If you’ve lost all or some of your natural teeth, dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. There are various types of dentures.
A partial denture can replace groups of teeth or a few teeth scattered across the lower or upper jaw. All partial dentures attach to remaining teeth and have a gum-colored portion meant to blend in with the existing gum. They also have prosthetic teeth to replace the missing teeth.
Traditional dentures have metal hooks. Santa Teresa Dental offers Valplast dentures. This type of denture uses hooks that are colored to match the gums, thus hiding them. They are also a lighter weight denture making them more comfortable to wear.
Full dentures are similar to partial dentures in that they are prosthetic teeth and gums used to replace missing teeth.
The main difference between full and partial dentures is that full dentures are a total replacement system for either upper or lower teeth and, in some cases, both.
Implant-supported overdentures are a newer alternative to dentures, combining conventional denture technology with modern advancements in dental implants.
By establishing two implanted attachments to the lower jaw, an overdenture is able to sit securely in place to instantly increase retention, stability, and comfort. This is especially important in lower-jaw full-denture situations where traditional dentures tend to have less adhesion due to a limited foundation and the tongue muscle dislodging the prosthetic teeth.
Another benefit of overdentures compared to traditional dentures is the limited amount of bone loss where the implants are placed, which helps to preserve the jawbone and facial structure.
Implant-Supported Fixed Hybrid Dentures also known as all-on-4s are an excellent alternative for patients who are missing all of their teeth. As few as four implants are used to support a complete toothless arch. The procedure can be completed in just one appointment. Once the surgical procedure of inserting the implants into the jawbone has been completed, the fixed dentures are then attached to the implants. The patients walk out of surgery with a complete set of new teeth on the same day!
All-on-4s are different from traditional dentures because they are permanent. They are not removable. Patients brush and clean them like natural teeth.
Overall, when considering full dentures, an implant-supported overdenture or an implant-supported fixed hybrid denture can provide the most successful, satisfying, cost-effective, and longest-lasting treatment option.