Everything You Need to Know About Implant Supported Dentures

Implant Supported Dentures; Are they Better than the Conventional Dentures?

According to the American College of Prosthodontics, more than 35 million US citizens have lost some, or all, of their natural teeth. Until recently, the most common option for replacing missing teeth were removable dentures, which derived their support and retention from the underlying soft tissues and the jaw bone. However, removable dentures are unable to restore chewing and speech efficiency, and facial aesthetics completely. Wearing dentures also results in an accelerated resorption of the underlying jaw bone which supports them and provides retention.

Alternative Options for Missing Tooth Replacement
Thanks to modern dentistry, multiple options are available to dentists for replacing missing natural teeth. Gone are the days when missing teeth could only be replaced with removable dentures. There are a variety of options to replace missing teeth. Some of them being:
1. Dental Bridges
Unlike removable dentures, bridges are fixed appliances that get their support from the adjacent natural teeth. In comparison to removable dentures, bridges provide superior aesthetics and tooth function. However, placement of dental bridges requires extensive removal of the sound enamel from the adjacent teeth, which may result in tooth sensitivity.
2. Implant Supported Prostheses
An implant is a metal fixture that is surgically placed inside the jaw bones, and functions as an artificial root. Just like the natural teeth, implants provide support for the artificial teeth that are attached to them with the help of abutments. Due to their ability to anchor themselves by fusing with the jaw bone, they have become the most preferred option for tooth replacement throughout the world. In addition to their use in replacing a single missing tooth with the help of a crown, dental implants can also be used to replace multiple teeth.
What are Implant Supported Dentures?
An implant supported denture is attached to one or more dental implants. Since dental implants are embedded into the jaw bone, they provide excellent retention and support to teeth which are attached to them.

What are the Different Types of Implant Supported Dentures?
There are three types of implant supported dentures:
• Fixed Dentures – in this type of prostheses, one or more implants are used to support a dental bridge. These dentures remain permanently attached to the implants, and they cannot be removed by the patient.
• Removable Partial Dentures – These are known as hybrid prostheses. These dentures are used for replacing multiple missing teeth. Implant supported removable dentures get attached to the implants with the help of “precision attachments” which allow for their easy insertion and removal. These precision attachments ensure that the implant-supported dentures do not move or slip while eating or speaking.
• Complete Dentures – dental implants can also be used to replace all missing teeth in a jaw. The best thing about these dentures is that only 4 implants can be used in each jaw for supporting a complete denture. Such type of prosthesis is known as an “all-on-four implant supported denture”. In cases where increased support is required from the implants, up to 6 or 8 implants may also be placed in a jaw for supporting the denture.
• Minis – In addition to conventional dental implants, which are relatively longer, mini dental implants are also available for replacing missing teeth. Mini implants are used in cases where there is very less space available for the placement of the longer conventional implants. They can also be used when patients cannot afford treatment with conventional implants, which are relatively expensive.

How are Implant Supported Prostheses Placed?
Placement of implant supported prosthesis is carried out in two phases. The first phase involves the surgical placement of the implant. While the healing of the implant placement site is underway, a suitable removable or fixed prosthesis is designed for replacing the missing teeth. Once the implant site has healed, the dentures can be attached.

What are the Pros of Implant Supported Dentures over Conventional Dentures?
You must be thinking, “why have implant supported dentures have become so much popular?!” Here are a few reasons:
• Excellent Esthetics – No matter how much effort your dentist has put in preparing your dentures, they will never be able to restore your natural smile! On the other hand, dental implant supported removable or fixed dentures appear and feel just like your natural teeth. Therefore, they not only give you a beautiful smile, but they also boost your self-confidence and personality.
• Durability – When placed carefully by an experienced and qualified dentist, implants can last a lifetime! On the other hand, both removable dentures and teeth bridges have a limited lifespan, and they require frequent repair or replacement. So, once you get your missing teeth replaced with implant supported dentures, you are basically set for life!
• Improved Chewing and Speech Capability – conventional denture wearers find it extremely hard to eat or speak properly. This is because they need to continuously use their tongue to keep the dentures from slipping out. Since implant-supported dentures are fixed in the mouth, they significantly improve your chewing efficiency, so that you can enjoy all those foods which you were unable to after losing your natural teeth.
• No Bone Loss – whenever you wear the conventional dentures, they directly exert forces onto the underlying jaw bone. This causes a rapid bone resorption in that region, thereby resulting in a change in shape and thickness of the bone. The bone becomes so thin that it can no longer support removable dentures. The reduced density of the jaw bone also increases the chances of fracturing on the upper or lower jaw. Implant supported dentures promote bone formation in their surroundings, thereby improving the success and longevity of the prosthesis.

What are the Cons of Implant Supported Dentures over Conventional Dentures?
Despite the virtually unlimited benefits of implant supported dentures, they also have their drawbacks:
• Complex Procedure – placement of implants is a complex procedure which requires extensive treatment planning. Placement of implant supported prosthesis is carried out in multiple steps. Therefore, the procedure may take up to 6 months, even a year for completion.
• Expensive – dental implants are more expensive than the conventional dentures or teeth bridges, and they are not covered by many insurance plans. As a result, many individuals cannot afford them.
Despite their few drawbacks, implant supported prostheses are still the treatment of choice for replacing missing teeth. If you are looking for lifelong replacement option for your missing teeth, then implant supported dentures could be the right choice for you!

