Losing your teeth is a significant issue that impacts every aspect of your life. One of the most obvious effects of tooth loss is the impact that it has on your smile. Tooth loss affects your abilities to bite and chew properly, which can impact your digestion and nutrition. It can also affect your speech. One of the lesser known effects of tooth loss is the impact it has on your jawbone. Tooth loss can significantly affect the health of your jawbone, leading to bone loss. The more teeth you lose, the greater the impact. At Anchorage Dental Associates, we can help to restore the functions of your missing teeth, and your quality of life, with dental implants. We offer multiple types of implants, including implant supported dentures.
Dental implants are a treatment used to replace missing teeth. They are a modern treatment that provides a unique alternative to dentures and bridges. This treatment uses small titanium posts, which are surgically implanted into your jawbone. Your bone fuses to the posts gradually, a natural process called osseointegration. Osseointegration stabilizes the posts within your jaw, turning them into replacement roots that are then able to provide secure support for your dental restorations.
Implant Supported Dentures
Dental implants are a versatile treatment that can replace any number of missing teeth. They can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even an entire arch of teeth. Dental implants that replace an entire arch of teeth are often called an implant supported denture.
Types of Implant Supported Dentures
There are a few different types of implant supported dentures, which allow us to meet some different needs.
Fixed implant supported dentures. Fixed implant supported dentures are the standard type of implant supported dentures. This treatment uses 6 to 8 posts to provide support for your arch of replacement teeth. Your teeth are secured into place on the posts with small screws.
Bar retained implant supported dentures. Bar-retained implant supported dentures are a treatment that is sometimes used when you have lost too much bone mass to hold the typical 6 to 8 implant posts. This treatment uses 4 to 6 posts. After the posts are placed, a titanium bar is attached to them. Your replacement teeth clip into place and can be removed for cleaning.
All on 4. All on 4 is another treatment used when your jawbone is too weak for a regular fixed implant-supported denture. This treatment uses only four posts to support your replacement teeth. The posts are placed specifically within your jaw to ensure optimal osseointegration, avoiding the need for a bone graft.
Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures provide several significant benefits. These include
A completely natural appearance. Your teeth are made from ceramic, a material that perfectly mimics the properties of your natural teeth.
Feeling and functioning exactly like your real teeth. You can eat all of your favorite foods, and your speech is perfectly restored.
Stability. Your teeth are held securely in place and will not move around or fall out.
Greater comfort. Because your teeth are supported by titanium posts, rather than your gums, your dental restorations are much more comfortable.
Ease of care. Your dental restorations can be brushed and flossed just like your real teeth.
Protecting the health of your jawbone. The posts restore stimulation to your jawbone, which stops and prevents bone loss in the jaw. Restoring stimulation helps to keep your jawbone strong and healthy.
With implant supported dentures, as oppused to traditional dentures, we can replace an entire arch of missing teeth, restoring all of the functions of those teeth and your quality of life. Call Anchorage Dental Associates today at (907) 276-7366 to schedule your consultation and find out if implant supported dentures are right for you.