If your patient suffers from tooth loss, they probably desire a restorative solution that will help them eat their favorite foods again and smile with confidence. In the past, the only option for replacing teeth was dentures. Patients would have to cement their dentures into their mouths using a temporary glue and then remove them at night, repeating the same tedious process over and over again. Not only was the installation and removal process tasking, but dentures often came loose, causing bits of food to get under them. This caused extreme discomfort and pain to patients. Over the past few decades, there have been significant advances in the field of dentistry that provide predictable, long-term solutions with the use of dental implants. Patients can say goodbye to the denture paste, and hello to dental implants. Today, many people make use of implant-supported dentures or All-On-Four replacement teeth.
Implant Bar Overdentures
Implant Bar Overdentures offer more stability than a traditional denture, as they are retained by both the natural jaw bone and implants rather than adhesive pastes. Bar-retained dentures use a small metal bar that is attached to implants in the jawbone. There can be anywhere from two to ten of these implants, depending on the patient’s needs. The dentures, bar, or both have small clips that hold them together. Implant bar overdentures will provide more strength while eating, as it is more stable and less likely to shift under extreme pressure.
Patients who are missing most or all of their teeth are typically excellent candidates for overdentures. Patients must possess a certain amount of jawbone, however, to qualify for the procedure. These implants are placed in the front part of the mouth because there are fewer nerves and more bone in this particular part of the mouth. In order to for a dental implant to be successful long-term, it must be completely surrounded in bone. If patients suffer from bone atrophy, they may not qualify for implant bar overdentures.
All-On-Four is a unique, cost-effective treatment concept that offers full-arch replacement on just four implants. Designed to maximize existing jawbone, this technique is performed by placing the implants at strategic angles to maximize stability and minimize discomfort. Typically, two implants are placed in the front of the jaw, and two implants are placed in the back of the jaw. Unlike other restorative methods, the All-On-Four usually spaces the implants further apart, meaning there is less room for complications and a shorter recovery time.
The All-On-Four stays in at all times. Patients can often avoid lengthy bone grafting procedures with this type of implant. Because of the location of the implants, dentists can usually locate four areas with enough bone to support the teeth. This can save your patients a lot of time, money, and discomfort.
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Choosing the Right Treatment
Whether your patient is missing a single tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch of teeth, dental implants could be the solution for them. Choosing the right dental lab is also a key component in ensuring a successful outcome for your patients. Dental labs can design and provide an optimal final restoration and will ensure that all critical aspects are considered, such as patient hygiene.
Please remember, our experienced technical team at DDS Labs is here to discuss specific treatment plans with you, and we will work with you to help ensure patient satisfaction.
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