 

Dental Implants the Solution to Traditional Dentures

Impants
According to the Washington Dental Service Foundation, around 75% of adults 60 and older have only a portion of their original teeth. Millions of American’s suffer from tooth loss due to tooth decay, injury, or gingivitis. Do you suffer from these problems? The answer could be Dental Implants!

Dental implants are becoming dentists’ treatment of choice. Compared to dentures, dental implants are more stable, preserve more bone, are more predictable, and cause less irritation than ordinary dentures.
Dental implants are stronger than dentures due to the implantation process. Dental implants become the roots of your missing or extracted teeth. The titanium in the implant molds to your jaw bone and becomes a great support for your fixed dentures. The dental implants will not slip, cause bone damage, or decay like other processes such as bridgework will. They support the teeth and prevent them from movement and accidental dislodging, while preserving your jaw bone and preventing bone loss unlike classic dentures.

Dentures can become loose which makes your gums irritated and sore and makes eating painful, but there are other options that can allow you to eat comfortably and confidently.

There are two implant procedures that take the place of dentures. One is a removable overdenture that uses two to four implants for support, which improves comfort and functionality. Another option is a fixed prosthesis, known as the hybrid, which uses four to six implants for support and offers more comfort along with the look and feel of natural teeth.

Dental implants allow you to get better nutrition, lead a more active lifestyle, and have more confidence in your smile.
These procedures are gentle, fast, and have a short recovery time.

No age is too old for dental implants! Schedule your consultation for dental implants with Dr. Maurice Jenkins today! Call us at 801-747-8015 or visit us online at dentalprosutah.com.

Need Dentures? Financing Options Made Easy!

After your visit to the dentist, if the question you are asking yourself is NOT whether you need dentures, over-dentures or dental implants BUT RATHER how you will be able to afford treatment, then this article is just for you!

Financing dental work can be overwhelming, but if an effective plan is implemented it doesn’t have to be! There are many financial options available to get the smile you deserve, from easy financing with personal loans, cash discounts, insurance contributions and deciding whether or not you need a specialist will all influence YOUR bottom-line. First, let’s review your options:

• Partial Denture
o Private Pay Discounted Cost: $683 for top; $686 for bottom
o Regular Cost:$$975 for top; $980 for bottom
o Keep in Mind: Partial dentures only replace a few missing teeth and are mostly cosmetic in nature.

• Immediate Dentures
o Private Pay Discounted Cost:$961 for top; $961 for bottom
o Regular Cost:$1420 for top; $1420 for bottom
o Specialist: $1846 for top; $1846 for bottom
o Keep in Mind: Since impressions are taken before teeth are extracted, this denture option is not fitted exactly to your mouth and you may need to come in for adjustments in the future. However, you do not have to go with no teeth for 6 weeks, as you do with the complete denture.

• Complete Dentures
o Private Pay Discounted Cost: $880 for top; $880 for bottom
o Regular Cost: $1430 for top; $1430 for bottom
o Specialist Cost: $1859 for top; $1859 for bottom
o Keep in Mind: You usually have to wait for 6 weeks between having any remaining teeth extracted and an impression taken, before the final delivery of the denture. PLUS SIDE: Custom made dentures fit comfortably in your mouth with minimal discomfort.
• Overdentures (plus 2 implants & abutments)
o Regular Cost: $6285 for top; $6285 for bottom
o Specialist Cost: $8171 for top; $8171 for bottom
o Keep in Mind: This is a perfect denture! It’s almost like having natural teeth once again. You don’t have to take it out since the implants secure the denture in your mouth, which allows you to eat the foods that you love again (corn on cob anyone?).

o NOTE: Extraction fees range from a discounted fee of $158 to $225 (normal & specialist fee) per tooth.
Unfortunately, seniors are more likely to suffer from dental problems. Ill-fitting dentures often create: jaw pain, mouth sores, require the routine use of denture pads, click, whistle, slip or cause chewing to be painful, slur speech, create the appearance of extra wrinkles around your mouth, or make you feel uncomfortable about your appearance. All of these factors make it increasingly difficult to eat a healthy diet, enjoy the foods you love and live life to its fullest. If you currently wear dentures, it is important to have them evaluated on a regular basis, as bone and gums may shrink over time, causing your dentures to become lose and uncomfortable. You cannot correct the fit of your dentures by using more and more denture adhesive!

