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According to the American College of Prosthodontists, more than 36 million Americans are edentulous, meaning they are missing all of their natural teeth. This can severely impact the appearance of the smile, as well as make a person more susceptible to malnutrition because of a lack of chewing ability (even for those who wear dentures). However, thanks to dental implants, a person missing all of their teeth can now have them completely replaced, and they can provide the strength, stability, and durability they need to live a full, healthy life well into their golden years.
Teeth in a day, also known as implant-supported dentures or a hybrid, is a fixed solution where a person can have their teeth replaced in just one day by placing 5-6 implants and connecting them to a row of lab-fabricated teeth. It's different from implant-assisted dentures (i.e., overdenture) in that the appliance is fixed in the mouth, meaning you don't have to take it in and out. In most instances, the teeth can be extracted, implants placed, and appliance fixated to the implants on the same day. This treatment allows for even more people to benefit from dental implants, while getting the most cosmetic result that will best resemble their natural appearance and function.
With an implant-assisted denture (i.e., overdenture), the denture itself is attached directly to a row of 3-4 dental implants. The implants will actually support the jaw from the inside, and this helps the jawbone maintain its shape and strength over time. They’re much more secure compared to a traditional denture, allowing a patient to have a much stronger bite force. This, in turn, enables a patient to eat more nutritious foods, which is one of the essential elements to living a healthy life regardless of age.
A traditional full denture consists of a row of prosthetic teeth attached to a gum-colored base, and they are typically held in place using natural suction against the gums or denture adhesive. While advances in dental prosthetics have made dentures more comfortable and natural-looking than ever, they still don’t prevent the bone resorption that can cause them to lose their fit and become uncomfortable. The bone atrophy can make future implant placement impossible. While they can be a fantastic solution, they are far from a permanent one.
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