For some people, it’s because they already suffer with ill-fitting dentures; for others, it’s because they know that they will be needing dentures in the future. Whatever the reason, now is the perfect time to look into the different options that you have available, including different procedures and restoration methods.
Can I have permanent dentures?
Why should I get removable dentures if I can get permanent ones?
Permanent dentures are much more expensive that the removable kind, and many people will find that removable dentures are a good fit for them, and they do not mind putting them in and taking them out.
I’ve got a few missing teeth – how do implants work?
There are three different options when it comes to have dental implants. In some cases, one missing tooth will be replaced by one dental implant, which is usually made of titanium, and is screwed into your bone. After the healing process, a crown will be placed over it. In other cases, two implants will be used in order to support a bridge, or another piece of dental restoration work, because two or more teeth are missing. Lastly, some people will have several dental implants in order to fit permanent dentures into a patient’s mouth.
I’ve heard of implant-supported dentures – what are they?
Dental bridges will often need the support of dental implants, because they need to be fixed onto something in order to be put into the mouth. This will often require a long healing time, and the patient will have to wait for this to be over before their bridge can be placed into the mouth. However, there is a procedure called All-On-4 which has been designed to allow an arch of dentures to be fitted onto just four posts, and this procedure does not require any bone grafting either. This new treatment is not only much cheaper, but it has a much small healing time, and is less painful.
Can I have the All-On-4 procedure?
If you want permanent dentures with the minimal amount of pain throughout the treatment, at a much lower cost than permanent dentures would usually be, and with a smaller amount of healing time, then the All-On-4 treatment is definitely one you should consider. It has been designed for patients who have no teeth on either their top or bottom jaws.
What happens during the All-On-4 treatment?
If you decide to go for the traditional permanent denture treatment, then you will need to have quite a few dental implants placed into your mouth, and this will require a long recovery time. The All-On-4 treatment plan however just requires four implants, and they will support an entire arch. Your dentist will place two shorter implants at the front of your mouth, and two longer ones at the back of your jaw, and you can have all of this done in just one dental visit – so you can leave with beautiful teeth in just one day.
This is the modern equivalent to the outdated technology of traditional permanent dentures: an improvement on the old removable design, of course, but the All-On-4 treatment is the next step in modern dentistry.
Many patients choose the All-On-4 treatment plan because it allows you chew much easier than with other dentures, returns fullness to your face, and is easier to speak and laugh with than permanent or removable dentures. We have dedicated ourselves to becoming experts in the All-On-4 treatment method, and we would love to talk to you about your different options – because there are always options when it comes to dentures, and we want to help you explore all of yours, so you can make an informed decision that you are comfortable with – (619) 359-6569.