ENDENTULOUS (all teeth missing)
A denture is placed on top of the gum to cover the missing teeth. The main advantage of a denture is cosmetic.
Dentures are a prosthesis not equal to your natural teeth in function. Dentures have reduced chewing power. As with any prosthesis it will take time to learn to use a denture. With practice you will be comfortable eating and speaking with your denture. This will take time.
Your acrylic denture will need to be adjusted a few times within the first weeks of wearing it. Our staff at Dentures Plus will be happy to schedule these adjustments as you need them. These adjustments are to be expected and there will not be an addition fee.
IMPLANT SUPPORTED DENTURE
Implants can be used to stabilize a denture prosthesis. This increases the dentures chewing capabilities and for some people it is a help in speech. Implants will help to prevent further bone loss in the jaw, which maintains your facial profile.
A removable full denture can be connected to either a ball or bar attachment, which in turn is anchored on two or more implants in the jaw.
The implants help keep the denture in place and provide better function and comfort.
FIXED BRIDGE ON IMPLANTS
When all teeth are missing or in such condition that they need to be replaced, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is a solution.
Today, it is possible to replace a full jaw with dental implants and a fixed bridge that results in a stable and highly aesthetic solution.
- Allows you to eat and function as if you have natural teeth
- A solid, stable solution
- Preserves your facial appearance and prevents further bone loss
The treatment procedure and number of visits is largely dependent on the specific conditions. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated.
Installing the fixed bridge
The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult with your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.
1: Before the procedure
The dentist determines what needs to be done and prepares the patient for the coming treatment procedure.
2: Installing the implants
The first step in installing dental implants is to replace the lost tooth roots. In this case, five implants are used. Temporary teeth are attached that enable you to eat and function like normal while waiting for the permanent bridge to be installed.
3: Attaching the bridge
The final bridge is securely installed on top of the implants. With a full jaw replacement like this, it normally takes several visits to have the bridge completely attached.
4: End result
People who have had traditional dentures before getting a fixed bridge often describe this as an overwhelmingly positive experience.