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Oct
23

Implant Bridges and Dentures

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Missing teeth have never been easier to replace! What once required bulky, removable prosthesis or treatments that altered nearby healthy teeth can now be reduced to a straightforward approach to tooth replacement that makes your mouth stronger and healthier. Just what is it? Dental implant bridges and dentures!

Dental Implant Bridges

Traditional dental bridges are anchored onto healthy teeth that are next to the missing tooth. The treatment requires the tooth to be shaved down so that it can support the restoration. With implant-supported bridges, you preserve your healthy tooth structure! The bridge is anchored directly onto a supporting implant root on either end of the restoration. As many as 4 or 5 teeth can be replaced at any given time. 

Implant Supported Dentures

Does the thought of large, bulky dentures make you hesitant to pursue tooth replacement treatment? Then you should hear about dental implant supported dentures. These dentures free up more space in your mouth and are permanently fixed on top of your artificial implant roots! Patients that choose implant-mounted dentures are able to speak easier, enjoy more flavors of their favorite foods, and benefit from an appliance that never comes out of their mouth. It’s the perfect alternative for permanent tooth replacement when you don’t have any existing healthy teeth. 

How many teeth do you need to replace? Dental implants are stronger than your real, healthy teeth. Your implant dentist can help you replace all or some of your missing teeth to help you feel more confident and enjoy the foods you love. Call your dentist to set up an appointment to find out more.

Posted on behalf of Linda King DDS

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Sep
14

Implant-Anchored Dentures

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Traditional implants now have a more modern and comfortable alternative – the implant anchored denture. An implant anchored denture is one that frees up space in your mouth, is more comfortable to wear, and is the next best thing to having your own teeth.

The design of implant supported dentures is a unique horseshoe shape that covers only the bony ridge where the teeth once stood. There’s no need for an acrylic plate or metal bar across the roof of the mouth, because suction isn’t used to hold an implant denture. Instead, the denture rests directly on top of titanium implant roots, which hold the prosthesis permanently into place.

You’ll enjoy better speech, more flavor to your meals, and a boost of self-confidence when you consider implant anchored dentures. Since the dentures can be supported on as few as 4 implant roots, they’re simple to have completed and more affordable than most people realize.

Taking care of your implant anchored dentures is easy. You’ll brush them just like natural teeth, and use a water flosser or threaded floss to clean under the prosthesis at least once a day. These simple steps allow you to have a permanent smile that doesn’t lead to the problems that traditional denture patients may have to deal with. They’ll always fit great!

If you’ve considered getting new dentures or are just bothered by your current prosthesis, ask your dentist about implant-anchored dentures!

Posted on behalf of Linda King DDS

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Aug
15

Are Implant Dentures Really Permanent?

Posted in Dentures

“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

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Dec
17

Implant Supported Dentures

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Do you need to have a new set of dentures made, but have concerns about getting a secure fit? Perhaps you’ve had dentures in the past, but they’ve always been too loose or not fit properly, making it hard to talk or eat during the day. An improperly fitted denture isn’t just annoying; it can also rub or cause sore spots in your mouth.

If you want the most secure type of denture possible, then it’s definitely worth your time to consider getting  implant supported dentures. Unlike traditional dentures that cover a large portion of your mouth and use suction to stay in place, an implant-supported denture is thinner, takes up less space, and is permanently held into place by implant roots.

Implant-supported dentures are “U” shaped, covering only the arch of your mouth where the missing teeth are, rather than across the roof of your mouth or around the entire bony structure of your jaw. This frees up more space, making them more comfortable to wear, easier to talk with, and provide a simpler time enjoying your meals.

Each of these dentures is supported on 4 implant roots, which is why they are sometimes called All on 4 Dentures. The 4 implants in the jaw are placed in specific anchor points to support the denture, which is then screwed onto abutments so that it fits securely.

Not everyone is a candidate for implant-supported dentures, but the only way to find out if you are is to schedule a consultation with your dentist. After a clinical examination and any necessary x-rays, your dentist can inform you what type of prosthesis is best for your personal goals.

Posted on behalf of Linda King DDS

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