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Dentures vs Implant-Retained Dentures vs Full Mouth Implant Bridges

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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:

  • Improved speech
  • Improved chewing ability (as well as nutrition and digestion)
  • Improved appearance by supporting facial muscles
  • A more aesthetically pleasing smile


  • In this article, we list the pros and cons to suction dentures, implant-retained dentures and full mouth implant bridges.

    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.

    Advantages

  • Less costly than other options
  • Allows for time to heal after recent extractions
  • Non-invasive option with no surgery required
  • Quicker healing times with no surgery
  • Less appointments than with implants
  • Less costly to maintain and repair
  • Easy to keep clean
  • Modern materials allow for a natural appearance
  • No surgery usually required


  • Disadvantages

  • Rely on suction to stay in place
  • Can come loose and impair speech and chewing
  • Appear less natural than implants
  • Require removal at night
  • Require replacements every few years
  • Can prevent eating certain foods
  • Do not preserve jaw bone like dental implants do
  • Require regular removal and thorough cleaning
  • May need denture adhesives for stability
  • Can cause pressure sores and irritation
  • Less biting force than implants
  • 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.

    Advantages

  • Superior aesthetics from very natural appearance
  • Maximum stability for a secure fit
  • More comfortable than traditional dentures
  • No impairment to the ability to taste food and drinks
  • Superior speech
  • Better nutrition due to an ability to chew food easier
  • Less irritation and sores on gums
  • Superior biting forces
  • Preserves the jaw bone unlike suction dentures
  • Maintains the shape and strength of the jaw unlike suction dentures
  • Longer lifespan due to sustained bone integrity
  • No need for denture adhesives


  • Disadvantages

  • Higher initial cost
  • Requires healthy gums and jaw bone
  • Requires surgery to place implants
  • Requires more time and appointments
  • Still need to be removed at night
  • 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:

  • Significant improvement in chewing due to increased biting force capability
  • Feel and function closer to natural teeth
  • Helps preserve gum tissue and jaw bone
  • Easy to clean
  • No loss of taste
  • Improve oral health


  • 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.

    Advantages

  • Look, feel and function just like natural teeth
  • Superior stability and strength
  • Cannot come loose, no movement at all
  • Don’t need to be removed at night
  • Offers a more permanent solution to teeth replacement
  • Can replace all missing teeth within 5 days
  • Easy to maintain
  • Less appointments than with implant-retained dentures


  • Disadvantages

  • Higher treatment cost
  • Higher cost to maintain and repair
  • Requires healthy gums and jaw bone
  • Requires surgery to place implants (surgical risks apply)
  • Options for Full Mouth Implant Bridges


    Acrylic Bridge
    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.

    Zirconia bridge
    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:

  • High impact acrylic
  • Monolithic zirconia
  • Zirconia layered porcelain


  • 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.

  • Titanium dental implants can last a lifetime with good care and oral hygiene
  • Acrylic bridges need replacing every 2 to 5 years on average
  • Zirconia bridges need replacing every 5 to 15 years on average


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    Book a dental implant consultation

    Dr Dave Norcross - Perth Dental Implant Centre
    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.

    To book a consultation at your dedicated dental implant clinic, call (08) 9470 3944 for East Victoria Park or (08) 9495 7999 for Kelmscott. You can also book online.

    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.

  • Conversion of a lower denture to an implant-retained denture is priced from $7,000.
  • A full upper denture and lower implant-retained denture on two dental implants is priced from $10,000.
  • An upper implant-retained denture is priced from $15,000.
  • 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?

  • Very natural appearance
  • Capable of more biting forces
  • Preserves supporting jaw bone
  • Retention
  • Stability
  • Longer lasting
  • Prevents a hollow cheek and prematurely-aged appearance
  • Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

    References

    1. http://www.quintpub.com/userhome/ijp/ijp_32_3_Medeiros_p272.pdf
    2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6784476/
    3. https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/dentures

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    Perth Dental Implant Alternatives

    Dental Implant Alternatives

    3 minute read

    If you want to replace one tooth, several teeth or all of your teeth, dental implants can be the most reliable long-term solution to restore your smile. However, dental implant costs are not affordable for everyone, and the surgery and timeline involved can also be challenging for some people. That’s why your dentist will make sure you know about dental implant alternatives.

    To know more about your options and help you make an informed decision, read this quick guide to the pros and cons of dental bridges, traditional dentures and implant-supported dentures, what each treatment costs, and how they compare to dental implants.

    Dental bridge

    Cost: $3000 to $5000

    A dental bridge can be an alternative to an implant for replacing one tooth or several missing teeth. Rather than being implanted in the jaw, a bridge relies on the surrounding teeth for support, so the teeth on either side of the gap need to be healthy.
    Perth Dental Implant Centre Dental-Bridge-BeforePerth Dental Implant Centre Dental Bridge After

    Dental bridge costs are based on the type of bridge and materials chosen and other factors.

    Pros with Dental Bridges

  • Natural-looking replacement teeth
  • Prevents teeth from shifting into the gap
  • May be more affordable than a dental implant
  • No oral surgery
  • Cons with Dental Bridges

  • A bridge can fail if the supporting teeth experience decay
  • Risk of sensitivity or nerve damage after the supporting teeth are prepared for crowns
  • Doesn’t support the jaw bone like an implant
  • Will likely need to be replaced after 10 to 15 years
  • Types of bridges

    There are several options for a dental bridge:

  • Traditional bridge – supported by crowns fitted over the surrounding healthy teeth
  • Cantilever bridge – supported by a crown on one side only, often used in the back of the mouth
  • Resin-bonded bridge – supported by metal or porcelain wings that attach to the back of the surrounding teeth, often used for front teeth
  • Your replacement tooth and crowns may be made from tooth-coloured porcelain (ceramic) or acrylic for a natural appearance or porcelain fused to metal (PFM) if extra strength is needed. Metal bridges and crowns are a stronger option, but less popular for their artificial appearance.

