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Sep
10

Implant Supported Dentures

Posted in Dental Implants

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

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Jan
16

Advantages of Metal-Free Dental Implants

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When most people think of dental implants they think of the visible portion of the implant― the artificial crown that resembles a natural tooth. In fact, dental implants are multi-part restorations. Beneath the gum line, screws, nails, and frames support the artificial teeth. There are also connecting elements called abutments, which may include posts, guide planes, and rest seats.

The above-described parts of dental implants have traditionally been made of metal, titanium being the metal most commonly used.  However, in recent years, concerns about the use of metal in dentistry have contributed to the growing popularity of ceramic, metal-free dental implants. Here are some of the advantages of metal-free dental implants.

1)      Perform like natural teeth

Ceramic implants function very much like healthy natural teeth. Like natural teeth, they stimulate the jawbone during chewing, preventing bone erosion. Ceramic implants are also very stable and strong; in fact, they are harder than metal implants. They also respond better to temperature fluctuations than metal implants.

2)      Do not corrode

Unlike metal implants which corrode over time leaving a metallic taste in the mouth and metal staining around the gums, ceramic implants do not corrode.

3)      Do not conduct electricity

Metal implants conduct electricity which can cause muscle contractions, a phenomenon known as galvanism. There is no risk of this with ceramic implants.

4)      Biocompatible

One concern with metal implants is that they cause allergic reactions in some people. Ceramic is a chemically inert, biocompatible material that is not known to cause allergic reactions. Chemically reactive metal implants can cause gum recession, but the biocompatibility of ceramic implants encourages gum growth.

5)      Natural look

With ceramic implants there is no risk of unsightly metal staining at the gum line. Ceramic also has a translucency that gives it the look of human enamel. For these reasons, ceramic implants are regarded as being more aesthetically pleasing than metal implants.

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