For someone missing all or most of their teeth, the thought of implant supported dentures can be very confusing. With so many options available, which one is best? It will depend on your case and your needs which you can discuss with your implant dentist in Dallas, Texas.
There are four common types of implant supported dentures.
Permanent dentures are secured in the mouth with dental implants. This is a term used to imply that the dentures are not temporary and are not like your standard denture that just sits on the gums.
Fixed full-arch implant supported bridges
This type of denture is a fixed dental bridge and consists of 4 to 8 implants. One common type of fixed full-arch denture is one on the top and one on the bottom, with six implants each. This is similar to an all-on-4. However, the difference between this type of bridge and an all-on-4 is that if an implant is to fail, the treatment can still be a success because of the remaining implants. Also, it is nicer looking and is more sturdy.
Implant Supported Dentures or All on 4
An “all-on-4” consists of four dental implants that attach to an implant supported denture. Sometimes, there can be more than four implants. This is also called a hybrid denture.
An all-on-4 is a great option for patients who want a denture that stays in all the time. However, there are some disadvantages when you compare an all-on-4 to an implant supported bridge.
- An all-on-4 usually has less implants, providing less teeth in the back of the mouth.
- If one of the four implants were to fail, the denture may not function properly anymore.
Implant Retained Dentures
An implant retained denture has a removable appliance and consists of 2 or more implants. This type of implant denture is more like a traditional denture than other available options. It provides more support than a traditional denture but you will still get sore spots. Periodic relining is needed as the gum and bone tissue change over time. It’s a step up from a regular denture but won’t provide the stability that other implant dentures offer.
An implant overdenture is a removable appliance that attaches to four or more dental implants. A metal bar may be used to support the denture. Prices for an implant overdenture can generally range from $16,000 to $25,000 per arch in Dallas, TX. The cost can vary depending on the amount of available bone, number of implants, esthetics and more.
The advantage to an implant overdenture is that you can take it out to clean underneath it.
Implant Dentures Cost
As you can see, the cost of implant dentures varies greatly and depends on a number of factors. The quality of materials used, number of teeth that need replacing, and the health of your gums all play a role in determining implant denture pricing.
Implants versus Dentures
How do dental implants compare to dentures, you might ask? Dentures have become very modern and realistic over the years, being very helpful for those missing teeth. Nonetheless, dentures come with their own host of issues and are far from perfect.
One of the biggest drawbacks is the fact that dentures require adhesive or paste, which must be applied repeatedly. Not to mention, the adhesives are not exactly 100% reliable. They can slip out and move around causing an embarrassing or frustrating situation when eating or speaking. Lower dentures have the most trouble staying in place and usually cause sores and gum irritation over time. Case in point: traditional dentures are difficult to secure. Lastly, Dentures must be replaced after they wear out and require a lot of cleaning and maintenance.
As an alternative to regular dentures, dental implants are now available. Dental implants function and look like natural teeth. They are a non-removable and modern treatment for those who are missing teeth.
A natural-looking crown (the part of the tooth that is visible above the gumline) attaches to an abutment. The abutment is secured into metal posts which are placed in the jawbone. They are very comfortable and strong and do not slip or move around because they are anchored in place. Implants are easy to care for: just brush, floss and see your dentist regularly. They are designed to be natural, long-lasting replacements for missing teeth and many can last a lifetime.
One of the biggest benefits to implants, compared to dentures, is that they preserve the jawbone. They add support to the jaw and help prevent further bone and gum deterioration by replacing the missing teeth roots. Without implants to preserve the current state of the jawbone, further deterioration can lead to more bone recession and can even cause the face to have a “collapsed” appearance.
Implants are a superior alternative to traditional dentures. They provide a solution that is as close as it gets to natural teeth. Not only that, dental implants preserve the jawbone and facial structure. They are an ideal replacement for missing or damaged teeth.
Snap-in dentures are a great treatment for patients who are missing all of their teeth. They combine the comfort and durability of the dental implant with the affordability and full-chewing surface of a traditional denture, making it a great way to feel confident when you smile.
The full snap-on denture is anchored by a minimal number of metal posts, which are implanted in the jaw. Your comfort and confidence will increase as the snap-on denture eliminates the need for adhesives and creams. You will no longer feel insecure during social gatherings with snap-in dentures. And they eliminate the need for those messy creams to help keep dentures from slipping and moving around.
Schedule a consultation with us today at our office near Dallas, Texas and we can explore your options for implant dentures. Your new smile awaits you!
Implant Dentures Pros and Cons
Benefits of Implant Dentures
Implant supported dentures have some major benefits when compared to traditional dentures. A couple of them are:
- Implant supported dentures stay in place when you eat, speak and smile.
- Implant supported dentures improve your overall oral health.
Improved Ability to Eat
Implant dentures provide far more biting and chewing force than traditional dentures. With implant dentures, you will have triple biting force (compared to traditional dentures) which will make it easier to eat chewy, crunchy or tough foods. Additionally, implant dentures will not move around when eating, even with biting pressure.
Improved Ability to Speak
With traditional dentures, many people experience annoying or embarrassing clicking noises when speaking. It’s also common for people with dentures to slur their speech or mumble because the facial muscles are struggling to keep them in their proper position. These problems can be a thing of the past with implant supported dentures. They are fully placed in your jaw and will not become displaced or move around. This will allow you to speak clearly.
The appliance that attaches to the dental implants is custom made to fit. After your gums and bone have healed from dental implant surgery, an impression is made of any remaining teeth and the gums so the dentures can be made for a perfect fit.
