If you are missing most or all of your teeth, you may feel self-conscious about your appearance and experience difficulty when eating. At Smiles for Life Dental Care, we offer dental implants to restore dental function, improving both confidence and oral health.
Traditionally, removable dentures have been the primary treatment for those who are missing all of their teeth. While they are still an option, dental implants have become increasingly popular because they provide better dental function and comfort. Here, we'll take a closer look at the different full arch replacement options available at our Harrisonburg, VA, practice.
Full Arch Replacement Improves Oral Health
Missing one full arch or both arches of teeth can make it difficult to eat, speak, or smile with confidence. But when tooth loss remains untreated, it can cause lasting changes to the jaw and alter the appearance of the face.
Treating tooth loss with full arch replacement can help improve dental function. When dental implants are used, changes that tooth loss can cause to the jaw can be prevented.
There are different options for full arch replacement that can improve oral health. Here are just a few options enjoyed by our Harrisonburg patients.
Traditional Removable Dentures
Traditional removable dentures are a widely used treatment for restoring a full arch of teeth. Traditional dentures are custom-made for each patient to provide a more comfortable and snug fit. This helps the dentures stay in place when in use; in addition, many patients also use a denture adhesive to further secure their dentures in place.
Removable dentures can help with chewing, talking, and supporting the facial tissues.
Although dentures can be beneficial, there are some drawbacks to this treatment. For instance, removable denture wearers will have difficulty eating certain foods, like corn on the cob or apples. It is also important to note that removable dentures do not prevent the jawbone from atrophying, which can happen with prolonged tooth loss.
Implant-supported dentures are a more secure option for replacing a full arch of missing teeth. Implant-supported dentures are more stable than traditional dentures because they anchor within the mouth using several dental implants, which are surgically placed within the jaw.
Implant-supported dentures stay in place without messy adhesives, but they can be easily removed for cleaning. Plus, they feel more natural than traditional dentures.
The dental implants used for implant-supported dentures help prevent jawbone loss by stimulating the jawbone tissue in a similar manner as natural tooth roots.
The Prettau® bridge is another option that can replace a full arch of teeth at our Harrisonburg practice. Like implant-supported dentures, the Prettau bridge secures firmly with dental implants.
The Prettau bridge is made of a durable, natural looking material, called zirconia, which has the added benefit of stain and odor resistance. Another reason to consider the Prettau bridge is that it can be attached to dental implants at the time the implants are placed.
All-on-4® treatment also uses dental implants to replace a full arch of teeth. As the name suggests, All-on-4 treatment only uses four dental implants to permanently anchor dentures within the mouth.
All-on-4 treatment uses mini dental implants, often making it a good choice for those who do not have sufficient jawbone to support traditional dental implants.
Which Treatment Is Right for You?
If you are missing one or both arches of teeth, full arch replacement can help restore your smile. To find out which treatment is right for you, please call (540) 828-2312 to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.