Are you overwhelmed by your tooth replacement options? When it comes to replacing lost teeth, today’s patients have more options than their ancestors. Most people have heard of complete and partial dentures but they might not know that there are different methods for securing dentures. For instance, some patients choose to anchor their dentures to dental implants, which improves their function and stability.
Following is a helpful guide to introduce you to your tooth replacement options.
How Dentures are Made
A person’s denture is custom made to fit the unique contours of their jaws and gums. Advanced diagnostics and molds are used to determine the precise dimensions needed to create a complete or partial denture. Once these specifications are determined, laboratory technicians will craft dentures from lifelike materials that resemble natural teeth and the gums.
A complete denture replaces all the teeth in the lower or upper arch (or both). Complete dentures lie on top of the gums, where the curve of the jaw helps support them. Over time, however, dentures can become loose and ill-fitting due to bone atrophy after tooth loss.
Partial dentures only replace the teeth that are missing in the upper or lower arches. They are made to fit alongside existing biological teeth. Partial dentures snap onto the backsides of teeth through clasps.
Implant-Secured Dentures & All-on-4
While dentures produce the appearance of a complete smile, their function can be limited – especially after patients begin losing bone. This is why many people choose to have their dentures anchored to dental implants.
Dental implants are small, screw-shaped components made from titanium. They are surgically embedded into the jawbone and can support prosthetics like dentures and bridges.
All-on-4, for example, is one popular method for anchoring a complete denture to implants. Dental implants are placed in strategic locations throughout the jaw to support the force placed upon dentures during oral function. This improves comfort and allows patients more control when eating.
Custom dentures can drastically change your quality of life. If implant-supported dentures interest you, call our practice to reserve a tooth replacement consultation with our oral surgeon.