Why do some people lose all of their teeth?

We’re living longer than ever before and it can be challenging to maintain our teeth for so many years. Our teeth age the same way that the rest of our body does. They lose their enamel, chip, break and develop cavities over time. Plus, we lose the supporting bone structure which keeps our teeth in place. This makes the situation worse, causing our teeth to become sensitivity and loose. Ultimately, these damages add up and translate to tooth loss for many people. At the end, some people find it easier to just remove all of their teeth than deal with yet another infected or broken tooth or gum related issue!

What are my options if I lose all of my teeth?

Regardless of what you choose to do, it’s never recommended to leave infected teeth in your mouth or to simply remain toothless. These can all have serious consequences which affect your overall health and well-being. Luckily, there are several different options to replace your missing teeth, depending on your time and budget. Treatment options involve dentures, dental implants or a combination of the two. Here is a summary of different ways to address full mouth tooth loss:

  1. No treatment
  2. Full dentures
  3. Overdentures (snap-on-dentures)
  4. All-on-four dental implants
  5. Full mouth dental implants


Treatment OptionsProsCons
No treatment – No cost!– Poor aesthetics
– Digestive problems
– Risk of choking on food
– Malnutrition
– Slurred speech
– Medical issues resulting from poor nutrition and digestion
Full dentures – Inexpensive
– Quick and easy
– Works very well for some
– Inability to cope with dentures
– Looseness and mobility
– Sore lesions
– Reduced taste due to coverage of gum tissue with denture acrylic
– Compromised chewing ability
– Requires frequent do-overs
– Breaks easily and gets lost
Overdentures – More stable than full dentures
– Quite affordable
– Added security & stability
– Implants last a lifetime, even if you end up requiring a new overdenture
– Removable teeth and not fixed
– Arcylic teeth tend to stain and wear out over time
– May not be as tight as you’d like them to be
– Becomes loose over time and requires maintenance
– Covers a large portion of your gums and affects tasting and chewing
All-on-4 dental implants – Most qualify for treatment
– Excellent chewing ability
– Porcelain or zirconia teeth look great and usually last forever
– Fixed teeth that don’t move
– Your gums are not covered so you can taste food better
– Expensive
– Takes months to complete
– Few dentists offer this treatment
– Must find a great dentist to get great results
Full mouth dental implants – Excellent results
– Top notch treatment
– Porcelain or zirconia teeth look great and usually last forever
– Fixed teeth that don’t move
– Your gums are not covered so you taste food better
– Very expensive (a new car payment!)
– Typically requires extensive bone grafting and build-up
– Treatment usually takes longer than a year to complete
– Few dentists offer this treatment
– Must find a great dentist to get great results

No treatment

Believe it or not, some people simply live without their teeth after losing them. These people continue to function by chewing with their gums only. As you’d imagine, we never recommended remaining toothless. Eating with your gums is both inefficient and dangerous. You won’t be able to get proper nutrition, digest your food adequately or speak comfortably and intelligibly. This will cause you to lose substantial weight and face serious medical problems. Plus, you run the risk of choking on your food! There have been several documented cases of people fatally choking on their meals when chewing on their gums alone. Therefore, you should definitely have your teeth replaced with something or another instead of remaining toothless.

Full dentures

The most common and affordable way to replace all of your teeth is to wear full dentures. Full dentures, or complete dentures, replace all of your teeth with a set of false, removable teeth. How well you function with full dentures varies tremendously from patient to patient. Some denture wearers do very well with their false teeth. They eat a regular diet and hardly missing their original teeth. Others struggle daily with their false teeth. They find themselves using more and more denture glue without being able to eat, chew or speak comfortably with their false teeth. This is typically due to lack of sufficient jaw bone, lack of musculature control, gag reflex or other individual factors. For this latter group,we recommend that you consider tooth replacement options involving dental implants. There are three dental implant replacement options for completely toothless individuals: overdentures, all-on-four dental implants and full-mouth dental implants as discussed below.

To learn more about dentures click here.

Overdentures (Snap-on-dentures or implant-retained dentures)

Overdentures is one of three ways to replace your missing teeth with dental implants. Overdentures, also known as snap-on-dentures or implant-supported dentures, is the most affordable and simplest of these treatment options. By adding just two to four dental implants per arch, you can improve the fit and stability of your false teeth. Adding dental implants to support your dentures makes them more stable and more secure. As a result, you can chew better, feel more comfortable and have an overall better denture wearing experience.

Keep in mind, while overdentures may be a great option for some people, they don’t work for everyone. After all, overdentures are still considered removable teeth despite their added stability. This means that you will still be wearing false teeth which go in and out of your mouth. Plus, overdentures are made from acrylic which means you can break them and require replacement dentures. Finally, your denture will still feel bulky and move as you chew with them. If you’re not happy with the premise of wearing removable teeth, you should explore all-on-four dental implants or full mouth dental implants instead.

To learn more about implant supported dentures click here.

All-on-four dental implants

All-on-four dental implants, or all-on-four teeth, is one of two fixed full mouth teeth replacement options for those missing all of their teeth. Full mouth dental implants is the only other fixed solution. All-on-four teeth is the more economical and expedited treatment option. You get a full set of porcelain or zirconia teeth anchored onto 4 or more dental implants. All-on-four teeth are beautiful, strong and natural-looking. You can eat, speak and function as if you had your original teeth back. These teeth are permanently fixed into your mouth and can not be removed, except by your dentist if necessary. While expensive, all-on-four teeth offer you fixed, beautiful and permanent teeth which typically last a lifetime. They are definitely worth the time and price if you need to replace all of your teeth with fixed, non-removable teeth. The only other fixed tooth replacement option would be full mouth dental implants which is discussed below.

To learn more about all-on-4 teeth click here.

Full mouth dental implants

Last but not least, you can replace your teeth with full mouth dental implants. Full mouth dental implants is a step-up over all-on-four teeth. With full mouth dental implants you get a full set of crowns and bridges supported by multiple dental implants. However, full mouth implant treatment is much more difficult and costly than all-on-four teeth. For example, you typically require 8 to 12 individual dental implants instead of just 4 implants. This usually requires extensive bone buildup to prepare your jaws for so many dental implants. The implants are restored with individual or connected porcelain or ceramic crowns and bridges. Again, this takes much longer than making all-on-four teeth. As a result, full mouth dental implant procedure typically costs nearly double that of all-on-four teeth and takes twice as long to complete treatment. This is why full mouth dental implant is not as common as all-on-four teeth. It is usually reserved for cases where getting additional dental implants is justified for one reason or another (such as your bite).

To learn more about full mouth dental implants click here.

Which option should I choose?

As you can see, there are several different acceptable treatment options for those who need to replace all of their teeth. Each option offers a varying degree of comfort and convenience. For example, dentures are simple and inexpensive but you may be uncomfortable wearing false teeth. On the other hand, all-on-four and full mouth dental implants offer fixed, permanent teeth but treatment takes a long time and is very expensive. There are many different factors to consider when deciding which is the best treatment option for you.

If you live in Orange County and would like to learn more, schedule a consult with Dr. Jazayeri at Oceansight Dental & Implants. Dr. Jazayeri will review different treatment options and help you decide which option best suits your needs. We offer all four treatment options discussed above. So whether you need full dentures or full mouth dental implants, we can help you! If you’re interested in learning more about different teeth replacement options we offer give us a call today. We can be reached at (949) 481-2540 or you can schedule your consult online today.

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