For many years the only solution for patients who had lost all of their natural teeth was to have unsecured dentures fitted. While dentures provide an adequate solution, because they are unsecured and not connected to the jawbone, over time problems often develop. These can include bone loss, giving the face a loose, sunken look; shrinking gums that cause dentures to become uncomfortable and ill-fitting, even prone to slipping out of the mouth at inappropriate moments; and difficulties with biting and chewing certain foods.
Full-mouth dental implants
Full-mouth dental implants are an alternative solution, which help to prevent many of these problems. Implant-supported bridges or dentures are more comfortable and more stable than unsupported dentures, making biting, chewing and even speaking easier. They are also designed to be a long-term solution to missing teeth. Because the implants connect directly to the jaw bone, they act much like natural tooth roots, meaning the bone is preserved better.
Same Day Smile
In some cases, for a full arch implant retained bridge or implant retained denture, it is possible to have a treatment called Same Day Smile (or All-On-4). This means that rather than placing implants and then waiting for them to heal with a temporary denture on top, the implants and their permanent bridge or denture are placed on the same day. Four implants are placed in your mouth and the bridge or denture is fitted on top, meaning you walk out of the practice with your permanent new teeth.
We offer a free implant consultation with our implant dentist, Patrick Rea. He will assess your suitability and provide you with a personal treatment plan and estimate of costs, as well as answering any questions or concerns you may have.