Have you chipped a tooth on your denture? While this scenario presents an inconvenience, denture repair is an option. When dentures become chipped, an oral health professional can repair it by replacing the broken portion of a prosthetic’s tooth with a new one. Denture repair can save you time and money but it isn’t your only option.
The other option is replacing the denture all together. If your dentures are uncomfortable or old, you might want to consider upgrading to implant supported dentures (All-on-4). Our oral surgeons offer All-on-4 to increase oral function and quality of life. Anchoring dentures to dental implants can boost the longevity of prosthetic teeth, too.
What are implant supported dentures?
Implant supported dentures means that dentures are retained (supported) by dental implants. One method for securing dentures to implants is called “All-on-4”, which involves anchoring arches of teeth to strategically placed dental implants. The placement of implants in the jaw is very important because they will be distributing the forces associated with oral function throughout the mouth.
What are the benefits of All-on-4?
All-on-4 is advantageous to edentulous patients for many reasons. First, dentures will be supported beneath the surface of the gums, which will keep them from moving doing oral function.
Furthermore, implants slow down the physiological and emotional effects of bone atrophy. They will help keep bone active so that patients can maintain a youthful appearance and a healthier occlusion. Bone health will help dentures last longer by ensuring that they fit comfortably and properly, too, as bone deterioration can affect the performance and comfort of prosthetic teeth.
Why visit an oral surgeon?
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) is a dentist with advanced education and training to perform oral healthcare treatments like dental implantation, tooth extractions, and jaw surgery. Oral surgeons must also pass rigorous examinations for their board certification.
Many OMS practitioners take continuing education and other advanced training to stay up to date with the latest advancements in dental implantation procedures. They are experts at planning treatment and embedding implants for single – and multiple – tooth replacement.
If you have questions about your tooth replacement options, call our team at EverSmile to schedule a dental implant consultation.