However, dentists understand that dental treatment can be expensive, but you do have options to get the care you need! Here is a plan of action to get you back on track for the smile you deserve:
1. Schedule a consultation with a dentist or specialist; many providers offer this service free of charge.
2. Discuss your treatment options with your dentist and decide on the best treatment option available. Once this is decided a financial treatment coordinator can discuss payment options.
3. Explore financing options, for example: CareCredit (http://www.carecredit.com) is a personal loan option that allows you to pay over 12 months with no interest or choose longer payment plans with a low interest rate of 14.9% applied (up to 60 months if charges exceed $2,500).
4. Discuss in-house payment plans and insurance coverage at this time as well
5. Schedule your appointment and see just how amazing a new set of dentures can be!
The bottom line? Visit your dental professional regularly and discuss your payment options at the time of service! Exhaust all options before having any teeth pulled – once they are gone, you will never get them back and dental discounts, payment plans and personal loans are available. Together, we can find a solution to “get your bite back.”  Call us today at 801-747-8018 to schedule your Consultation.

Do I Really Need Dental Implants?

Never in history have patients been so bombarded by dental marketing.  Dentists around the nation promote cosmetic makeovers and implant “teeth-in-a-day”.  While this is a legitimate treatment option for a select few; health, genetics, habits, age, desired esthetics and finances may require the doctor to provide alternatives to suit the needs of all patients.  With this in mind, patients today have questions! Below are the most frequently asked questions regarding dental implants.

 Do I really need dental implants?

People don’t “need” teeth to live. However, beautiful, long-lasting, worry-free teeth make life much more enjoyable.  Imagine smiling and eating with confidence!  No more self-conscious smiles in family pictures due to missing teeth. No more eating on “your good side”, you know, the side with no dental problems.  Imagine, no more ill-fitting dentures!

 Doesn’t it hurt and take a long time to heal?

 Advances in technology and techniques have significantly improved the patient’s dental implant experience. Computer-guided surgery and laser dentistry allow many procedures to be completed in one day with NO cutting of the gums!  This significantly reduces the pain and healing time after the procedure.  Most patients are comfortable with simply taking over-the-counter medications for the minimal pain associated with this procedure.

 

 

 

Will I have to go without teeth as I heal?

Before Treatment
After Treatment

Sylvia  had trouble with her existing partial dentures and was interested in implant therapy.  Her main concerns were: not having teeth as she healed, post-treatment pain and healing time.

 

Incorporating the latest technology and techniques allowed Sylvia to be successfully treated with little discomfort the day of surgery and deliver beautiful teeth the same day.

 

How many implants do I need?

 

This varies from patient to patient.  A frail 93 year-old female would require less implants than the 40 year-old construction worker twice her size. The goal is to use the least number of implants to achieve what the patient desires without sacrificing durability and predictability of the final outcome.

After a thorough evaluation and a 3-D x-ray, the doctor and patient will consider: health, genetics, habits, age, desired esthetics and finances. After weighing the benefits and limitations of each doctor recommended treatment option; the patient and their family usually decide what’s best for their personal needs whether it be 1, 2, 4, 6 or no implants at all.  Patients, with their newfound understanding of dental implants, should be able to make this decision for themselves.

 I’m too old for dental implants?

 Two months ago Ellen, a 93 year-old patient, came to my office for a second opinion.  She had only one tooth remaining in her lower jaw and very little jawbone left to support a denture.

Another doctor had recommended 4-5 implants and a permanent denture for $22,000!  Considering her age, we thought this may be over-treatment.  We always recommend starting with the least expensive, least invasive treatment.  She left our office smiling from ear to ear with 2 implants under a beautiful new denture.  When asked if it was worth it Ellen replied: “I can’t believe I didn’t do this 15 years ago!”  If otherwise healthy, a patient’s age plays only a practical role in treatment.

 Which doctor should do my implants?

Bob Before Treatment
Bob After Treatment

Bob  was a regular at his dentist friend’s office for years.  Bob knew his complex dental needs required a specialist.  He wanted his surgery and dentistry done by experienced specialists who treat cases similar to his on a daily basis. His dentist was honest with him and let him know he does not do implant surgery every day and recommended him to our office. He now smiles and eats with confidence only weeks after beginning treatment. We want to work with your current dentist to ensure a healthy long-lasting smile.

Prosthodontists are the only dental specialists recognized by the American Dental Association to place and restore implants. They have attended three additional years of post-doctoral training after dental school to perform the surgical placement of dental implants, crowns and/or denture restorations.  Confusing appointments and fees between multiple doctors is unnecessary!

When IV sedation and/or complex surgery is required, Dr Cameron Egbert, an Oral/Maxillofacial Surgeon, is available in the office to ensure your safety.  Oral Surgeon’s attend an additional four to six years of post-doctoral training after dental school and are trained in anesthesia, management of patients with severe health problems and oral and facial surgery.

It is important to ask what type of training your dentist has when it comes to dental implant treatment.  Over half of the patients I see come to me with implant problems that could have been avoided if managed by a specialist from the beginning of treatment. With a combined eleven years practicing the latest and safest techniques, you can rest assured there is no more advanced dental office in Utah to care for your implant needs.

We sincerely hope this helped resolve some of your concerns regarding dental implants.

If you have any other questions please call for a complimentary, no obligation consultation 801-747-8018.   You deserve to have  your best smile possible!

 

Dr.  Nicholas Egbert D.D.S, M.D.S.

Surgical Prosthodontist