The dental implants, which resemble small screws made of titanium, are surgically placed in the jawbone. In effect, a dental implant replaces the tooth’s natural root. Each implant is inserted into the gums and jawbone through a small incision. One of the advantages of implant-supported dentures is that fewer implants can be placed than teeth. For complete upper dentures, between six and eight implants are placed. For complete lower dentures, four to five implants are placed. After the implants have been placed, the gums and bone will take three to six months to grow in around the implant, a process called osseointegration.
Implants has become increasing popular and revolutionized the industry over the past 15 years due to its high success rates. Many denture wearers today choose to have implants retain their dentures for miles of better comfort and functionality compared to conventional dentures. A titanium screw (implant) is placed inside your bone by a dentist. The bone will then bio-intergrade with the implant and hold it in place. The implant can then later be used to hold dentures in the mouth, providing a much more superior stable denture.
The All-on-4™ is a revolutionary approach for patients who have lost, or are in the process of losing, all their teeth. With the All-on-4™ same day solution you’ll be able to eat and chew whatever you like, just as if you had natural, healthy teeth. We can restore the look, strength and function of natural teeth in one day!
Unlike dentures, the All-on-4™ is fixed in place in your mouth using four Nobel Biocare dental implants. With the All-on-4™, your set of beautiful new teeth is attached to the dental implants. The teeth can only be removed by your dental implant specialist.
A few short years ago, a permanent solution for an arch of upper or lower missing teeth required six or more dental implants and often required a year or more of healing. This meant wearing an uncomfortable denture during the entire treatment. With the All-on-4™ same day solution, you can have an interim set of implant-supported teeth the same day, so you never go without.
Although traditional dentures will provide more biting force than a mouthful of missing teeth, it is still far less than can be achieved with real teeth - or implant-supported dentures. Dentures that are anchored by dental implants will triple the patient's biting force, when compared to traditional dentures, making it easier to eat crunchy, tough, and chewy foods. In addition, implant-supported dentures will not move out of place, even when pressure is applied to the prosthetic when eating.
It is common for patients with traditional dentures to mumble, slur their speech, or make clicking noises when speaking. This is caused by tense facial muscles that are struggling to keep poorly fitting dentures in their proper position. With implant-supported dentures, these problems can be a thing of the past. When the dentures are secured to dental implants that have become fully integrated with your jaw bone, they will not move around or become displaced. This greatly improves a patient's ability to speak clearly.
The prosthetic that is attached to the dental implants is custom made to fit over the patient's gums. After you have undergone dental implant surgery and your gums have fully healed, an impression is taken of the gums (and any remaining teeth) so the dentures can be fabricated for an optimal fit.
Implant-supported dentures are more comfortable for two reasons. First, the dental technician or prosthodontist will craft dentures that offer a good fit. Second, the dentures will stay in their ideal position, permanently, because they are securely attached to the dental implants that have been surgically embedded into the jaw bone.
Custom-made porcelain dentures are crafted to look like your natural teeth (or an improved version of your natural teeth). Great care is taken to design and fabricate a set of teeth that not only look natural, but also complement the size and shape of your mouth. Dentists may first create wax versions of the dentures so patients can try on their new teeth on before the final dentures are made; this process allows for design modifications and fit adjustments that can be applied to the final set of dentures.
Once the dentures have been fabricated, the dentist will attach them to the implants using a ball or stud attachment. Securing the dentures to implants will ensure that they stay in place even when pressure and biting force is applied, making the dentures feel more like natural teeth than replacement teeth.
Implant-supported dentures do not require the use of sticky, messy, foul-tasting dental adhesives. Patients can finally stop buying these products and no longer have to spend time trying to keep their dentures in place. Instead, patients can focus on caring for their dentures in the same manner that they would care for real teeth; patients should brush twice a day, floss daily, and visit the dentist every six months.
When a patient loses their teeth, the jaw bone recognizes that it is no longer serving its purpose of supporting the tooth. As a result, the jaw bone begins to degenerate. The only way to stop this process is to replace some of the missing teeth's roots with dental implants. Once an implant has been placed, the jaw bone will begin to regenerate, thereby improving the patient's overall oral health.
Traditional dentures rest on the gums, which provide the support for these dental appliances. Unfortunately, the dentures eventually wear down the gum tissue, resulting in "shrinking gums". As the gums recede, the dentures become loose and require additional adjustments to improve their fit because implant-supported dentures are supported by dental implants rather than the gums, patients do not experience this degeneration of gum tissue.
Implant-supported dentures can increase a patient's confidence level by improving the ability to eat and speak, as well as the appearance of the smile. Patients no longer have to worry about the embarrassment that is caused when dentures slip out of place while in the middle of a conversation or out to eat with friends.
We guarantee a well-fitting, pain free and functional denture or your money back. However, satisfaction may vary in between patients. We will ensure that every setback, will be accounted for, within reasonable means. Our staff will educate all of our clients in regards to maintenance of their appliance to set out a long lasting product.