Implant Dentistry in Savannah, GA
What are the different types of dentures?
Dentures have long been used when most or all of the teeth are missing. Today’s dental technology provides more options than ever before, but all dentures fall into one of four basic types:
• Full: Full dentures replace all of the teeth on the upper or lower arch, or both. An upper denture uses suction to adhere to the roof of the mouth, while a lower denture rests on the gums. For this reason, upper dentures are generally more stable than lower dentures. Full dentures are removable.
• Partial: Partial dentures are used when several, but not all, of the teeth are missing on the upper or lower arch. A partial denture clips onto the adjacent healthy teeth and is removable.
• Snap-on: Snap-on dentures are an excellent solution for full denture wearers seeking more stability, who do not want to invest in fixed implant-supported dentures. Just two dental implants are placed per arch, providing a support structure to which a full denture can be secured. The denture is still removable, but it will stay in place until you remove it.
• Implant-Supported: Implant-supported dentures are the gold standard, as they provide a full, fixed set of highly realistic replacement teeth. Just a handful of implants are needed, and the teeth function just like natural teeth.
Implants Are an Ideal Replacement
Dental implants appear life-like as they come up through the gums, and look and function just like real teeth. They return the ability to chew a variety of foods and give a full and healthy smile. Implants can replace one or many missing teeth. Those with no teeth can benefit, as they can replace dentures that slip and tilt and instead provide stability when chewing or speaking. There is no need to go to another dental office, as we have complete capabilities for this process from post placement to crown fabrication.
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Immediate Load Implants – Another Option
In addition to traditional implants, we offer our patients All-on-4™ immediate load implants. They are placed in your mouth and immediately are ready to absorb any pressure from chewing. Previously, there was a waiting time of six months for the adjacent bone to heal. As we can complete the entire procedure in our office in a single visit, there is no need to be referred to an oral surgeon. These will securely hold your dentures in place with only four implants and never need to be removed. They provide support as strong as your natural teeth.
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What Are Overdentures?
Overdentures are a great solution for those who are bothered by loose, slipping, or ill-fitting dentures, but do not want to invest in an implant-supported fixed bridge or prefer to remove their dentures every day for cleaning. Overdentures can be supported by as few as two dental implants, depending on your individual situation. The dentures lock onto the implants, providing stability, security, and enhanced chewing ability, but you can remove them whenever you like. With so few implants, they are also a cost-effective alternative to a fixed bridge.
Overdentures – The Answer for Slipping Dentures
If you have been wearing dentures for a number of years and are tired of and annoyed from the slipping, tilting, or wandering, we have a solution to these problems. With overdentures, your bridge or denture is secured with implants. Our dental team will give you a comfortable fit, and you will be happy with both the great look and stability when speaking and eating. They will return your confidence and keep you smiling.
Are Overdentures the Right Solution for Me?
Also known as snap-on dentures, overdentures are a sort of midrange solution between traditional dentures and a fixed implant-supported bridge. Overdentures lock onto two or more dental implants, providing significantly enhanced stability and bite force as compared to traditional dentures. However, they can be removed at night or for cleaning. Because they require few implants, they are much less expensive than a fixed implant-supported bridge. If you don’t mind a removable option, but find traditional dentures painful or bothersome, overdentures may be the right choice for you.
Look Years Younger with Custom Dentures
Dentures may be replacements for loss of your natural teeth, but they do not help to maintain facial contours that give a more youthful appearance. We use special neuromuscular techniques to custom design your dentures. These take into account the relationships between your teeth, jaws, and facial muscles, in order to restore the facial contours that have been lost from aging or tooth loss. We also anchor your denture plate and eliminate all the worry and embarrassment from shifting and slipping. If you want to regain a more youthful appearance and be more comfortable and confident when eating and speaking, please ask us about our custom dentures.
How much do dentures cost?
The cost of dentures varies widely depending on factors ranging from geographic location to the specific materials from which they are made, as well as the skill and experience of the dentist who crafts them. Basic economy dentures can be found for a few hundred dollars per arch, but these do not always fit well or look realistic. High-end, incredibly functional and aesthetic dentures crafted by a prosthodontist or denture expert can cost a few thousand dollars per arch. If you want implant-supported dentures, you will also need to plan for the cost of dental implants.
We will carefully examine your mouth and provide a range of options. The right solution for you may be different than the right solution for someone else. When selecting dentures, it is important to balance form, functionality, and budget to make the right choice.