Dental Tips Blog

Nov
29

Implant Supported Dentures vs. Conventional “Plates”

Posted in Dental Implants

When it comes to replacing all of your teeth at once, you have more options than ever before. But still, you might be left with the ever-so-common question: “Do I just want to go ahead and get dentures, or should I explore an implant supported option?”

Benefits of Getting Traditional Dentures

Conventional removable dentures (often referred to as “plates”) are one of the most affordable ways to replace all of your teeth at one time. It’s a fast and economical solution for people who are looking for such. They can also be used temporarily, if you want to save up for something more permanent later on.

Temporary healing dentures can also be worn over implants that have recently been placed, while you’re waiting for everything to heal (and before a more permanent solution is ready to install.) 

Opting for Implant Supported or Retained Prosthetics

Dental implants can take the rocking, shifting, and bulky feel of dentures and make them feel more like real teeth again. Implant supported options can be slimmer in size, and permanently anchored in place. Or, they can be conventional dentures that snap in and out over implants for stability. There are a wider variety of options, but most of them focus on the idea of enhanced comfort, stability, and bone preservation. In some situations, current denture wearers can opt to retrofit their prosthesis to rest over implants.

Talk to your dentist about what tooth replacement options you’re a candidate for. You’ll want to talk about your short and long-term goals, budget, and vision for your smile. This is a great first step to deciding what comes next.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

Sep
29

What Are Permanent Dentures? Are They Right for You?

Posted in Dentures

“Permanent dentures” is not a real thing in dentistry. Most people Googling the term are just searching for a tooth replacement option that they don’t have to worry about falling out. A set-it-and-forget-it kind of deal.

If you’re looking for something a little more secure than traditional dentures, then you may be interested in either:

An implant supported overdenture

–or–

A fixed hybrid denture/extended bridge

Overdentures And Fixed Bridges – What’s The Difference?

Both of these options use dental implants for support. Both can replace a full arch of teeth.

But the main difference is that an overdenture is basically a regular denture with attachments that snap onto implants while the fixed hybrid/extended bridge is far more conservative and you can’t remove it.

Implant overdentures are usually made of acrylic. They have wide borders that provide more facial support and cover the gums. An upper overdenture will cover the palate. If you had one of these, you would still have to take it out at night and clean it daily, like any other denture.

Fixed implant bridges or hybrid dentures are made from metal and porcelain and may not cover the gums. They are screwed in place by your dentist and are only removed by your dentist for maintenance. You continue to brush just as if you had natural teeth.

Why Go Permanent?

Either of these options will keep your teeth from putting pressure on your gums. The implants will actually help to preserve the shape of the bone you have left. Both will give you a secure bite.

To find out whether these more “permanent” denture solutions are right for your smile, plan a visit to your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Marvin Village Dentistry
8161 Ardrey Kell Road
Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 579-5513

Aug
3

What is an Overdenture?

Posted in Dental Implants

An overdenture is simply a dental prosthesis that rests slightly above your gums. It’s usually supported by dental implants, so it puts the bite force directly into your jawbone instead of your gums.

Some overdentures are more like traditional dentures in the way they rest on your gums, but they all provide a more secure bite because of having implants to help hold them in place.

Who Can Have An Overdenture?

People who have minimal bone to support a full classic denture could really use the extra support of implants. Implants give the mouth greater height, which preserves the shape of the smile and the power of your bite.

An overdenture is still removable like any other denture, but it stays in place much better.

Basically, if you’re exhausted from dealing with a regular denture, then an overdenture may be worth your consideration!

Benefits Of Overdentures

In today’s fast-paced society, fewer people want to settle for the hassle and stigma of wearing a traditional denture. Overdentures are gaining in popularity because of these benefits:

  • Can be removed for easy cleaning
  • No more worrying about denture adhesives
  • Hide a high smile line with a tall prosthesis (avoid showing a gap between the denture and your gums)
  • Enjoy having the shape of your original smile
  • Laugh without fear of your teeth slipping!

Is an overdenture right for you? You’ll have to discuss that with your dentist. There are many different ways to replace teeth, especially when dental implants are involved. Careful treatment planning can help you find a solution that matches your lifestyle and smile needs.

Contact your dentist today to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

May
25

6 Signs You Should Pick a Denture Alternative

Posted in Dentures

Are you ready to upgrade your denture? These six signs may say yes.

  1. Sore Spots

An ill-fitting denture can be more trouble to wear than it’s worth. If you have a hard time getting any denture to fit no matter how much you adjust it, then it could be time to consider an implant-supported option.

  1. Difficulty Chewing

Dentures do take some time to get used to. With practice, you can handle almost any food. But they’ll never compare to the security of an implant-anchored option. Dental implants won’t go anywhere so they’ll help keep your denture in place when you eat.

