Unleashing Confidence

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One of life’s greatest luxuries lies in the simple act of eating, and having a healthy smile plays a vital role in our ability to do so.

Did you know that wearing traditional dentures can reduce life expectancy by 10 years? A study published in Geriatrics and Gerontology stated that this may be because people with dentures have a weaker bite and avoid healthy, sometimes crunchy, foods.

Traditional denture wearers may also experience irritated gums, blisters, chronic ear pain, headaches, and difficulty chewing, which can lead to indigestion and nutritional deficiencies. Fortunately, implant-supported dentures can improve quality of life.

Fortunately, implant-supported dentures can improve quality of life.

Implant-supported dentures can help restore the joy of eating, facilitating social connections and creating lasting sensory experiences. They offer improved stability, functionality, and bite force compared to traditional removable dentures, which may be unstable and uncomfortable.

Fixed implant dentures, also known as (All-ON-4®), or permanent dentures, are securely attached to dental implants that are surgically placed in the jaw. The patient cannot remove these dentures. They can be done in just one day, and regardless of any remaining teeth, a person can walk into the office and leave with a full set of teeth.

Benefits: Excellent stability, much like natural teeth.

Durability: They are made from strong, quality materials; they are built to last! Aesthetics: They provide a natural appearance and help maintain facial structure.

Efficiency: Only four implants are needed to support a full arch (or to replace all uppers or lowers).

Considerations: They are typically more expensive due to the surgical procedure and materials, but they are a long-term investment in oral health.

Maintenance: Requires yearly dental visits for cleaning and maintenance.

Removable or snap-on dentures snap onto dental implants but can be removed for cleaning and maintenance. These types of dentures require a healing period, during which the patient wears a traditional denture while the implants heal (integrate). Once the implants have been integrated, the snap-on dentures can be fabricated and “snapped” on.

Benefits: Less expensive than the fixed implant dentures, but you still get the benefit of significantly stronger bite force.

Comfort: more comfortable than traditional dentures, providing better support and less irritation.

Considerations: Stability-While more stable than traditional dentures, they are not as secure as fixed implant dentures.

Maintenance: Both the dentures and the implants require proper cleaning and care; the snap parts may need to be replaced more often than with a fixed prosthesis.

Choosing the Right Option

Selecting the appropriate type of implant denture depends on several factors, such as the oral health condition of your jawbone and gums.

A thorough exam by a dental professional can determine if you need preparatory procedures, such as a bone graft.

Budget: Consider the initial cost and long-term benefits. While implant dentures can be expensive, they often provide better value over time due to their durability and reduced maintenance.

Lifestyle: Your lifestyle and personal preferences play a significant role. For example, fixed implant dentures might be the best choice if you prefer a non-removable option.

Comfort and convenience: Evaluate how important it is for you to have removable vs non-removable dentures.

Removable options offer easier cleaning, while fixed options offer more stability.

Implant dentures offer a reliable and effective solution for tooth replacement, enhancing both function and appearance. Options range from fixed to removable dentures. The highest-quality implant dentures are completed through a team approach that includes the oral surgeon, a dental laboratory, and a dentist. Consult with your dentist to determine the best option tailored to your needs and ensure a healthier, more confident smile!

Dr. Gina Rinehart