Dentures and All-on-4
Dentures, also known as Plates or false teeth, represent one of the traditional methods for replacing missing teeth. They fall under the category of removable prostheses, allowing patients to take them out for cleaning and adjustments. While dentures are still used in dental practice, their prominence has diminished with the emergence of alternative treatments like dental implants and dental bridges.
Varieties of Dentures
Dentures are categorized as partial or complete dentures. Partial dentures cater to patients who have some missing teeth but not all. To support a partial denture, the remaining teeth must be in good health. Thus, necessary dental procedures like cleaning, restorations such as fillings and crowns, and the extraction of damaged teeth or root tips must be completed before crafting partial dentures. Various types of partial dentures exist, with considerations such as aesthetics, the number of remaining teeth, and the expected duration of denture use. Generally, long-lasting partial dentures may be less aesthetically pleasing and more challenging to adapt to.
Complete or full dentures are created when a patient has lost all their teeth, or none of the remaining teeth can be salvaged to support a partial denture. Typically made from acrylic, complete dentures offer a cost-effective solution to replace missing teeth and partially restore aesthetics. However, they necessitate a prolonged adjustment period for patients. Frequent in-office adjustments may also be required. Unfortunately, complete dentures do not feel like natural teeth and can often cause discomfort and sore spots in the mouth. Additionally, they may diminish the sensation of food flavors.
Limitations of Dentures
Long-term denture wearers are susceptible to significant bone loss over several decades, which can lead to changes in facial symmetry and function. One effective way to address these issues and overcome the drawbacks associated with dentures is to consider the "All-on-4" dental implant solution in conjunction with dentures. Implant-supported dentures do not rely on natural teeth or gums for stability, making them more comfortable as they rest securely on the implants. They can also be designed to be smaller, covering less of the roof of the mouth, enhancing comfort during use.
At Dental Atelier, we take our denture craftsmanship seriously, paying meticulous attention to comfort and aesthetics. Through the use of high-quality denture materials and a focus on the anatomical details of each patient, we create comfortable and naturally appearing dentures. In most cases, we highly recommend the incorporation of dental implants to provide support, improving stability and the longevity of the treatment. However, we also understand that dentures may be the only option in certain cases, and we make every effort to craft beautiful-looking dentures that meet our patients' needs and expectations.