In the past, people missing all of their teeth had no option but dentures. This conventional solution has numerous disadvantages. As the bone continues to melt away, the dentures become loose, and can fall out when laughing, sneezing, or coughing without the use of adhesives. People without their teeth and supporting bone visibly age much faster. Dentures do not look natural, especially when eating and people with dentures cannot eat certain foods, such as steak, corn on the cob and apples. Dentures are uncomfortable and often painful. People with dentures generally have bad breath. Bridges are not anchored into the bone like implants are, but they are anchored to adjacent teeth. This will require preparation of teeth for crowns. Teeth that are anchoring the bridge can no longer be flossed.
These problems can be solved with implant supported bridges and dentures, which are stable (securely fastened to the implants) and maintain the integrity of the facial structures by preserving the bone.
A full bridge is fixed to five or more implants and can only be removed by the dentist.
The implant supported denture is connected via attachments to two or more implants, allowing easy removal. When in place, the denture is firmly attached to the implants and there is no risk of it coming loose. Your exact treatment depends on your individual situation and personal preference. The type and amount of bone, as well as, functional conditions will all play a role in the best treatment option for you.
Implant supporte dentures are more comfortable and stable than traditional dentures. They virtually stop the bone resorption process. The patient's appearance is improved. It is not necessary to cover the roof of the mouth, so food can be tasted. Natural biting and chewing capacity is restored.