only have to bear the cost once, as opposed to once every 7 to 10 years. You also won’t have the regular expense of specialized supplies, as patients with conventional dentures do.
- Stability: Implant-supported dentures don’t click when you talk or slip while you’re eating. They’re fixed in your mouth and do not move.
- Low maintenance: No taking your teeth out and soaking them on the bedside table. Simply brush and floss. Your flossing technique will look a little different, but we can help!
Get All-on-4 Dentures in NYC
Book an appointment with Tribeca Dental Studio today to learn more about teeth replacement options including all-on-4, conventional dentures, and partial dentures. The multi-specialist team in our Lower Manhattan office will help you decide what’s best for you and see you through the entire treatment process.