For patients who have problems wearing a partial or complete denture and are looking to take the next step in securing their denture with dental implants we offer a comprehensive dental implant service.
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is placed in the jawbone where natural teeth have been lost. They act as a secure anchor for one or more artificial teeth, such as a denture or bridge.
In cases where several or all teeth are being replaced, it is not necessary to have an implant for each missing tooth. Only a couple of implants can secure a whole denture or bridge.
Anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine tooth extraction can get an implant. Please call us for a complimentary consultation or to get more information about this life changing treatment.
Gum disease, typically starting with gingivitis, is often characterized by swollen, red, bleeding, or receding gums. A periodontal infection can ultimately destroy the bone surrounding your teeth, and may cause you to lose your teeth if left untreated. Periodontal disease has also been linked to serious health problems, such as heart attack, diabetes, respiratory infections, and stroke. Although periodontal disease cannot be cured, it can be controlled with dental treatment. The removal of harmful bacteria from the gums can stop the infection from getting worse, and regular check-ups can keep it under control. In those cases of advanced gum disease however, extracting the jeopardized teeth and placement of implants or regular dentures may be necessary.
Natural teeth are attached to our jawbone. As long as we have our natural teeth and there are no disease processes existing, like periodontal disease/diabetes or any destructive dental conditions like previous trauma or bite abnormalities, the lower jawbone can be expected to remain healthy and intact.
This is important for people with and without their natural teeth. Those unfortunate enough to have lost some or all of their natural teeth, will inevitably undergo bone resorption. This loss of bone structure makes the wearing of complete and partial regular dentures more and more difficult as we age.
This inevitable shrinkage is more rapid when the teeth are first extracted and slows to a gradual but ongoing pace for the rest of our life. Bone shrinks at different rates and different amounts for everyone but the end result for denture wearers is dentures that slip and move more than ever before.
Hope exists however with the advent of implant technology. Years of research have proven that replacing the roots of extracted teeth with implants helps stimulate and preserve the jawbone. Thus avoiding the sunken aged appearance that inevitably follows bone loss.
Jawbone with natural teeth
Jawbone immediately after extractions
Jawbone 10 years after extractions
Jawbone 30 years after extractions…implants can help prevent bone shrinkage from happening
What can dental implants do for you?
- They can replace 1 or more teeth without affecting other adjacent teeth.
- They can provide support for a denture making it more secure than you ever thought possible.
- They can make chewing and wearing dentures very comfortable.
- They can slow the facial aging process by preserving your jaw bone.
Implant care has advanced greatly over the years and with the increased sophistication of the treatment also has come the increased accuracy and safety of the procedure. Dentures over implants have now become standard care in denture treatment.
As part of our team, the dental professionals who place your implants have at their disposal the most sophisticated and accurate computer aided implant software and tools.
With the use of a non-invasive 20 second CT Scan (sophisticated x-ray), they can increase the accuracy of the procedure and possibly minimize post operative discomfort and make the entire treatment more predictable.
There are varying types of IMPLANT DENTURES to choose from:
1. Removable Implant Dentures
As the name implies, these implant dentures are patient removable. This allows the patient to easily clean the implants and the denture. The two main types are: Locator Attachment Implant Dentures and Bar Retained Implant Dentures.
a) Locator Attachment Implant Dentures
Each implant that has been placed in the jaw bone can have a small, gold, locator (male) attachment secured to it. This locator attachment snaps into a corresponding female attachment which is secured into the underside of the denture. When the patient seats the denture in his/her mouth it snaps securely onto the locator attachment.
b) Bar Retained Implant Dentures
The implants that have been placed in the jaw bone can have a thin fence-like bar secured to them, splinting the implants together. When the denture is made, clips are incorporated into the underside of the denture. When the patient seats the denture in the mouth onto the bar, the clips clamp onto the bar and secure the denture in place firmly. This treatment tends to be more supportive as the bar is taking some of the chewing load.
