Implants, Overdentures and All-on-4’s (a.k.a Teeth in a Day)
The old days of wearing false teeth that come in and out of your mouth are far gone. We now have better options that are scientifically and clinically proven. Dental implants have changed how we replace missing teeth. In fact, the development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth1. The bone around the implant heals in a process called osseointegration. Your bone actually grows around the implant and holds it in place. After a few months of healing, replacement teeth can be attached to the implant. In some cases, the replacement teeth can be placed all in one visit.
Individual abutments, crowns and bridges can be placed on top of these implants, replacing your missing teeth. Picture2 below shows the implant, abutment and crown. These dental implants can be restored permanently; you will not need to put these in and out of your mouth.
If you’re missing all of your teeth, you have a few options. You can have multiple implants placed and have all of your teeth restored with implant bridges. As a more economic option, you can opt to do implant overdentures or All-on-4’s/Teeth in a Day.
Implant overdentures are one of the more economic ways to replace all of your missing teeth. Traditional dentures are made with “buttons” that can snap on to just a few implants. The few implants provide more stability and strength compared to having just tissue-borne regular dentures. With this option, however, you will need to remove the overdentures out during night time to clean.
All-on-4’s/Teeth in a Day
No matter what brand name you use, the technique is similar. With this option, you can walk out of surgery with fixed teeth to replace the entire edentulous arch. Longer or angled implants are strategically placed and the immediate denture is screwed into these implants. You will need a permanent denture after bone and tissue healing. These restorations are considered “permanent” and you will not need to remove them during night time. You can get then unscrewed and removed periodically for cleaning purposes.
There are indications and contraindications for each of the procedures listed above. Moreover, there are many other ways to replace your missing teeth. For more information, give us a call at (973) 838-1177 for a consultation.
The entire team at Dr. Rebecca Bae, DDS is excited to meet you in person.
Dr. Rebecca Bae, DDS
1375 State Route 23 South
Butler, NJ 07405