You probably know someone who wears dentures. Historically, these prosthetics have been the most popular prosthetic for addressing tooth loss. Dentures of the past, however, had limitations; many people have complained that conventional dentures can be uncomfortable or unstable. Fortunately, people have options today, such as implant supported dentures, or All-on-4, for improving the comfort and stability of their prosthetics.
Our oral surgeons have extensive experience placing dental implants to accommodate the diverse needs of those suffering with tooth loss.
What are the types of dentures?
There are two types of dentures. The first is a partial denture, which is a custom made prosthetic that replaces missing teeth. A partial denture can accommodate the healthy biological teeth left in the oral cavity. A full denture, on the other hand, is an entire arch of replacement teeth. This is ideal for patients who have suffered with total tooth loss in the upper and/or lower jaw.
Can dental implants support dentures?
Implant supported dentures have become very popular in recent years. This is because dental implants have been proven to extend the life of dentures. Implants can serve as pillars, similar to the roots of teeth, for dentures. This means that patients enjoy unprecedented comfort and security.
What is All-on-4?
All-on-4 is a specific method for securing dentures to implants. The location of implants with this method is very tactical so that they can retain full arches of teeth. All-on-4 is lauded by patients for increasing prosthetic stability, oral function, and one’s aesthetic.
What makes dental implants so special?
Dental implants have revolutionized the way that oral healthcare professionals approach tooth loss. In the past, prosthetics like bridges and dentures could only address the loss of visible tooth structure and not the loss of the roots of teeth.
Implants are composed of titanium – a biocompatible metal. Bone will integrate and fuse to dental implants over time, locking them in place. Since the bone support implants, patients enjoy improved oral function and ideal bone health.
If you have questions about implant supported dentures and All-on-4, call Dallas Oral Surgery Associates to reserve a tooth replacement consultation with our oral surgeon.