Dental Tips Blog

Sep
29

What Are Permanent Dentures? Are They Right for You?

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“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

Oct
13

Which Denture is Best for You?

Posted in Dentures

When you’re looking to replace all of your missing teeth, it’s important to know what options are available. Different types of dentures and prosthetics have advantages over others, and it’s important to take into consideration things like convenience, comfort, and preferences. 

Traditional Dentures and Partial Dentures

Acrylic dentures and partial dentures are traditionally the standard choice for tooth replacement. The prosthesis is removable and clasps in around any existing teeth or held in place with suction against the jaws and palate. Affordable and durable, removable dentures can last for several years when cared for properly. Routine care is needed to keep dentures fitting properly, and they may require occasional relining for a secure fit.  

Fixed Implant Dentures

Fixed implant dentures are a type of prosthesis that is permanently anchored onto 4 implant roots. It does not come out each night like a traditional denture, but stays in the mouth at all times. The denture covers only the bony portion of the jaw, where teeth should be, freeing up other areas throughout the mouth. Since it is permanently anchored in place, implant-supported dentures feel more natural. Many patients report that they are easier to eat with, talk with, and bring back their self-confidence. 

Which type of denture is best for you? Implant anchored dentures are becoming the treatment of choice for many patients due to their reliability and functionality. To find out if you’re a candidate for implant anchored dentures or if traditional dentures are your treatment of choice, schedule an exam and consult with your denture and implant denture dentist today!

Posted on behalf of Find Local Dentists

Sep
27

Permanent Dentures that Never Come Out

Posted in Dentures

If you could design the perfect pair of dentures, what would they be like? Would they take up less space in your mouth, make it easier to talk and eat, or even stay in place permanently? Guess what – they’re already here! A permanent denture that never comes out and will help you feel confident when you need it most. They aren’t just any dentures; they’re implant supported, permanent dentures. 

Implant supported dentures are a comprehensive smile restoration option that uses just 4 implant roots to permanently support a slimline denture. Since the denture is anchored directly to the implants, it won’t ever come loose, fall out, or rock out of place during your meal. 

The thin design of implant dentures makes them feel like natural teeth. There is no large acrylic plate extending over the mouth or metal bar across the floor of the mouth. Instead, the implant denture simply follows the natural contour of your smile and covers the area where your teeth are missing. 

These types of dentures are sometimes called “All on 4” dentures and are custom designed so that the teeth look and feel as natural as possible. Depending on the health of your bone and the placement of your dental implants, some patients complete their treatment in just one appointment. 

Who is the ideal candidate for a fixed implant denture? Patients that are missing all of their teeth in one arch; people who want a permanent option when it comes to tooth replacement; and patients with semi-healthy bone levels that can support a dental implant. To find out whether or not you’re a candidate for a fixed implant denture, see your dentist for a quick exam.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Dentists

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