The average denture wearer only wears the upper denture 60% of the time and the lower denture 20% of the time. The loose attachment can reduce chewing capacity, which could stop you from eating many of the foods you enjoy. Bone loss may also progress, and the functionally of the tooth replacement will increasingly diminish.
Wearing dentures often makes people appear older than they actually are. The success of conventional solutions depends largely on the amount of residual bone and soft tissue. Dentures by themselves do not function like natural teeth.
There’s good news, though! Modern dentistry has solutions to suit your needs. Dr. Dean offers implant denture solutions which make it possible to eat, talk, and laugh in an uninhibited way.
There are two types of implant retained dentures
Removable Over Dentures
Removable over dentures are traditional dentures that are anchored in the mouth by fitting directly over conventional implants or over a bar connected to the conventional implants. They’re called over dentures because they fit over dental implants.
These dentures are removable and have to be taken out after meals and at night and morning for cleaning. You treat these dentures like regular dentures.
Removable tooth replacement on implants: A removable prosthetic secured on two or more implants using anchors, which retain the appliance in a very secure way. Largely functions and appears like natural teeth.
Removable denture using a bar: The bar serves as a supporting element for a removable prosthesis and is supported by two or more implants. The appliance attaches to the bar to provide secure retention.
Non-Removable Fixed Dentures
Non-Removable Fixed Dentures are another option. These dentures are also called hybrid dentures or fixed detachable dentures. The dentures can be made of regular strength.
A fixed denture stays in the mouth all the time. You treat them like natural teeth. Brush and floss them daily. These types of implant-retained dentures are anchored by five or more dental implants per jaw.
The Non-Removable Fixed Denture replacement teeth are classified as permanent (non-removable) though the dentist can take them out if necessary. A fixed detachable gives the patient the best function next to natural teeth.
Fixed implant supported bridge: consists of four or more implants. The prosthesis is fixed firmly to the dental implants and the gum remains free.
All on 4
The All-on-4 treatment concept was developed to provide edentulous patients with an efficient and effective restoration using only four implants to support immediately loaded full-arch prosthesis. With less implants needed, cost and time are reduced. The special implants used anchored at an angle offers improved support and stability.
There are several parts of the All-on-4 dental implant process. For eligible candidates the surgery can be conducted in one day, but the procedure can be done in as few as two appointments.
- Consultation: The initial visit where specific needs are addressed and a solution prescribed.
- 3D CAT Scanning and Cone Beam Scanner: Through state-of-the art technology, the surgery is planned.
- Impressions: Where the proper molds are created for the dental implants to make the teeth for the patient.
- Education: Education consultants provide feedback and information for each patient, in order to make certain proper care and upkeep are given post-surgery.
- Surgery: The day of surgery the implants are placed and new teeth are attached to the dental implants.
Advantages to All on 4:
- Cost effective solution. Fewer implants usually means lower cost.
- Faster treatment and healing time.
- Reduce need for bone grafting. The special tilting of two of the implants ensures a secure and stable anchorage for the replaced arch, typically making bone grafting unnecessary.
- Options for final prosthetic:
- Fixed: Highest durability and function
- Removable: Can be removed by you for easy cleaning
Schedule a consultation
If you’re a patient in the Dallas, TX or Plano, TX area and you want to find out if implant dentures are right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dean. He can determine the best treatment option for you.