Dental implants are often referred to as the closest replacement to a natural tooth. They are permanent and dynamic, able to replace a single tooth or several teeth if needed. Permanent dentures are an alternative to traditional removable dentures, but they are placed on top of dental implants. Surgically placed dental implants replace the roots of missing teeth and create a stable base for permanent dentures.
Despite their many advantages, dentures can move around the inside of the mouth and make it difficult to perform tasks such as chewing and eating. The problem worsens over time as dentures loosen, wobble and become uncomfortable. Fortunately, there is a solution to this issue: transforming dentures into a stable and permanent solution that fits the mouth perfectly. Two types of dentures can be permanently attached to the teeth. A dental implant is an artificial tooth and root system that is surgically placed in the mouth.
The root is placed first, by means of a screw-type mechanism that is embedded in the mandible. The bone fuses with the root of the implant over time, forming a secure hold. A crown is then placed on top that looks and works like a natural tooth. Permanent dentures are relatively expensive compared to other possible solutions. The implants that hold dentures aren't exactly cheap either, and dental insurance most likely won't cover the full cost of such a procedure.
Be sure to check with your dental insurance provider before deciding if permanent dentures make sense. The All-On-4 dental implant procedure is an option for those who need to replace several teeth or a full arch. Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically placed inside the jawbone to replace teeth that are missing or that have been removed. A bridge is a row of artificial teeth that are placed between healthy natural teeth when possible, or dental implants when there aren't enough healthy teeth in place. Implant-supported fixed dentures are an option that looks, feels and works just like natural teeth because they are permanently attached to dental implants. If you're interested in undergoing this procedure, contact our office today and let us help you make the best decision for you and your teeth.