Used for centuries to replace missing teeth, dentures and partial dentures can be a very effective solution for missing teeth. Traditional dentures are removable. Advances in technology and restorative dentistry make today’s dentures look and feel more natural than ever before.
Implant Dentures “All-on-Four”
One of the biggest challenges facing people with missing teeth is going without their bridgework or dentures. Other concerns are eating and speaking comfortably. Most denture wearers tell us that they don’t smile as much as they used to because they’re afraid the dentures will slip, or that others will notice their dentures.
Dr. Cappy Sinclair and Dr. Mark Reichley are some of the few dentist in the United States that have the advanced training, technology and experience to offer “All on Four”, a procedure that allows for the immediate and permanent replacement of missing teeth. As few as four dental implants will be placed in the jaw to secure a permanent, natural looking restoration, either a partial or full denture.
About All On Four
The All-on-four procedure makes it possible for you to have your teeth removed, dental implants placed and restored with a temporary dental bridge all in the same day. Comprehensive pre-treatment planning is what makes this procedure possible. Dr. Sinclair and Dr. Reichley use advanced 3D imaging software to plan the precise placement of the dental implants.
First, the teeth will be removed in a comfortable operatory setting under dental sedation. Next, the dental implants are placed. Anywhere from one to seven dental implants will be placed, depending on your specific circumstances. A temporary crown or hybrid bridge will be secured to the dental implants to restore esthetics and function. Patients are advised to adhere to a soft diet during the 2 – 3 months following the All-on-Four procedure for proper healing of the dental implants.
A dental bridge can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. The restoration is comprised of a prosthetic tooth (or series of teeth), supported by dental crowns, which are placed over teeth adjacent to the gap.
A fixed dental bridge that uses dental crowns has some limitations that should be considered. This type of restoration requires a dental crown to be placed on the teeth that neighbor the missing tooth. This can be an issue, particularly if those teeth are healthy, because it places stress on the natural teeth and could lead to wear, cavity formation, or other dental issues.
An alternative to a traditional bridge could be a dental implant supported hybrid bridge or partial denture. One or more dental implants can be placed in the jaw to support the bridge for a more stable and conservative treatment.
A third option is a resin bonded bridge. This type of treatment is often used for younger patients with missing teeth (congenitally or otherwise), who are not yet candidates for dental implants. The prosthetic tooth is secured to adjacent teeth and bonded using a tooth colored resin for a highly natural and stable, yet temporary, restoration.
Dr. Sinclair or Dr. Reichley will evaluate your condition and make the recommendation that is best for you. Give us a call at (757) 453-7657, or request an appointment online today.