Dentures are often chosen by patients because they are more economical, but they do not perform perfectly. They can slip and move, distorting speech, limiting food choices, and causing sores and ulcers. Even if the dentures fit well to begin with, over time they wear out and can start to move. Added to that, the lack of teeth means that the jaw bone may shrink and start to change the shape of your face.
Full dental implants overcome the shortcomings of dentures and are as close to having your real teeth as you can get. Patients find the initial cost of full mouth implants completely justified as they can live for years with beautiful, natural and highly functional teeth.
Full Mouth Dental Implants
Fixed bridge implants are ideal when you need to replace all teeth. These are when four or six implants are surgically inserted into the gums on each quadrant of the mouth. Then, artificial teeth are created and screwed onto the implants. This is commonly known as an all-on-four or all-on-six.
These full denture implants create a life-long tooth replacement option that is secure and give you a naturally beautiful smile.
Fixed bridge step-by-step procedure
Here’s an example of how we can replace your teeth if they are all missing, or if all the teeth require removal. In this case, a fixed bridge – with all of the teeth contained in one unit – is attached to a few dental implants.
We start with a consultation, x-rays, and any preparatory work. This may include removal of existing teeth or treating gum problems. A 3D CAD-CAM image of the mouth is created and this helps to plan out the process.
Placing the implants
The implants are placed in the mouth, under local anaesthetic. The surgery is performed using a keyhole technique using the model made in step 1, so that swelling and discomfort are kept to a minimum.
Attaching the bridge
The teeth are attached, sometimes in a later surgery but often can be done soon after the implants. This simple process does not take long, and your beautiful teeth are now complete.
The beautiful result
Your new teeth look and feel just like natural teeth. You will now be able to eat foods that were impossible to manage with dentures.
The retained overdenture procedure is different from the fixed bridge procedure in that they are removable. These dentures are fixed to remaining teeth or roots, and can be taken out for cleaning or when you sleep at night. But unlike conventional dentures, they are fixed in place during the day and will not slip.
However, both those options are only suitable if there are multiple teeth to replace and remaining teeth to adhere the implants to. The only permanent, attractive and stable option for full teeth replacement is full dental implants.
Overdenture step-by-step procedure
Here’s another example of how we can replace your teeth if they are all missing (or if all teeth require removal).
In this case an overdenture is anchored to two dental implants. The implants stabilize the denture and keep it firmly in position.
The beautiful result is no longer needing to worry about a slipping, sliding or clicking denture. You’re free to enjoy life.
Installing the implants
The first step is installing dental implants to secure the overdenture. Only two implants are needed.
Attaching the overdenture
The overdenture is securely fixed on top of the implants. It is able to be removed for cleaning and oral hygiene.
The beautiful result
At last, there’s no need to worry about a slipping, sliding or clicking denture. You’re free to enjoy life.
Trust the experts
If you want to find out if dental implants are the best option for you, we highly recommend that you choose someone you can trust to do this procedure. At Dental Artistry, we understand the importance of having an experienced team handle this. This is why we have dentists who have been experts in the field for years.
Dr. Sheng Zhang and Dr. Worthington are the inhouse dental implant experts for Dental Artistry. Both are highly respected in the field in New Zealand and Australia.
All procedures under one roof
To make sure you are as comfortable as possible, we have all of our state of the art equipment under one roof. You can have everything from the consultation and preliminary tests, to the procedures and the follow-up visits all in one familiar dental clinic.
At Dental Artistry, we also offer finance options so if it’s the cost you’re concerned about, let’s discuss an option that is attainable for you. We want to start the conversation that’ll turn your oral health around.