Fixed dentures, also known as implant-supported or “all-on-4” dentures, are prosthetics for those in need of a whole new set of teeth. Rather than rely upon traditional adhesives, these are teeth designed to attach to the jaw bone itself. Today, your Livonia, MI dentist discusses whether this procedure might be of benefit to you.
How Are These Different?
With traditional dentures, the whole mouth prosthetic device is connected to the gums using adhesive. Often, there are issues with proper adhesion, or just make a terrible mess. And you have to store them, making sure they are cleaned and sanitary. It can get to be a bit much.
With advances in implant technology, whole mouth dentures can be a lot less of a hassle. Fixed dentures rely upon a set number of implant sites (usually 4 for top and the same for bottom). A permanent denture is attached to the site, creating a lasting solution for your smile.
This approach has numerous benefits over traditional dentures. And this procedure is much more affordable than individual implants, with less trauma to the mouth. It is much quicker, as well!
What Are The Benefits?
If you are in need of a whole mouth restoration solution, fixed dentures may be an option that could benefit you. If you are looking for a more affordable solution than a full mouth of implants, this is a happy medium between implants and traditional dentures.
One significant advantage to a permanent denture is its likelihood of saving jaw bone decay. Over time, a mouth without teeth will recede, known as resorbing. Connecting a prosthetic that closely mirrors the teeth helps prevent this.
This solution also allows for a stronger bite, and no likelihood of them falling out during speech. Nobody else has to know that you are even wearing dentures! Our ideal solution mirrors your smile as much as possible, but at your best.
The development of implant technology has led to serious breakthroughs on how we correct dental deterioration. These advances also allow for maintaining your similar profile appearance.
Dentures can sometimes alter the way someone appears, as the prosthetic does not completely align with their face. There is less likelihood of this with fixed dentures, as the structure hugs onto the gums. It also does not cover the roof of the mouth!
ABOUT YOUR LIVONIA, MI, DENTIST:
James Stewart, DDS, and our compassionate staff proudly serve patients of all ages from Livonia, MI, as well as Farmington Hills, Farmington, Plymouth, Northville, Novi, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Garden City, Westland, Redford, and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.