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
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