Missing teeth can have a tremendous negative impact on your oral health and quality of life. Those who are missing all of their teeth on one or both arches have several treatment options to explore. Traditional dentures are a common teeth replacement option and serve well when made correctly, but many patients find them less than ideal. If you’ve been a denture-wearer for some time, you understand what a challenge slipping or shifting dentures can be. At Gentle Dental Eagan, we offer full-arch teeth replacement with dental implants. Here, we’ll explore a few of the most common options so you can be well-informed about your treatment.
While a traditional denture rests on the gums and relies on the bone ridge for stability, an implant-supported denture is anchored to dental implants. Serving as artificial teeth roots, implants are embedded into the jawbone during a surgical procedure. An implant-supported denture significantly reduces shifting and slipping and keeps your appliance firmly in place. Best of all, it can be removed every night for easy cleaning and maintenance.
The number of implants necessary is determined by many factors, including bone density and personal preferences. Two implants offer much more support than a conventional denture. Some patients find that four to six implants per arch works best. Dr. Michael can talk with you about your options during a consultation at our practice.
Some patients prefer a non-removable option. In these cases, a fixed implant-supported denture, sometimes called a hybrid denture, is an excellent solution. Like its removable counterpart, a fixed denture attaches directly to implants. The difference is that a fixed denture is permanent – it can only be removed by your dentist. You can eat just like you would with natural teeth. No one will ever know you have a denture!
Because this type of denture is non-removable, proper at-home hygiene is imperative. Ask us about floss threaders, interproximal brushes, and other tools to preserve your oral health.
When teeth have been missing for a while, the jawbone begin to shrink. While this is a gradual process, it could atrophy to the point that traditional implants are not an option. In the past, if a patient didn’t qualify for standard implants, the only other option was a traditional denture.
All-on-4® implants are a fantastic alternative for individuals with substantial bone loss. This method replaces an entire dental arch using just four implants. The implant posts are placed strategically to maximize existing bone tissue. Typically, two implants are placed vertically near the front of the jaw, and two implants are placed at an angle near the back of the jaw. In most cases, a temporary restoration can be added on the same day the implants are placed. Once healing is complete, the temporary can be replaced with the final restoration.
The answer to this question will vary from patient to patient. Implants need time to heal. Three to six months is usually sufficient unless bone grafting, sinus lifts, or other preparatory procedures are required. However, we understand how important appearance is to our patients. We will always ensure that you have a temporary healing denture to wear until you’re ready for your final restoration.
If you’re missing teeth – whether it’s one, multiple, or all of them – dental implants could be a wonderful solution for you. To learn more about the dental implant treatment process, schedule a consultation at our Eagan, MN practice. Call us at (651) 452-5511 or contact us online anytime.