Implant supported dentures are much more comfortable than traditional dentures. Firstly, they are crafted to fit your mouth perfectly by your doctor. Secondly, the dental implant posts will prevent any further bone deterioration meaning your mouth will stay practically the same shape. Thirdly, since the implants are surgically placed in the jaw, they will permanently stay secure in their ideal position.
Looks and Feels More Natural
Implant dentures are custom-made to look like natural teeth. They are made to complement the shape and size of your mouth and great care is taken in designing and crafting them. Once the dentures have been made, your doctor will use a ball or stud attachment to secure them to the implants. The implant dentures will feel more like natural teeth than replacement teeth because they will stay in place even when biting force pressure is applied.
Don’t Require Dental Adhesives
The use of messy and bad-tasting adhesives is not needed with implant supported dentures. You can finally stop wasting money on these products and will no longer need to spend time trying to keep your teeth in place. With implant dentures, you care for them the same way you would care for natural teeth: brush twice a day, floss once a day and visit your dentist twice a year.
Stops Dissolution of the Jaw Bone
When a tooth is lost, the jawbone begins to degenerate when it recognizes that it no longer needs to support a tooth. Dental implants to replace missing teeth are the only way to stop this process. The jawbone will begin to regenerate and improve your overall oral health, once the implants have been placed.
Doesn’t Wear Down the Gums
Traditional dentures are supported by sitting on the gums but this will eventually wear down and shrinks the gum tissue. Over time, the dentures will become loose and require adjustments to fit again as the gums recede.
Patients with implant supported dentures do not have gums that degenerates because the dentures are supported by the implants, rather than gum tissue itself.
The confidence of patients with implant supported dentures is regained with their improved ability to speak and eat as well as the appearance of their smile. They no longer have to deal with embarrassing situations when their dentures slip out of place while talking or eating.
Implant Denture Risks
The best treatment option available for people who are missing most or all of their teeth is an implant supported denture. When good oral hygiene is maintained and a qualified doctor performs the surgery, the procedure has a very high success rate. That’s not to say there aren’t any risks or complications that may arise. Here is an overview of denture implant complications that can affect the denture, implant or abutment.
Implant Failure Complications
There are a small amount of cases where a dental implant will fail even though the success rates are high. Most implant failure can be prevented by selecting an experienced implant dentist in Dallas, TX and maintaining good oral health. Failure of dental implants is most common in the upper jaw.
Possible reasons for implants to fail include:
Loosening of the screws: The abutment is attached to the dental implant with a screw. To prevent any damage to the implant, loose screws need to be replaced immediately.
Screw fracture: In the case of screw fractures, this can happen when the hardware cannot sustain the force exerted upon it or if there is a defect.
Implant fracture: If the implant is overloaded with force, it can break or fracture into pieces. This can be caused by improper positioning of the dental implant, wrong type, size or length of implant, or too many implants placed in the jaw.
Loose implants: Loose implants can happen for a number of reasons: a poor-quality implant was placed, there was insufficient bone to support the post, or the replacement teeth and abutment have been placed too soon.
Inadequate bone support: Before implant surgery, the dentist should be able to determine if there is enough bone to support and cover the implant post. If there is not enough bone material, bone grafting can be done to prepare the jaw for the implants. If there is insufficient bone support, the implants can fail.
Bone loss around the implant: Bone loss can still occur after the post is implanted because of poor oral hygiene or too much bite pressure being applied to the implants.
Infection: Infections of the bone, tissues, and ligaments surrounding the implant can cause failure. Anytime surgery is performed, patients are at an increased risk for developing an infection. Infections can also occur from poor oral hygiene maintenance.
Osseointegration problems: Osseointegration is the process of where the titanium post integrates with the jawbone. Problems with this stage are most often caused by smoking, certain medications, poor oral hygiene or if there is insufficient bone.
The abutment is attached to the implant post around three to six months after surgery. Sometimes, abutments need repairs as they become warn and complications can arise. Some patients have reported the following complications with abutments.
Attachment fractures: Abutments can become cracked if an implant is overloaded. Fractured or cracked abutments should be replaced immediately.
Retention loss of the clips: The abutments may need replacing if the clips that attach the dentures become loose.
Clip fractures: Clips that attach the dentures may crack or break, requiring replacement.
Attachments becoming dislodged: Attachments can move out of place due to the high degree of force exerted upon them. Visit your dentist to repair or replace any attachments that may have become dislodged.
Failure of the abutment screw: The abutment screw can fail if the incorrect size, type or length of screw was used to attach it to the implant post.
Abutment defects: Abutments can have defects, increasing the risk of retention loss, fractures or displacement.
Overdentures can have the following complications.
Malformation of the ball sockets: Initially, overdentures have ball abutments that fit precisely into the sockets. Over time, abutments may no longer fit into the socket if it becomes deformed.
Fractures or cracks in the porcelain prosthetic: Replacement or repair may be needed if the artificial crowns ever become cracked or fractured.
Retention problems: Repair may be needed due to excessive wear on the denture attachment pieces, making them less effective.
Poor stability: Defective or damaged attachment pieces can cause poor stability. Your doctor can examine the abutment pieces and dentures to determine the cause.
Occlusion: Denture occlusions can cause an overload of pressure, instability and pain. Your doctor should check your bite to make sure the dentures will stay in place and are comfortable.
Contact us at our office near Dallas, TX today to schedule an implant dentures consultation.