These come in a variety of options, each having the benefit of added stability and retention. They can be either;
- implant-supported (removable)
- implant-retained (fixed by screws)
Regardless of the type of implant prosthetic that fits your budget, implants can improve your quality of life. Implants allow the denture to have shorter extensions (flanges), making them less bulky and more comfortable to wear. Implants can also eliminate the need to cover the palate by replacing the need for a suction effect in an upper denture.
Fixed or implant-retained dentures utilize implants to secure a full arch of teeth into the bone in order to achieve maximum function. When planned properly, they can be highly esthetic and have the potential to last for a lifetime with regular service and maintenance.
7 Signs You Need Dentures
- You are an adult with loose teeth: Loose teeth often are a sign of advanced gum disease and it may be time for dentures.
- Chronic and severe toothaches: Severe tooth pain can be a sign of deep decay (deep cavities), infection, fracture, and could mean that the tooth/teeth need to be extracted. If extractions are necessary, the number and quality of teeth that remain will determine whether a full or a partial denture is needed.
- Red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums: Gum disease is the cause of approximately 70% of adult tooth loss, and affects three out of four people at some point in their lives. If you notice tender gums, this is an early sign that it’s time to head to the dentist. If left untreated, gum disease can progress to bone loss, tooth loss, and the possible need for dentures.
- You already have missing teeth: If some of your teeth are already missing, the remaining teeth are likely suffering from the added pressure. Without a partial or another form of replacement, the remaining teeth are in jeopardy of shifting and tipping which in turn can lead to major bite problems that may not be easily addressed.
- You can’t eat your favorite foods: Not being able to eat the foods you love can be very frustrating. Most patients who seek out fixed implant dentures (hybrids or all-on-4’s) state that this is a common reason for doing so.
- You have frequent heartburn or stomach aches: This is a surprising sign of dental issues, but when you can’t chew your food properly, or heat healthy foods, it can be very hard on your stomach and digestive system.
- You’re not smiling anymore: Although dentures can take some getting used to, the majority of denture wearers can smile with confidence. Missing or damaged teeth can impact your self-esteem and cause you to hide your smile from those you love.
Types of Dentures We Offer
At Charette Prosthodontics in Louisville, KY, we offer several different types of dentures. Based on your exact needs and preferences, Dr. Charette will recommend the type that will help create your perfect smile. Let’s take a look at the different types of dentures available.
These are also known as hybrids, all on 4’s, fixed dentures, or implant dentures. They are meant to replace all of the teeth on either or both arches with prosthetics that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. These prosthetics are the Cadillac of tooth replacement for a full arch or full mouth of missing teeth.
Like all implant therapy, the ability to receive a hybrid prosthetic is dependent upon the amount of bone available to support the number, and position, of implants, required. Some patients will need to have a bone reduction to create enough space for the restorative material, while others will require bone augmentation or sinus lift to add bone width or height, and sometimes both.