Full Denture Alternatives
In other cases different abutment types can be attached to implants for an implant
bar supported overdenture that snaps in place. The prosthesis does not move around,
and can eliminate all pressure off the gums while maintaining the existing bone.
This is a removable implant supported denture and must be taken out daily for cleaning.
Another option that can be used under complete and partial dentures is retentive
O-ring restorations. The male attachment is on the implant, with a precisely fitting
female attachment in the denture or partial. These still require some gum support
but keep the dentures from lifting up and moving. This is a denture that is removable,
and must be taken out daily for cleaning.
For those patients missing all their lower teeth a popular option is the “fixed
detachable” or hybrid denture. After placement it stays in all the time and can
only be removed by your dentist.
For those patients who have not lost significant amounts of bone “standard” crowns
and bridges can be done on a full arch of dental implants. These are cemented in
crowns just like those placed on natural teeth. This is the most natural option
for replacement of all teeth.
is a full arch fixed prosthesis technique. It is a relatively new technique
in the United States but has been done for many years with great success in Europe.
This technique uses fewer implants that are placed at mechanical inclinations to
maximize support. Fewer implants results in lower cost. The All-on-4™
solution has been developed to maximize the use of available bone and to allow in
some situations, immediate function on a full arch prosthesis and avoids covering
the palate with denture plastic. Using only four implants in a toothless jaw, this
treatment option takes advantage of the benefits of tilting the back implants to
provide a secure and optimal prosthetic support for a fixed prosthesis, even with
minimal bone volume. This also allows us to avoid anatomical areas that previously
required bone grafting. The use of angled implant placement eliminates the need
for bone grafting, saves months in healing and thousands of dollars. All-on-4™
time and money and we are excited to make this option available to our patients.