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This prosthesis is machine-milled from a block of zirconium. After milling it is colored, stained, and glazed to attempt to capture a more natural appearance. Zirconia is the strongest material available in dentistry today, so this prosthesis is as durable as it gets. The compromise is that it lacks the translucency of natural teeth. Also, being difficult to color, it often results in a “too white” or mono-colored appearance.
This prosthesis is called a hybrid because it is essentially made up of two materials: the acrylic teeth and gums, and an underlying titanium framework. While standard denture teeth are used in this prosthesis, an acrylic hybrid will feel significantly stronger than a regular denture because it is tightly secured to several implants. It is not removable by the patient but the dentist can remove as needed. This is relatively cost-effective choice for patients who want teeth that feel natural and allow them to bite harder.
In this option, four implants are placed in the jaw and after healing they are connected with a metal bar. The denture is made to “snap-on” to the bar. This bar provides significantly improved support for the denture, allowing you to bite much stronger and practically immobilizing the denture during all movements. To withstand the increased forces, the denture is often reinforced with a metal framework. This treatment is available for the upper and/or lower jaws.
This option is essentially the same as the 2-implant overdenture except that there are more implants involved. The denture “snaps-in” and is removable by the patient. Although the function of the implant is mainly to retain the denture (keep if from falling out) there is a little bit of extra bite-force gained from the additional implants. The denture still relies on covering a large surface area of your gums for support.
This type of treatment is available for the upper and lower jaw.
Implant Dentures are appliances that replace an entire arch of missing teeth and use implants for retention and support. Retention determines how well the dentures will keep from “popping loose.” Support is a measure of how stable your dentures will feel.
Regular dentures rely on your gums for retention and support. Even in the best-case-scenario, retention and support with "regular dentures" are dramatically less than if implants were to be used. Dentures in the lower jaw are typically problematic as they move around and never feel “quite right.”
By using implants, the prosthesis can be anchored securely to greatly improve the patient’s ability to eat, speak, and laugh freely without fear that their dentures will come loose.
There are two basic types of implant dentures: Overdentures and Fixed Dentures:
Implant Dentures can help resolve these issues. But not all implant denture treatments are equal. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages. Also, one type may be recommended over another depending several patient related factors such as cosmetic preferences and amount of bone available for dental implants.
Finding real information about your options can be overwhelming and difficult. On this page, you will find all the detail you want to know about the different options for implant dentures. Each treatment offers a unique advantage, whether it be cost, cosmetics, or strength.
Feel free to browse or download our free PDF, titled " The Implant Buyers Guide".
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This prosthesis is the “Ferrari” of implant dentures. It consists of a base which can be made out of zirconium or a metal alloy, over which are cemented a whole row of individual highly-esthetic ceramic crowns. The use of individual crowns is desirable because they allow for the best cosmetic result. Also, in the event of physical trauma or grinding of teeth it is more likely that a crown will become dislodged rather than fractured. In this case, the patient can simply come to the office where the crown can easily be re-cemented.
The Procera Implant Bridge consists of a zirconium base over which a highly esthetic layer of porcelain is applied. The porcelain adds translucency, depth, and color tones to the opaque zirconium. The biting surfaces are in zirconium to minimize tooth wear or fracture of porcelain. The PIB is a combination of durability and a beautiful porcelain finish.
In this option, two implants are placed in the anterior region of the lower jaw. After a 3 month healing period, your regular denture is made to “snap-in” to the implants. This treatment offers better retention of the denture. However it is does not offer better biting force or relief from sore gums. The denture still relies on covering a large surface area of your gums for support.
This type of treatment is only done for the lower jaw.
Fixed dentures are different because they are directly screwed onto the implants and not removable by the patient. They have a slim profile and do not cover the gums. They can be made of a variety of materials depending on individual patient factors and preferences. These are also commonly called “Permanent Dentures”, “Fixed Bridges”, or “All-on-Four.”
Overdentures are just like regular dentures that “snap-in” to dental implants. They are removable by the patient. They are made of acrylic and they still have the regular extensions and borders like regular dentures. This means they still cover your palate and may still apply pressure to the gums. With some designs these extensions can be minimized. (See: The Bar Overdenture )