  1. Too Embarrassed to Laugh

No one should ever be too ashamed of their smile to show it off in laughter! If insecurity over your grin has turned your mood sour, then it’s definitely time to think about why you deserve a more confident smile restoration.

  1. Constantly Misplacing Your Denture

Most implant-secured teeth are not removable. You brush them just as you would regular teeth. This non-removable option is ideal if you have a habit of always losing your current ones.

  1. You Don’t Want Others to Know You Have a Denture

Even young people may lose all of their teeth. This can make it very difficult for them to have a busy social life. Implant-anchored teeth can let you live your life worry-free.

  1. Jawbone is Shrinking

If your denture is getting looser, that means your jaw has shrunk a bit. Implant therapy will help to strengthen your bone and prevent future wear.

Is implant therapy the right option for you? Ask your dentist for an opinion tailored to your needs.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

May
1

Dentures You Don’t Have to Remove for Cleaning

Posted in Dental Implants

Are you sick of scrubbing and soaking your denture every day? Now, you’ve got some options such as implant-supported dentures that will free you up to live more spontaneously.

Benefits of Implant Technology

There’s no tooth replacement technique that quite measures up to your natural teeth. Dental implants do come pretty close, however.

Regular dentures have to fit snugly over your gums in order to stay in place. Over time, the direct contact between your denture and your mouth will put pressure on the underlying bone. Eventually, your mouth will change shape and your denture will no longer fit.

Having implants to support your denture will change your life because they:

  • Promote bone growth instead of bone loss
  • Give you strength for chewing
  • Preserve the shape of your smile
  • Permanently anchor your denture, eliminating the need for cleaning and adhesives.

You have a couple of reliable options for non-removable dentures:

Option 1: Implant-Supported Denture

Also simply known as a hybrid denture, this appliance rests securely on at least four sturdy dental implants. You won’t have to worry about your denture going far, at all. Your dentist will remove the denture for special cleanings at your checkup appointments.

Option 2: Implant-Supported Bridge

A fixed implant bridge is the lighter and more breathable option. It doesn’t cover as much gum tissue or the roof of your mouth the way traditional dentures do. This bridge needs multiple implants to secure it. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to clean under it.

Thanks to these implant-anchored dentures, you can say goodbye to denture cleansers and adhesives forever. Contact your dentist today to schedule a consultation to learn more about your treatment options.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Jan
10

Hybridge: The Denture and Bridge Alternative

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants are well-known permanent solutions for missing teeth. You may personally know someone who’s replaced a tooth or two with an implant.

But what if you have several teeth missing?

An implant hybrid bridge could be your answer. That’s exactly what a restoration with the Hybridge system is.

Benefits of Hybridge

Traditional dentures are not permanent. They can irritate your gums and cause the jaw bone to resorb. As an alternative, a Hybridge restoration uses several dental implants to support a partial or entire arch of new teeth.

Whether you need just a bridge or a full arch, a Hybrid restoration:

  • Stays in place
  • Is permanent (only removable by a dentist)
  • Is faster and cheaper than multiple implant bridges
  • Restores your full dental function
  • Is easy to maintain
  • Can be customized to individual needs

Getting a Hybridge Smile

Using just five or six carefully placed implants, the full arch Hybridge restoration can replace up to 12 teeth. Your dentist will assess your jaw and determine which kind of tooth replacement is best for you. You’ll have an appointment to get the implants and receive a temporary denture or bridge. In the course of a few months, you’ll receive your newly finished smile.

A full arch dental restoration is far more durable than any denture. Because your new teeth can be made entirely from ceramic, they’ll look more natural and last a lot longer than those on a removable acrylic denture.

Are you sick of dealing with a removable bridge or denture? Ready for a completely new smile?

Contact your dentist to find out which Hybridge-certified specialists are available in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Meridian Campus Family Dental
3201 Willamette DR NE
Lacey, WA 98516
(360) 200-5505

Nov
16

What’s an Overdenture?

Posted in Dentures

Do you have a traditional denture? You’re probably thankful that your current partial or full denture allows you to chew and smile without worrying too much about how you look. But what your denture doesn’t do is stay in place on its own.

Sure, maybe it once did stay put quite nicely. But with time, the fit has changed and you find yourself reaching for a messy denture adhesive.

Imagine having a denture that stays in place and doesn’t move over time. Imagine talking a lot, laughing loudly, and chewing freely without dreading that your denture will slip out of place. That’s exactly what an overdenture can do for you.

Changes in Design and Stability

An overdenture is simply a denture that doesn’t rest entirely on your gums. In fact, it takes most of the force directly over a couple of dental implants.

