Thanks to advances in dental materials and technology, patients have more choices than ever when it comes to dental implants and dentures. In fact, these two popular methods for replacing missing teeth have come together to provide more options to suit many budgets.
Removable dentures are an economical way to restore a patient’s smile when there are missing teeth. Yet dentures are challenging for some patients to wear. Upper dentures can come loose when people eat or speak and cause embarrassment. Lower dentures can easily become dislodged by tongue movement. Loose dentures can also keep a person from eating a nutritious diet. In addition, removable dentures cause bone loss in the jaw over time by pressing against the bony ridges that formerly supported the natural teeth. Dr. Munné solves these problems by supporting removable dentures with dental implants that hold dentures firmly in place while preventing bone loss.
These are very much like removable implant dentures. The main difference is that fixed implant dentures can only be removed by Dr. Munné in the office, while removable dental implant dentures can be removed by the patient. Dental implants form a strong, solid foundation for fixed dentures using as few as four dental implants to anchor complete upper or lower dentures. These dentures will not loosen or slip. So people can eat whatever they want, speak normally and eliminate the need for denture creams or adhesives. People who choose fixed dental implant-supported dentures report that they feel much more like their own natural teeth. Though dental implant-supported dentures are more expensive initially, they never need to be replaced or remade like removable dentures.
A newer dental implant-supported denture technique is called All-on-4. Using the precise placement of just four scientifically angled dental implants, Dr. Munné can replace an entire arch (upper or lower) of missing teeth. All-on-4 can add 20 years or more of life to a person’s smile. Best of all, All-on-4 can be completed in as little as one day! If a person either wears dentures now or has many missing or failing teeth, the All-on-4 procedure may be the best solution for a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles.
Discover more about solutions for missing teeth with periodontist Anna Munné, DDS. Call 1-713-795-4666 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form. Our dental implant and dentures patients come to us from Brazoria County, Montgomery County, Harris County and Fort Bend County, TX, including Sugar Land, The Woodlands, Houston, Bellaire, Missouri City, Pearland and nearby communities.