For years, dentures have been the most popular choice for replacing a full arch of missing teeth. These false teeth, which are set in an acrylic base, are supported directly on your gums. Despite all the advancements that have been made in recent years, dentures can present problems for many wearers, including slipping out of place and causing sores. At Dallas Prosthodontics, we offer the latest alternative to traditional dentures: dental implants.
Replacing All Your Teeth: Know Your Options
Overdentures (Hybrids)Fixed overdentures are one of the most popular implant options. This is because the dentures are permanently screwed in place. The only time they are removed is if we need to perform maintenance on the false teeth.
Removable overdentures are not screwed in place. Instead, your false teeth clip or snap into place on a metal bar that is attached to the dental implants. These teeth are fused together as a single unit and are meant to be removed each night for cleaning.
There are a couple of different reasons why a removable overdenture would be chosen over fixed dental implants:
Removable Overdenture CostThere are indications for fixed (non-removable) and removable implant treatment. Sometimes, one has the choice of having either one based on your presenting situation. If you cannot afford fixed dental implants, but still want most of the benefits that implants have to offer, removable overdentures tend to cost less.
Bone Mass for ImplantsYour ability to get implants depends heavily on the condition of your jawbone. Without sufficient bone mass, implants will most likely fail, unable to fuse properly with the bone. But just because you have experienced bone loss, that does not automatically disqualify you from implants. Removable overdentures rely on fewer implants, which can be strategically placed based on the condition of your jaw. And not only will the false teeth restore your abilities to eat and speak, the bar that anchors the teeth helps to fill out your face, restoring its shape to what it was before the bone loss occurred.
Facial AestheticsThe upper lip requires a certain amount of bone to maintain its tonicity. Once advanced bone loss has occurred, it will be necessary to replace the bone with a plastic flange. A removable overdenture contains a flange that will help support the upper lip and maintain proper aesthetics. This flange prevents access for hygiene so it can only be utilized with removable prostheses.
What are Dental Implants?Dental implants are small, titanium rods that are surgically inserted into your jawbone. Once the rods fuse with the bone, you have a strong support for false teeth. Implants can be used to replace any number of missing teeth, from one to an entire arch. The number of implants required depends upon your specific needs. Implants take into account that everyone’s needs are different. As such, there are different types, including single tooth and multiple tooth replacements as well as overdentures. Overdentures replace the full arch of missing teeth. While fixed overdentures are one of the most popular choices, we also offer removable overdentures as well.
Benefits of ImplantsImplants offer you several benefits over traditional dentures including:
How do implants preserve the jawbone? The roots of your teeth stimulate the jawbone. When this happens, messages are sent to your body that nutrients are required. When you lose teeth, this stimulation is lost so your jaw receives fewer nutrients. As a result, your jawbone begins to weaken and change shape. If you wear dentures, the bone loss still happens and you will need to get new dentures every few years. Implants imitate the roots of your natural teeth, stimulating the bone and helping it to remain strong.