I Want All My Teeth Removed and Replaced: What are My Options?
Losing your teeth can sometimes be an unavoidable occurrence as you go through life. Sometimes teeth are lost to decay or disease. Other times we lose a tooth due to trauma.
Do you have a missing tooth? Do you want to find a tooth replacement option that works without compromising the quality? This article will help you discover the best options used in tooth replacement, such as dentures and surgical implants, and how to decide between your choices.
When all your teeth are gone, and you want them replaced, you have two main options available:
- Dentures (temporary fill in for lost teeth)
- Dental implants (permanent teeth replacement option)
Dentures are removable frames used to replace a missing tooth or the entire mouth of teeth. They are specially made to replace an individual’s missing or diseased teeth. It has the function of giving the teeth a pleasant appearance, boosting your confidence and restoring your smile.
Dentures are durable and are optimal if you like a removable solution for your missing teeth. Dentures are less expensive for patients with missing teeth, and this is arguably one of the most common reasons that people consider it. If you are considering dentures for your tooth replacement, please keep reading so you are aware of the potential disadvantages that come with this option.
The part of the disadvantages of denture is when eating; dentures will not allow the consumption of sticky or hard foods such as caramel. When getting full-mouth dentures, you will have all teeth pulled to accommodate the new teeth, which can be a painful process. Also, they may not be tightened to your gums, so they can move and shift around, and this can be frustrating.
Are you considering implant-supported dentures for your tooth replacement but often wonder how they work or the best dentist to visit for the procedure? Knowing the necessary steps to take in having your tooth replaced will be much easier once you know the essential details.
Types of Dentures
- Bar retained dentures: This is a thin metal bar which gets aligned with the curve of the jaw. It is fixed to two to five dental implants which are attached on the jawbone.
- Ball retained dentures: In this type, the dental implant gets attached to the jawbone with post topped by a metal ball. This metal ball gets fixed into another attachment on the denture.
Implant-supported dentures are the dentures that are fixated in your mouth through the help of implants. Just like any other type of implants, they will be inset into your gums to provide support, thus preventing the teeth from falling out. It is done when you no longer have any teeth in your mouth or if your teeth are not healthy enough and you want them removed and replaced by dentures.
However, one must know that the shortest time frame for the procedure for implant-supported dentures is five months if it is done in the lower jaw and seven months if it is done in the upper jaw.
Moreover, implant-supported dentures processes may be painful, but once it’s done, you will get comfortable with it.
The main downside of the implant-supported dentures is daily removal for cleaning. You will need to remove the dentures at least once every day to thoroughly clean them. These dentures should also be removed before going to bed. If you don’t want to have to remove your teeth continually, you can ask your dentist if your gums are healthy enough to support full-mouth implants with dental crowns. However, these are not removable without a dental procedure; many prefer the simplicity of having implant-supported dentures.
If you want all of your teeth removed and to undergo a one-time teeth replacement, All-on-4 implants may be the best solution to restore your smile. All-on-4 implants can bring back your natural look and your teeth function by using four strategically-placed dental implants as the foundation.
All-on-4 implants are quite different from other tooth replacement options such as ball retained and bar-retained dentures. An all-on-4 dental implant is not removable. All the teeth are permanently fixed to the dental implants.
One of the benefits that make all-on-4 implants better than other tooth replacement processes is that the operation can generally be carried out in a day. Meanwhile, the individual tooth replacement with traditional dentures can take several appointment days in weeks or months to complete.
By comparison, all-on-4 implants can be virtually an instant full-mouth restoration. Though situations and patients body response to the procedure may differ, the average result for all-on-4 implant surgery is to have functional and beautiful teeth the same day. You will be able to eat and smile fairly well immediately after the process.
If you are being stuck on the affordability to replace an entire set of teeth or a missing tooth, the good news is that you can now restore your beautiful teeth at a fraction of the cost. This may sound too good to be true, but we’ve helped hundreds of patients do just that thanks to this innovative treatment.
At Walnut Hill Dental Group, we are experts in both simple dentures and implant stabilised dentures. Our specialist prosthodontists will be able to advise which type of replacement will be best for you, and ensure they are both comfortable and pleasant looking.