In years past, dentures were the only option for significant tooth loss. Since the emergence of dental implants, this is no longer the case. Modern replacement options include dentures, implant supported dentures, and full-mouth dental implants. These treatments involve extracting any remaining teeth and replacing them with a new set of teeth, permanently fixed or removable. Each service has their unique benefits and price point, it’s important to understand each process respectively. Per each patient’s circumstances, we can help find the right treatments for you within your preferences, goals, and budget.
Dentures are the most widely recognized removable dental replacement option. Artificial teeth are glued to an acrylic base that rests on your gums, providing a 20% return to normal function. Adhesives are used to keep dentures in place, but over time as your bone shrinks, realignment or replacements are necessary to maintain stability.
Implant supported dentures are a more secure removable option. These “snap-in” denture teeth partially rest on the gums, and are additionally stabilized by two or more dental implants. This style of implantation is removable for cleaning. While implant supported dentures will provide about 60% of natural function, they can still crack or fracture.
Full mouth dental implants are a fixed zirconia tooth bridge permanently secured onto 4-8 dental implants. This option restores over 98% of function with teeth that are incredibly strong, durable, and life-like. We generally recommend full mouth dental implants for patients who desire a quality of life comparable to having a full set of healthy natural teeth. We encourage you to review your options, then contact us for a free consultation.