Yes, implant technology makes the difference! With as few as two to four shallow implants placed near the front of your mouth, your lower denture can be stabilized all day long. An overdenture can be made for the upper arch, as well, but it’s not usually needed. The jaw is where bone tends to disappear the quickest. That’s why lower dentures are more prone to lose their fit.

Why Try an Overdenture

An overdenture:

  • Won’t slip or pinch while you chew or talk
  • Is less likely to cause chafing and sores on your gums
  • Won’t put pressure on underlying bone, so it slows down resorption
  • Is easily cleaned every day just like your current denture

Enjoy a newfound confidence by upgrading to an overdenture. Ask your dentist whether or not this option is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Jun
25

Could An Implant-Supported Denture Change Your Life?

Posted in Dentures

For many people, losing their teeth is the end of the road. They feel that a denture is their last smile-replacement option for life.

A denture simply doesn’t compare to your natural teeth. Perhaps you struggle with caring for a denture. Having a denture makes some people self-conscious. Others are frustrated over trying to make it fit properly.

Did you know that a denture is not your final option?

An implant denture (or implant-supported denture) could revolutionize the way you enjoy life.

How An Implant-Supported Denture Works

Dental implants are small metal screws that are inserted into the bone of your jaw at key locations. These screws are made of a material that your body should accept as its own. When the bone heals up around the implants, they will be strong enough to support a denture that snaps onto the attachments.

When the implants are integrated into the bone, they will stimulate it to reinforce itself. This prevents the resorption that’s unavoidable with regular dentures that rest directly on top of your gums and bone.

Benefits of Securing Your Denture with Implants

Why choose implant therapy for your denture? With implants, you’ll enjoy such benefits as:

  • A stronger and more secure bite
  • Confidence that your denture will stay in place
  • Eating whatever you want
  • Not worrying about denture cleaners or adhesives
  • Strengthened bone in your jaw
  • Retaining the height and shape of your smile

Getting Started with An Implant-Supported Denture

To find out whether you are a candidate for implant therapy, schedule a consultation at your local dental office. An evaluation including digital x-ray imaging and special scans can help you plan for a successful surgery. Call your dentist today!

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

Dec
27

What is an Overdenture?

Posted in Dental Implants

If you cross a conventional removable denture with a fixed, permanent dental implant, you get an overdenture.

Overdentures are removable dentures that clasp onto dental implants. They are secured throughout the day by 2 to 6 dental implants, but pop off at night for easy care and maintenance.

Benefits of implant overdentures include:

  • Convenience of a removable denture
  • Stability of dental implants
  • Ability to retrofit your current denture
  • Affordability
  • Improved self confidence

You might consider getting an implant overdenture if your traditional denture rocks or shifts throughout the day. Uncomfortable sores, inability to eat comfortably, or embarrassing speech are all reasons why people consider using implants to secure their denture.

Even your existing denture can be retrofitted to clasp over dental implants. On the underside of your denture, housings are placed to receive the abutment of the dental implant. After implants are placed into your bone, the new or existing denture clips on top of them. Although it’s simple to take out at night, you will still find that the overdenture is very secure throughout the day.

If you aren’t a candidate for traditional fixed dentures and don’t want to be bothered by the instability that some people experience from traditional dentures, then an implant overdenture is an excellent choice.

You should consider getting an overdenture if your existing denture is uncomfortable or it is difficult for you eat or speak with confidence. Overdentures are an affordable option for your oral rehabilitative needs. The affordability of dentures and the reliability of just a few dental implants can change the way you look and feel for years to come! Find out more about implant overdentures by calling your dentist today.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Nov
23

Mini Implant Retained Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Are you sick of having your denture slide around and click whenever it’s in need of adjustment? Consider having implants placed to securely anchor your denture to your mouth, for good!

Are You a Candidate for Implants?

Perhaps you’ve been told before that you don’t have enough bone beneath your gum tissue to hold regular implants. Well, here’s where mini implants can make all the difference. Because these implants are much smaller than traditional implants, they don’t need as much bone to fasten into. Having mini implants inserted to attach your dentures to will prevent further bone loss and changes to the shape of your smile.

The Benefits of Conservative Surgery

Again, owing to the size of these mighty little implants, the surgery to place them is brief and minimal. This means that you could have everything completed – including attaching your original denture – within a single appointment. This also decreases discomfort and the amount of time needed for recovery.

Love Your Smile Again!

Securing your denture with mini implants will eliminate the need for frequent readjustment of your denture. You can also say goodbye to messy denture pastes and adhesives. Implant care is surprisingly simple and they will revolutionize the way you smile, talk, and eat. Gone are the days of embarrassment over a loose denture. Mini implant retained dentures will give you a new confidence to enjoy life as you did before having dentures.

Schedule a visit with your dentist to discuss your implant options for improving the retention of your denture. You may be surprised at just how simple the procedure can be!

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339

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