All on 4 Teeth Implants vs Dentures in Thailand
Your teeth (and your smile) are perhaps the most important part of your appearance. Many of us brush our teeth daily, thinking that it would be adequate, and few of us actually go the extra mile to ensure that our teeth are free of tartar and plaque through flossing. This can eventually lead to plaque and tartar that build up that eventually erode away our adult teeth. If you’ve lost most of your teeth due to a lack of proper care, there are only two routes that you can take to restore that perfect smile.
Dental implants are gaining popularity in Bangkok as more people start to lose their teeth in their later adult years. This is partly due to the high sugar content in the typical Thai diet, which results in an increase in tooth decay.
What are the options for you if you are among those unfortunate enough to land in this situation? In Thailand, most people would consider either the All on 4 or dentures. What are the differences between these 2 types of replacement teeth? And what is the cost involved? We will delve into these and other questions below.
In Bangkok, These 2 types of replacement teeth are the most popular, but even though they sound similar, they’re actually quite different in practice. Below, we’ll give you a detailed explanation of each teeth implants so you can make an informed decision the next time you’re considering them in Thailand.
All on 4 Dental Implants
These implants are made up of artificial teeth roots that are usually made from a corrosion-resistant metal known as titanium. It’s a specially blended metal that is often chosen for medical use because of its strength, lightness, and corrosion resistance. Most importantly, titanium bonds remarkably well with bone. That is why All on 4 dental implants can be attached to the jawbone safely and securely. Once securely installed, the All on 4 dental implants can act as a strong support for other artificial teeth where your dentist can use either a bridge, crown, or denture to fill in the gaps between the dental implants.
Unlike traditional implants, where an implant can only support one single tooth, All on 4 dental implants, as the name suggests, uses four implants to form a strong anchor within the mouth for other artificial teeth in both the upper and lower rows of teeth.
Thanks to the use of titanium, they will fuse with the jawbone over time, forming a very strong support for your artificial teeth. Therefore, once All on 4 dental implants are installed, they will be able to keep your entire row of artificial teeth in place permanently unless they suffer damage in an accident or sports injury. However, these dental implants can be easily replaced later if the need arises.
Before you are considered for the procedure, your dental surgeon would typically run a series of CT scans to evaluate your teeth to deem if they would be suitable for All on 4 dental implants. Your dentist will then have a detailed consultation on your suitability for the procedure, in which they will look at the CT scan to determine if your jawbone is strong and healthier enough for the procedure.
In cases where your jawbone is determined to be not strong enough to support the All on 4 dental implants, your dentist will advise you on other treatment options. However, if you are suitable, the next step would be to take molds of both your upper and lower jaws. The molds are important because they will be used to create the dental bridge that will be installed together with the All on 4 dental implants.
On the day of your surgery, you will be given dental anesthesia that will prevent you from feeling any pain when your Implantologist begins the procedure. The first step would involve removing all your remaining teeth (if any) to create room for your new dental implants. Any infected tissue present around your teeth will be removed during the surgery to create clean, healthy tissue for the implants. It typically takes 2 months. Once this is done, the dental implants will be placed in their perfect positions.
The position of the All on 4 dental implants would require two of them to be placed at the front of your lower jaw while the other two would be placed around the back of your teeth at a 45-degree angle. Placement of these dental implants has to be extremely precise as any deviation would result in your row of artificial teeth not receiving the adequate support it needs and will, in turn, cause discomfort in the long-term mechanical use of your teeth.
When your Implantologist determines that you have fully recovered from this surgery, you will receive your new artificial teeth in another appointment. During this follow-up appointment, your dentist will ensure that the new teeth are properly fit for maximum comfort and function.
Dentures are made to fit directly over your gums. These artificial teeth are made by connecting them to a pink gum-colored acrylic base that is carefully matched to look like your natural gums. This is done to ensure that your smile remains as natural as possible.
You can choose to use either a full set of dentures to replace your entire row of teeth or a partial denture that only fills in gaps in your upper or lower jaws. Full dentures would require the complete removal of all your existing teeth, and once the gum tissue is no longer traumatized from the surgery, your dentures will be adjusted to fit comfortably over your gums.
However, the healing period for your gums can take up to several months, which means you will be left without teeth for a long period of time.
The main difference between All on 4 compared to dentures is that unlike the former, which is permanently attached to your jaw, dentures can be easily removed. For example, when you’re going to bed at night.
Pros and Cons of All on 4 vs Dentures
We’ve created a table below to show you the comparison of both dental implants:
- A cost-effective way to replace your teeth.
- Partial dentures allow you to cut down on costs.
- Can last up to 5-10 years.
- You need to wait several months before dentures can be installed.
- Needs to be removed every night before bed.
- Requires specific care instructions like soaking them at night and cleaning them in the morning. This can be time-consuming.
- Requires additional cleaning solutions and dental adhesives to use effectively.
- Might cause jawbone loss over a period of prolonged usage.
- Discomfort on your gums and might cause painful mouth sores.
All on 4
- Provides an immediate improvement to your smile after surgery.
- Lasts significantly longer than dentures.
- They can be cleaned like your natural teeth in a routine dentist visit.
- All on 4 dental implants are permanent and don’t need to be removed at night.
- You can brush and floss them like your natural teeth.
- Does not cause jawbone loss.
- Secured directly to your jawbone and will not cause any discomfort.
- Significantly higher cost compared to dentures.
The Ivory Dental Clinic is your trusted partner in maintaining your oral health. We are an ISO 9001-certified dental clinic that assures you that you will receive quality treatment from our experienced and professional staff while enjoying the highest standards of care and safety.
Call us now and book a consultation appointment with us to find out more about dental implants in Bangkok.