    Treatment process

    If you choose a three-unit bridge supported by crowns, the two healthy teeth on either side of the gap will first need to be filed down in preparation. Your dentist will then take an impression of your teeth that’s used to design your bridge and crowns.

    You’ll be fitted with a temporary bridge and crowns while your custom restorations are being manufactured. Once these are ready, they will be cemented into place. It takes a few days for crowns to bond fully with the teeth, so care must be taken when eating and brushing around the bridge.

    Dentures

    Cost: $1200 to $6000

    Removable dentures are usually the most affordable option for replacing teeth, but they can be less convenient than a fixed bridge and don’t support the jaw bone like an implant, which may lead to bone deterioration and premature ageing in the face.

    Perth Dental Implant Centre Upper and lower dentures

    Denture costs depend on how many teeth are being replaced, the quality of denture materials and the experience of the prosthetist (dental technician) designing your dentures.

    Pros with Dentures

  • Most affordable option for replacing teeth
  • Can replace as many teeth as needed
  • Natural-looking replacement teeth
  • No oral surgery, unless you need complex extractions
  • Cons with Dentures

  • Less strong and supportive than a dental implant
  • Full dentures rely on suction, so may dislodge
  • May cause pain, discomfort or difficulties with eating and speaking
  • May need to be replaced or relined every 2 to 5 years
  • Types of dentures

    The type of dentures you choose depends on how many teeth you want to replace:

  • Full dentures (or complete dentures) replace a full set of teeth in the upper or lower jaw. They attach to the roof of the mouth or the gum by suction.
  • Partial dentures replace one or several teeth. These are attached to surrounding healthy teeth by clasps.
  • Dentures may be made from acrylic or metal and are designed by our Prosthetist to look as close to natural teeth as possible.

    Dentures Treatment process

    If you need to have teeth extracted first, your dentist will recommend giving your gums time to heal before your dentures are made, otherwise frequent adjustments may be needed. You can be provided with immediate dentures to wear in the meantime.

    Once your gums have healed, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth and design your custom dentures, which will be made by our resident Prosthetist. When your dentures are ready, your dentist will check that they fit correctly and give you advice about wearing and cleaning your dentures.

    Implant-supported dentures

    Cost: $8000 to $15,000

    Also called implant-retained dentures or clip-on dentures, implant-supported dentures are full dentures that are retained using dental implants surgically placed in the jaw. This offers more stability than traditional dentures that rely on suction to stay in place. They also help to support the jaw, reducing bone loss and jaw shrinking.

    The cost of implant-supported dentures depends on the type of dentures and number of implants required.

    Pros with Implant-supported Dentures

  • More stable and comfortable than removable dentures
  • Improved biting force allows for a wider range of foods
  • Don’t impair ability to taste like dentures attached to the palate
  • Help to reduce bone loss in the jaw
  • Cons with Implant-supported Dentures

  • Costs more than standard dentures
  • Longer treatment time with more appointments
  • Involves oral surgery and associated clinical risks
  • Types of implant-supported dentures

    PDIC Implant supported denture - ball-retained denture

    The two main options for implant-supported dentures are:

  • Ball-retained dentures – use locator attachments that clip onto each implant separately, improving stability and retention
  • Bar dentures – the denture clips onto a titanium bar that connects all implants in the mouth
  • Your dentist may offer more options if you only want to replace one or several teeth.

    Implant-Supported Denture Treatment process

    Dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw bone to replace missing tooth roots. Your dentist will explain what’s involved in the dental implant procedure so you can decide if it’s the right treatment option for you.

    After the implants are placed, it takes several months for them to bond with the jaw bone and form a strong foundation for your dentures. Your dentist will then take an impression of your mouth and design your custom dentures.

    Find out more about teeth replacement in Perth

    If you want to replace missing teeth and to know more about your options, book a consultation with Dr David Norcross of Perth Dental Implant Centre. We can give you all the information you need about implants and alternatives so you can make an informed decision about your oral health.

    Perth Dental Implant Centre Dr David NorcrossDr David Norcross is a General Dentist who has dedicated the majority of his career to the ongoing education and placement of dental implants. David has completed a number of international implant surgery training courses, and has been fortunate enough to spend time learning from some of the most experienced implant surgeons in the UK, Australia and the US. Dr Norcross is a lecturer and mentor for MIS Implants and the Dental Implantology Academy (DIA). He delivers several dental implant training courses and live surgery demonstrations every year for new and emerging dentists, and places an average of 300 dental implants each year.

    To book a consultation at your dedicated dental implant clinic, call (08) 9470 3944 for East Victoria Park or (08) 9495 7999 for Kelmscott. You can also book online.

    References

  • Healthdirect. Dental bridge procedure [Online] 2019 [Accessed September 2020] Available from: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/dental-bridge-procedure
  • Healthdirect. Dental implant procedure [Online] 2019 [Accessed September 2020] Available from: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/dental-implant
  • Healthdirect. Dentures [Online] 2019 [Accessed September 2020] Available from: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/dentures
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