It’s easy to think that dental implants are just a pricey alternative to the time-tested and reliable denture.
In actuality, implant technology has some significant advantages over the classic teeth-replacement option. When we talk about implants, this doesn’t mean getting a little screw placed into each and every spot that a tooth should be.
Just a few implants could be an alternative to a traditional denture.
All on Four or Six
A full denture rests directly on your gums. This usually isn’t a problem for an upper denture, but you may find that a lower one tends to slip and slide a bit.
To counter this, dentist can place as few as four conservative little implants in your jaw in key locations. These implants can hold your denture securely in place far better than any denture adhesive will manage!
If you want to take this a step further, there are techniques using a few more implants to anchor a permanent dental prosthesis.
Why Give Dental Implants a Try?
The following list is pretty general as far as how implant technology is an improvement over a simple denture. Upon giving implants a try, you might discover many more reasons why you love having implants in your life!
See your dentist for an evaluation to determine whether implants are right for you.
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River Ranch Dental
203 George Hopper Rd #100
Midlothian, TX 76065
Put simply, implant-retained dentures are removable while All-on-4 dentures are not.
Both of these dental prostheses have revolutionized the very idea of false teeth. Traditional dentures need regular adjustment to compensate for the way they cause changes to your mouth. The end goal of implant-supported denture options is the same: to prevent bone loss and to promote a high-quality standard of living. By utilizing implants to support prosthetic teeth, you can smile with confidence and enjoy the foods you once did before with natural teeth. The ways these two different prostheses are designed and cared for, however, are what make up the differences.
These dentures are permanently secured to four optimally placed implants. This means that they do not need to be removed for cleaning in a denture solution, but rather are cared for much in the way that natural teeth are. They need to be flossed and brushed daily, and you still need to keep a regular schedule of dental hygiene appointments for specialized cleanings.
These dentures are supported by several implants, but are suited with attachment parts allowing them to snap on and off. The way these dentures are cleaned is similar to the way regular dentures are cleaned. They should be removed at night, and you would pay special attention to cleaning around the implant abutments themselves when the denture is out.
Both kinds of dentures will help to maintain a healthy amount of bone that gives your face its shape. The implants prevent the dentures from wearing on the gum tissue and underlying bone.
If you are ready to move on from traditional dentures, ask your dentist how you can determine which implant-supported denture solution is right for you.
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Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
Your new All-on-4 Denture has been a life-changer! Next on the list is properly caring for your All-on-4 Denture so that you can experience its benefits indefinitely.
Clean Your Denture
Anything in your mouth – whether your tongue, natural teeth, implants, or dentures – needs to be regularly cleaned to prevent harmful bacterial buildup. Bacteria can cause bad breath and irritation to soft tissues in the mouth. Just as with a regular denture, it is essential that you remove your All-on-4 Denture at night and clean it regularly. Give your mouth a chance to “breathe!”
Clean your denture with a soft denture brush and the cleaning products our dentist recommends. Using the wrong product can damage your denture or its metal attachments.
Freshen Your Mouth
Gently brush your mouth daily with a soft toothbrush and warm water. Make sure to thoroughly scrub your tongue, the insides of your cheeks, and the roof of your mouth. You may want to use an antimicrobial mouthwash to prevent bad breath, so ask our hygienist which products are right for you.
Maintain Your Implants
Even though it is not a natural tooth, an implant is still prone to failure because of gum infection. Prevent bacterial buildup and gum inflammation by gently cleaning around your implant abutments with a soft yarn or fluffy, fibrous floss. Some patients find a water flosser to be very helpful.
Make Office Visits a Priority
Your All-on-4 Dentures may seem invincible compared with natural teeth, but they still require maintenance through regular office visits. When you visit your dentist for a checkup, he will ensure that the gums are healthy, the dentures fit well, and the abutments and clips are up-to-date.
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Dr. Farhan Qureshi, DDS
5206 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311
Dentures have long provided older adults with the chance to get their smiles back. A good fitting pair of dentures can boost your self-confidence, make it easier to enjoy meals, and help you feel like smiling again. With the development of implant-supported dentures, patients have more options than ever before when it comes to replacing all of their teeth at one time.
Traditional dentures are removable prosthesis that are held in place by the suction of the acrylic plate against the roof of the mouth. The acrylic hugs the gum tissues and follows the shape of the jaws, further securing it. However, because the acrylic plate extends over the roof of the mouth, many people find their full mouth denture difficult to speak with, and impossible to taste their food. It still provides a proven, economical way for tooth replacement. Removing the denture each night is essential to oral hygiene and bone health.
Implant Supported Dentures
All-on-4 implant dentures are thinner; “U” shaped dentures that follow the shape of the jaw. The denture itself is anchored permanently onto 4 titanium implant roots, which are securely held in place by the jawbone. Because implants are so strong, only a few of them are needed to support the entire denture. While this treatment requires more of an initial investment, people report that they are much more comfortable eating and speaking with. Implant supported dentures stay in the mouth permanently.
Which denture option is right for you? If you’ve already struggled with finding a denture that fits right, it’s time to talk to your dentist about options like implant-supported dentures and how they can help your smile.
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2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
One of the biggest challenges that denture wearers face is the one caused by the bulky size of the prosthesis inside of their mouth. The large acrylic denture is held in place by suction, and people must become accommodated to speaking, chewing, and swallowing with it in their mouth. Although removable dentures have been used effectively for a very long period of time, they’re not always the best choice for tooth replacement treatments.
What if you could have a denture that never came out and was so thin that it didn’t even need to cover the roof of the mouth? Instead, it would only cover the bony arch of the mouth where the teeth stood? That option is real. It’s the All-on-4 implant denture.
