Dentures are dental prostheses often referred to as ‘False Teeth’ or ‘Falsies’ made of coloured acrylic that can be used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth or a full set of teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. When constructed properly, their appearance can be just as natural as the teeth they are replacing. However, the BIGGEST PROBLEMS patients encounter with dentures are, lack of retention and movement that can cause pain, gum irritation and of course – looseness that can cause them to fall out of the mouth. In addition, the wearing of dentures can cause an alteration to one’s sense of taste and all of these problems can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life.
Fixed Implant Dentures
One way of overcoming the problems associated with dentures is having implants placed to support them. An implant supported denture / bridge replacing teeth in an entire arch may be made to look good and feel like new natural teeth. Implants are placed in the jawbone and a denture like prosthesis can be attached to them – these can only be removed by the dentist. The implant denture / bridge can be constructed from a variety of materials with the costs varying significantly.
Benefits Of Fixed Implant Dentures / Bridges
- Eliminates embarrassing unstable and loose dentures
- Immediate placement – In some cases, implants can be placed and loaded with the new teeth within 1-2 days from the time of approval.
- An implant is not needed for every missing tooth
See the official “All On 4” dedicated website that discusses implant supported dentures / bridges in detail at www.allon4.com.au
Implant Supported Removable Dentures – Overdentures
Implants can also be placed into the jaw bone to help retain what is called an ‘overdenture’, that is clipped on and off by the patient.
In the bottom jaw (mandible), a minimum of 2 implants are required for a removable implant-retained denture. The denture has two fitting components called that clip onto matching components placed on the 2 conventional implants called Locators™.
In the upper jaw (Maxilla), a minimum of 4 conventional implants are required (ideally 5 or 6 implants). These are often joined by a metal bar that carries the Locators™ components allowing the denture to be clipped on and off for easier cleaning.
Advantages of Overdentures
- Stabilises your existing denture or new denture on 2-6 implants dependent upon which jaw. The upper jaw requires 4-6 implants to support an upper denture and the lower jaw requires a minimum of 2 implants to support a lower denture.
- Overdentures eliminates the looseness of dentures, however it is still able to move a little and food particles can still get stuck underneath the denture causing gum and mucosal irritation.
- Overdentures can be a more cost effective treatment option due to fewer implants being placed and cheaper components being used.
- The overdentures (teeth) are easy to remove and keep clean
- Provides good aesthetics for the teeth and facial profile, providing an option when lip support is needed or desirable for facial aesthetics
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Please call the CDIC Dental to discuss your denture needs.