Over time, dentures can become unstable due to loss of bone. If this happens, implant supported dentures are an option.
Implant supported dentures involve the placement of normally between 2-4 dental implants in the jaw. This can be beneficial in a range of scenarios, but especially if standard dentures no longer fit due to loss of bone. Implants have the added benefit of supporting and stimulating the jaw bone in a way that conventional dentures do not, and so prevent bone loss.
Implant supported dentures can be permanently attached to the implants, or can be removable (snap on).
There are two key types of implant supported dentures – All on 4 and overdentures.
All on 4
An All on 4 is a permanent fixed denture that is supported by the placement of 4 (or occasionally more) implants. It does deliver an exceptional dental solution for many patients.
There are many benefits to All on 4:
- All on 4 dentures feel much more like having your normal teeth, and eliminate the issues caused by wearing standard dentures.
- This is the closest denture to natural teeth.
- The implants involved in these help to prevent further bone loss
- All on 4 allows for your smile to be restored to its best appearance.
- Due to the need for more implants, All on 4 does cost more than an overdenture.
Overdentures are held in place by two implants at the front of the lower jaw. They rest both on the implants, and on the back of the gyms. Overdentures are removable, and ‘click’ into place, so are also known as snap on dentures.
- Overdentures are a secure alternative to wearing a standard lower denture
- They help to prevent bone loss at the front of the jaw, and are an easier transition from natural teeth if they are to be extracted first.
- Because the implants are only at the front of your mouth with overdentures, there will still be some bone loss at the back of your jaw.
- As this denture is only partially supported by implants, there can still be some movement, which has the potential to cause sorts.
If you are considering implant supported dentures, then the team at Floss Family Dental would be very happy to help you in further understanding these options, or providing you with guidance as to the most appropriate solution for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today for a consultation.