2. Fixed Implant Denture/Bridge
Fixed implant prosthesis are, as the name implies, fixed to the dental implants and the patient cannot retrieve them thus making them more like natural teeth. Within this category are Single tooth, multiple tooth, and full fixed denture replacement. Fixed prosthesis are usually the most desirable implant treatment, however depending on the individual situation they may or may not be indicated.
a) Fixed Implant Bridge
When two or more teeth are missing side by side in either the posterior or anterior of the mouth, a fixed implant bridge can be placed. The Dentist or Oral surgeon first places the implants and they are allowed to bond with your jaw bone for approximately 3-4 months. Once this occurs we can then fabricate the bridge to match your surrounding natural teeth and fix it to the implants, thus eliminating the need for a bulky partial denture.
b) Fixed Implant Denture
When all remaining teeth are missing in the either the upper or lower arch 2-8 implants can be placed and a very special denture can be made which is fixed to the implants. This is the most secure and comfortable denture a patient can have. Home cleaning and hygiene of this prosthesis is one similar to natural teeth by brushing, flossing and using a water-pik.
Upper (eliminates palate of denture)
3. Marius Bridge
The Marius Bridge an implant retained denture that is currently being presented to patients as a fixed bridge but is actually still removable by the patient. It is this dual benefit that makes this prosthetic option unique to denture wearers. Not only can the patients have the maximum retentive benefits of a fixed denture (bridge) but they can also still remove it for cleaning.
The Marius Bridge utilizes a very thin, unique style of bar that is precision milled in titanium. This structure is attached to the implants by the Denturist/Dentist and the patient simply attaches the denture to this structure by virtue of a locking pin thus making it far superior to standard, bar retained dentures.
- Stable as a fixed bridge (denture)
- Patient removable for cleaning
- Omit palatal coverage in an upper denture
- Easily removed for unexpected denture repairs
- Maximum comfort
- Less speech deflection
- Great esthetics
Marius Bridge Pin Lock
Milled Titanium Bar of
Underside of Marius Bridge
4. Permanent Teeth In A Day (All-On-4)
By combining several implant technologies our team can now offer our patients permanent, fixed dentures faster than conventional denture implant treatment. For those patients whom are good candidates, this treatment allows us to place fewer implants which is a cost savings and secure a permanent denture all in the same day.
ALL-ON-4 or PERMANENT TEETH IN A DAY
Patients suffering with uncomfortable and painful dentures now have a clinically proven, FDA accepted treatment option for replacing missing or non-functional teeth in just one day. No more slipping dentures, sore spots or denture adhesive!
The All-On-4 (AO4) or Permanent Teeth In A Day technique is specifically designed for people missing all their teeth either on the upper/lower or both arches. AO4 qualified patients receive four implants and a fixed in place denture/bridge usually in just one appointment.
The major benefits of the AO4 procedure are:
- How quickly implants and permanent dentures/bridge are successfully and accurately placed.
- How affordable they can be in comparison to other implant treatments.
- How quickly your quality of life improves.
Unlike other approaches that can use six eight implants per arch and involve bone grafting, the AO4 technique involves placing only four specially and specifically placed implants with the aid of sophisticated computer technology developed by Nobel Biocare.
Fewer implants are placed without bone grafts, meaning lower costs and reduced healing time for you.
EXAMINATION: With a complete oral examination and health questionnaire we can derive a treatment plan best suited for your situation.
CT SCAN: Through the use of a special x-ray of your jaw called a CAT Scan our team can specifically locate the best place to Position the implants in the jawbone.
IMPLANT PLACEMENT: The Dentist or Specialist place the implants with the aid of the Nobel Biocare computer technology.
IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE: Your new teeth are secured over the implants and you begin chewing and smiling immediately.
With an extraordinary success rate the AO4 procedure is the best investment you’ll ever make in improving your quality of life.
For Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the AO4 Procedure, visit our ALL-ON-4 FAQ Page.
Please call for a complimentary consultation to see if you qualify.