Missing all your teeth can have a devastating impact on quality of life. It often makes people older than they actually feel.
Conventional solutions include adjusting the dentures to the gum tissue with either a dental adhesive or by holding it in place with a close seal along the border of the denture. The success of the conventional solutions depends largely on the amount of residual gum and bone tissue. The looseness of the dentures can lead to an unbalanced diet and poor digestion. The bone loss progresses and the function diminishes also. Here dental implants can play huge role and one of the biggest benefits is restored self esteem. People with securely fitting tooth replacements feel better, look better and enjoy a higher quality of life. There is now the option of getting “teeth in a day” replacing your denture with dental implants being inserted and fixed bridgework placed on the same day , this is known as “all on 4 treatment concept”.
Benefits to you:
No more dentures
Smile with confidence
Ability to eat and bite without the fear of denture becoming loose or falling out
Your implants will normally last a lifetime with proper care and good oral hygiene
For replacement of all teeth we have 2 main options:
Removable teeth replacement on implants.
A removable prosthetic secured on two or more implants using mechanical anchors which retain the prosthetic in a very secure way. An another advantage of these Is that the denture can be removed for cleaning and no more messy adhesives and the sense of taste on the palate is also preserved. Alternative to the anchors is by using a bar to support the dentures this provides added retention and can be removable for easy cleansing.
Fixed Implant Supported Bridge
A fixed prosthesis consists of a dental implant bridge supported by four or more implants. The prosthesis is fixed firmly to the dental implants and the gum remains free. As a result, taste sensation is maintained. Screw retained bridges allow teeth to function without restrictions. This type of bridgework is firmly fixed in place and can only be removed by the dentist.
This gentleman was referred for replacement of his lower teeth with implants as he felt that he could not tolerate a lower denture. Unfortunately his remaining teeth could not be saved and the plan was to extract all of his lower teeth and place 6 dental implants which would hold a fixed bridge. This was carried out uneventfully and he was extremely pleased with the final result and is now planning on having the same procedure on his upper jaw.