Many people don’t know that dental implants can be used to retain dentures on both the upper and lower arches. This type of prosthesis goes by a number of different names, but it is most commonly referred to as dental implant supported dentures. In our Fort Worth office, we simply call this type of treatment dental implant dentures (or implant retained dentures, as this provides some detail as to how they work).
How It Works
For dental implant dentures, our dentist, Dr. Steve Brown, must first give you dental implants. He will then give you a temporary denture to wear over your implants over the next few months while your mouth adjusts to them. Sometimes, we can use your existing denture as this temporary set. When this is possible, it can reduce the price of your procedure. During the time immediately following your surgery, our office will make you a denture in our in house dental lab that will be specially designed to fit over your implants. Once your mouth has healed, Dr. Brown will then fit this new denture onto your dental implants. The implants will firmly retain this prosthesis so that movement is minimal, allowing you to avoid using adhesives.
With dental implants dentures, we typically use small diameter implants. However, Dr. Brown can use other types of implants as well (such as mini implants). The size, type, and number of the implants will be chosen by Dr. Brown based on what your specific bone structure looks like. In other words, Dr. Brown is going to place your implants according to your specific oral needs. His philosophy is to make your dental implants fit your bone, not the other way around. His attentive care will help provide you with a greater long-term fit and more solid support for your bone structure. The price of your dental implant denture will not change based on the number or type of implants that are needed.
What Are All on 4 Dental Implants?
All on 4 is title that refers to a specific type of dental implant denture in which four dental implants are placed on your arch so that they can anchor a denture. This procedure is well-known for its supposed cost-effectiveness, but what many people don’t know is that this type of uniform approach in restorative dentistry can be negligent of a person’s specific oral needs. Not everybody can fully benefit from only four implants, and in fact it’s far more likely that they could use more. This is why Dr. Brown’s aforementioned philosophy (making sure your implants fit the exact needs of your bone) is so important, and is also why he doesn’t raise the price of your procedure depending on how many dental implants you need. Nobody’s mouth is the same, and treating them all as though they are can lead to long-term consequences, such as loose implants or ill-fitting dentures.
Find Out More About The Benefits Of Dental Implants Dentures
Schedule your free consultation with Dr. Brown to find out more about how dental implant dentures can help you regain your quality of life. They can help you to smile confidently, chew better, and act like yourself again, without having to worry about your replacement teeth slipping or falling out of your mouth. Your smile is here, and we look forward to assisting you.
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