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Perth Dental Implant Centre makes every effort to help you keep your natural teeth throughout your lifetime. However, sometimes teeth require extraction due to gum disease, tooth decay, or trauma. Dentures and dental implants offer options to replace all or several missing teeth.
Replacing missing teeth with either choice enhances one’s quality of life(1) by providing benefits, such as:
The Pros and Cons of Dentures
Suction or full dentures offer a reliable way to replace either all or some missing teeth. Dentures have a stigma of being bulky and ill-fitting, however modern dentures of today can be a high-quality and natural-looking prosthetic solution to replacing missing teeth.
The Pros and Cons of Implant-Retained Dentures
One of the great achievements of modern dentistry is the capability to replace the roots of missing teeth with dental implants. Dentures supported by implants (also known as overdentures) instead of resting directly on the gums offer many advantages for replacing missing teeth.
Options for Implant-Retained Dentures
Implant-supported dentures clip on to implants placed in the bone to replace the roots of missing teeth. The benefits of implant-supported dentures include:
Implant-supported dentures offer these two options:
Ball Attachment Dentures
This denture fastens to implants placed in the lower jaw. Typically, two implants hold the denture in place. Some movement occurs, but stability and retention are superior to traditional dentures. Ball attachment dentures have proven high implant and denture survival and success rates, few complications, and high patient satisfaction.(2)
Milled Titanium Bar Dentures
A high-grade titanium bar unites all the implants on either the upper or lower jaw. The denture attaches to the bar, which provides superior retention and support for prosthetic teeth. This option is more expensive to manufacture than ball attachment dentures, however it can offer superior strength and stability.
The Pros and Cons of Full Mouth Implant Bridges
A popular choice of many people to regain their smile and ability to eat and speak normally after losing all upper or lower teeth is with full mouth implant bridges (also known as All-On-4® dental implants). Four to six precisely placed implants on either the upper or lower jaws support a bridge of teeth.
Generally, full mouth implant bridges are the preferred solution to replacing missing teeth. They share the same advantages of implant-retained dentures as well as some additional ones.
Options for Full Mouth Implant Bridges
Perth Dental Implant Centre uses two implant systems, MIS dental implants and Nobel Biocare’s All-On-4® dental implants. Both systems are TGA-approved and share comparable success rates, however All-On-4® dental implants are a well-recognised brand amongst patients and are the more costly option.
Dr David Norcross has adapted his technique to be able to provide implant treatment using both implant systems. Both systems use high grade titanium dental implants attached to teeth, made of one of the following materials:
A temporary acrylic bridge gets placed immediately after surgery so the mouth has time to heal. It can then be replaced with a permanent bridge using either titanium reinforced acrylic, or upgraded to a zirconia bridge which lasts longer.
Book a dental implant consultation
Dr. Norcross has 15 years’ experience replacing missing teeth with dental implants and can discuss all options to give you the most natural-looking and best functioning outcome. If your dental implants will be supported by a denture, our resident Prosthetist with 36 years’ experience will work closely with Dr. Norcross to custom design your new denture.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do dentures cost?
Our resident Prosthetist, Donagh McDonagh has 36 years’ experience designing high-quality, well-fitting dentures. The price for dentures can vary according to your individual needs and desires.
Full dentures are made of high impact acrylic and typically need replacing every few years.
Suction dentures range from $3,500 – $6,000.
How much do implant-retained dentures cost?
Dr. Norcross wants you to receive a high quality, affordable, natural-appearing, and functional replacement for your missing teeth. The price for dentures can vary according to your individual needs and desires.
For some patients, they can achieve greater comfort and function by combining a full suction denture with dental implants on the lower jaw only. After a comprehensive examination, you will receive a treatment plan and quote for all suitable options.
In some cases, we can even convert your existing lower denture into an implant-retained denture, which saves on total treatment costs.
How long do dentures last?
Suction dentures may need replacing every few years depending on how much bone you lose under the denture. Bone loss is inevitable with full suction dentures, which causes dentures to loosen.
How long do implant-retained dentures last?
Implant-supported dentures help to preserve your jaw bone and can last much longer than suction dentures. How long they last, depends on how well they are cared for. While the dental implants themselves can last a lifetime, the actual denture may last between 5 to 15 years before needing to be replaced.
How long does it take to get used to wearing dentures?
Wearing dentures will feel strange in the beginning. Most people need a few months before feeling accustomed to wearing them. (3) It would be best if you had Dr. Norcross evaluate the fit of your denture yearly.
What are the benefits of implant-supported dentures?
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.