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By PearlFection Dentistry
December 30, 2020
Category: Orthodontics

Why are implant-supported dentures one of today's best tooth-replacement options? Just ask the happy patients who wear them. At PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, our highly skilled team provides All-on-4 dentures, restoring the stability, smile appearance and self-confidence of scores of qualified patients. Learn more about this amazing dental breakthrough.

Conventional dentures

They are suitable in some cases of extensive tooth loss, but frankly, traditional partial and full dentures do not help you retain the bone density and facial contours you had when your natural teeth were in place. Additionally, conventional tooth replacements change how you eat and speak. Plus, Science Direct reports that the biting power of denture wearers is only one-fifth that of people with complete sets of natural teeth.

Enter implant-supported dentures

Dental implants have revolutionized tooth replacement around the world. Small titanium metal screws inserted into the alveolar ridge of the jaw, implants bond with your supporting bone, recreating tooth roots lost to extraction.

After osseointegration is complete, your dentist attaches a metal post and custom-made porcelain crown to finish a single-tooth dental implant. Amazingly, he or she can place multiple implants--typically two to six--to support a bridge or full denture.

This procedure is called All-on-4. Performed with a local anesthetic, the implant surgery usually places two implants at the front of the mouth and two at the back. When the sites have healed sufficiently, you'll receive your permanent, fixed denture which is lifelike, stable and relatively easy to keep clean. Only your dentist can remove it.

Benefits of All-on-4 dentures

1. They stay in your mouth. There is no soaking or denture adhesives.

2. The implants improve the quality and density of your underlying jaw bone.

3. Have full, youthful facial contours.

4. Enjoy a healthy diet with a variety of foods.

5. Have efficient biting and chewing.

Contact PearlFection Dentistry

At our Frederick, MD, office, our dentists deliver the dental treatments you need all under one roof. Our general, cosmetic and restorative dentists are Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, and Dr. Nikta Pashai. Our specialty dentists include periodontist, Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist, Dr. Amos Chi, oral surgeon, Dr. Brian Chang, and endodontist, Dr. Pratik Patel. Dr.Leo Perez DDS, MD is our on-site oral surgeon and general surgeon, and Dr. Leslie Oakes is our board-certified pediatric dentist, and orthodontist, Dr. Stephen Tigani.

Why not call PearlFection Dentistry today for a consultation on All-On-4 implant-supported dentures? Reach us at (301) 663-5550. We are 45 minutes from Washington, DC, and 45 minutes from Baltimore. We serve the areas of Hagerstown and Germantown, MD.

By PearlFection Dentistry
October 26, 2018

Find out how dental implants can help improve the fit and feel of dentures.

Mouth DenturesAre you someone who has dentures but isn’t fully satisfied? Are you someone who is dealing with extensive tooth loss who wants to weigh all of your tooth replacement options? Whatever the case might be, our general, cosmetic and restorative dentists general, cosmetic and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, Dr. Alex Sin Deuk Kim, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani in Frederick and Urbana, MD, are here to explain more about this popular dental prosthetic and how it works.

Most people know what dentures are but may not know how they work. Dentures are a set of false teeth attached to a gum-like foundation that is held in place with clasps or through suction with your natural gum tissue. Of course, dentures can shift or move around in your mouth while talking or chewing, making it difficult and sometimes challenging for denture wearers to truly feel at ease with their new teeth. To prevent dentures from moving around, our Frederick and Urbana, MD, restorative dentists offer implant-supported dentures.

What are implants?

It’s important to understand what implants are and how they function before understanding what they can do to improve the fit and function of your dentures. Implants are small titanium posts that are designed to replace your missing tooth roots.

In order to do this, our dental specialists will need to surgically place the implant(s) into the jawbone to act like tooth roots. Some patients may prefer sedation to make the process smoother. Over several months, the jawbone and implants will naturally bond together to become one, making this restoration a permanent fixture within the jawbone.

How can implants hold dentures in place?

When it comes to implant-supported dentures there are two main types: bar-retained dentures and ball-retained dentures. Either type requires a minimum of two dental implants placed in the front of the jawbone, where there tends to be more bone than in the back even if bone loss isn’t present.

For bar-retained dentures, a metal bar that is curved like the jawbone is attached to the top of the implant. From there, attachments secure the dentures over the bar to clip them into place so dentures don’t move around. For ball-retained dentures, specific metal attachments are placed on each implant, which then attaches to the dentures in a ball-and-socket design. Our team of oral surgeons, periodontists, general doctors and prosthodontists will work together to make your implant supported denture function and fit well

If you are interested in learning more about dental implant-supported dentures and how they could benefit your smile for the long run, then schedule an appointment with Pearlfection Dentistry. We are proud to provide restorative dental services to the Hagerstown, and Germantown, MD, areas and are located just 45 minutes away from Washington, DC and Baltimore. Call us today.