Implant supported dentures allow as few as 4 implant roots to permanently support a thin denture prosthesis inside of the mouth. The denture is “U” shaped and sits directly over the bony arch of the jaw, freeing up extra space throughout the mouth. Once installed, the implant-supported denture doesn’t come lose, never falls out, and provides you with a secure fit all day long.
Who is a candidate for implant-dentures? Any implant candidate needs to have healthy bone levels, be free of oral infections, and refrain from using tobacco products. An exam and x-rays can determine whether or not you have enough bone support necessary for the placement of your implant roots.
Enjoy the flavors of your meals once again. Speak more freely with smaller prosthesis in your mouth. It’s time to ask your dentist about implant supported, All-on-4 dentures at your next check-up.
Posted on behalf of Find Local Dentists
“All on 4” implant supported dentures provide dental patients with an alternative to traditional removable dentures. The denture is anchored onto the dental implants, and yes – they’re really permanent!
What makes implant-retained dentures different than regular dentures is that they only cover the bony-ridge portion of the jaw. The “U” shaped denture frees up space across the roof of the mouth or areas beside the teeth that would normally help suction or claps a denture into place.
The denture is then anchored to the 4 (or sometimes fewer) implant roots by being permanently affixed to the abutment on top of the implant. What does that mean? The denture never comes out! You can experience more freedom with speaking and eating the foods you love, because your denture takes up less space and will not come loose.
Your dentist can show you how to clean under your implant supported denture to keep it free of getting food buildup or infection. A useful oral hygiene aid is a water flosser, which will thoroughly flush a stream of water through the area in which it is aimed.
If you already have regular dentures but are becoming frustrated with how much they impact your lifestyle, then it’s time to ask your dentist about implant-supported dentures or “All on 4” dentures. Your dentist will need to conduct a clinical examination as well as take certain X-rays to see if enough bone is present to support the implants. Implant-anchored dentures are more affordable than you think, and will give you years of a reliable, healthy smile. In just a few simple treatments, you could have the stability of a forever smile.
Posted on behalf of Linda King DDS
Dental implants have officially made their way into the prosthodontic field of dentistry and helping the modern denture patient. That’s right! You can how choose between traditional dentures or those that are supported by dental implants. The modern take on this new type of denture has many factors that make them work considering:
All-on-4 Dentures are more comfortable
An implant-supported denture rests on 4 titanium implants in the arch of your bone, which is why they’re called “All-on-4” dentures. Because they are supported by the implants, they are smaller in size and don’t cover the roof of your mouth. The horseshoe shaped denture only takes up a small portion of your mouth and won’t rub sore spots the way a larger prosthesis would.
Implant dentures won’t slide out of place
Because your implant is supported directly on top of the implants, they won’t ever slide out of place. You won’t need any adhesives or tapes, and your implant denture stays in place permanently. This makes talking and eating easier to do, and you’ll also enjoy the taste of your food since there is no large acrylic piece over the roof of your mouth.
They can be installed in a day
Unlike traditional dental implants, the All-on-4 implant supported dentures can typically be installed in just a single appointment. This allows you to walk out of the office with a brand new smile that looks and feels great, without the lengthy process needed for traditional implant therapy. How is this? Denture supporting implants use less bone and can be placed in areas that utilize the best quality of bone in your mouth, providing a customized treatment that works with your individual smile.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants
Did you know there was such a thing as a comfortable denture? There is! In fact, this denture alternative is so unlike a denture that the only thing it has in common with a traditional prosthesis is that it’s used to replace all of your teeth at one time. What is it? A dental implant supported denture. Unlike regular dentures, the dental implant (“All on 4”) denture takes up less space in your mouth and provide a perfect fit every time. The horseshoe shaped denture also frees up the top of your mouth, making it much easier to talk, chew, smile, and enjoy the taste of your food.
The All on 4 denture stays in place by being mounted directly on top of 4 dental implants in the arch of your mouth. The stability provided by the implants keeps your denture secure so that it never slips or loses suction. In fact, the implant denture stays in place permanently. Because of it’s slim design, it only covers the bony ridge in your mouth where your natural teeth once were, almost as if you had real teeth again. The denture is permanently anchored to the 4 dental implants so that it is held in place similar to a dental bridge.
Taking care of your implant denture is easy. You can brush your teeth as normal, and use an oral irrigation device to flush any plaque or food debris out from under the denture the way you would if you had a bridge in place. You’ll never have to take them out and soak them overnight, leaving you feeling self conscious about your mouth or embarrassed around your loved ones. Best of all, most implant supported dentures can be completed in a single treatment appointment.
Posted on behalf of Dr. John Carey, North Metro Oral & Implant Surgery
“All on four” dentures are implant-retained dentures that are held in place by four dental implants in the arch of the mouth. The benefits of all on four dentures include:
What makes implant retained dentures different than typical dentures is that instead of an acrylic piece covering the roof of your mouth, the denture is shaped similar to a “U” or horseshoe, and is screwed directly to the dental implants. This secure hold keeps the dentures in place during eating, speaking or smiling. With the reduced area of your mouth covered by an acrylic denture, you can enjoy your food more appropriately and find the adjustment time much easier than that of having complete denture therapy.
Patients that choose to have All on Four Dentures will first require implant therapy in the arch of their mouth where the denture is to be placed. Dental implants typically take 3 to 6 months from start to finish, allowing the new titanium root to integrate with the surrounding jawbone. If bone grafting is required, this may add some recovery time to allow for new bone to grow in the area that is strong enough to support a dental implant.
After the implant sites have healed and are structurally secure in the surrounding bone, the implant-supported denture can be placed. The denture goes over the implants and is then screwed into place directly to the implant. After the connection is covered, you can enjoy a permanent set of dentures that you will find secure and easy to care for.
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