Implant Supported Dentures – Overdentures and All-On-X

Implant Supported Dentures in Pleasanton CA.

For individuals facing the challenges of missing teeth, dentures have long been the only option for restoring dental function and aesthetics. However, traditional dentures have their limitations such as being too loose and causing discomfort, bone degeneration, and inability to properly chew. Fortunately, advancements in dental technology have introduced implant-supported dentures as a superior alternative because the implants can act as stabilizing pillars for the denture. There 2 main types of implant supported dentures:

Types of Implant Supported Dentures

Overdentures (Hybrid implant supported Dentures):

Overdentures have been a remarkable innovation in implant dentistry.  When it comes to full arch tooth replacement, dentures supported implants like implant overdentures have gained popularity as a transformative solution because of its ability to mimic natural teeth, providing excellent stability and superior support than conventional dentures. A traditional denture is stabilized by anchoring it to 2-4 dental implants, effectively eliminating some of the biggest complaints that patients have such loose dentures and cannot chew effectively can be resolved. Because the denture is anchored partially on implants, the implant overdenture can produce more strength than traditional dentures. During chewing, the implant overdenture get support from both bone and gums unlike traditional dentures that derive support from only gum tissue, which flexes and moves. The implants also provide an anchor for the overdentures so they will not fall out during speaking or chewing.

Unlike traditional dental implants, which require the placement of one implant for missing teeth, overdentures utilize strategically positioned implants to support a complete set of teeth. Typically, the implants are placed towards the front and middle of the jaw, where the bone density is generally higher, providing better stability and foundation for the overlaying denture. The overdenture is designed to snap on and off of the implants, which allows the dentures to have a much stabler fit during chewing and speaking. Its removability allows for easy maintenance, which greatly improves longevity and success of the implants. The cost can vary depending on factors such as the number of implants required (typically 2 implants to 6 implants) and any additional procedures needed to achieve the desired outcome. It provides a great combination of function and comfort at great value for the price.                   

All-on-4 or 6 (Fully Implant-Supported Dentures or Bridge)

All-on-X dental implants are similar to an overdenture, but the dentures or bridges are fixed in place and cannot be removed by the patient. Because the dentures are fixed and supported entirely by implants, it will require more implants to support. The “X” in All-on-X represents the variable number of implants required to support the fixed, full arch prosthesis, which can range from four to six implants per arch. Also, a custom connecting support bar is often required to increase the support of the prosthesis.

While All-on-X dental implants offer remarkable benefits, they can be a more expensive treatment option compared to traditional dentures and implant overdentures. They cost more because it typically requires more implants, more expensive materials, and more complex manufacturing protocols than other full arch options. Patients should carefully consider their budget before committing to All-on-X dental implants.

All-on-X dental implants involve a comprehensive surgical procedure that may not be suitable for everyone. The placement of multiple implants in the jawbone requires adequate bone density and quality. Patients with significant bone loss may require additional procedures, such as bone grafting, to ensure implant success. This complexity can increase treatment time, cost, and potential complications.

Proper maintenance and care are crucial for the longevity of All-on-X dental implants. Diligent oral hygiene practices, such as brushing, flossing under the All-On-X prosthesis, are essential to prevent complications such as implant failure. Because the dentures and teeth cannot be removed, it will be harder for the patient to clean effectively around the implants under the All-On-X prosthesis at home, leading to more complications later on. It may be advised that the patient visit the dentist for more frequent cleanings  to ensure better longevity of the implants.

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