Choosing Your Best Solution
Conventional and Immediate Dentures.
Conventional dentures may be removable or fixed. Removable dentures are taken out of the mouth at night for cleaning and disinfecting, then inserted and held in place using denture adhesives. Fixed dentures are only removed by your dentist. They are supported by a series of dental implants to which the denture is attached.
A conventional denture is made and placed after any remaining natural teeth have been removed and tissues have healed. This can take a month or more. Immediate dentures are inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed.
The convenience of not having to remove dentures for daily cleaning has led to the increasing popularity of implant supported dentures. However, implant-supported dentures with acrylic gums and porcelain teeth are much harder to maintain over time. These materials attract plaque, stains, and odors. While removable dentures are cleaned and disinfected outside the mouth, fixed dentures require a higher level of daily attention because they are not removed. Also, the older these dentures become, the more prone they are to chipping, breaking, and overall failure.
For patients seeking a truly permanent solution, our practice provides Full-Arch Prettau® Zirconia bridges as the founding member of the Teeth Tomorrow® Network of Advanced Implant Dentists. These natural-looking teeth and gums supported by dental implants are sculpted from a single piece of non-porous material that does not attract plaque, stains, or odors. Dr. Patch’s five-year study of 153 patients receiving a total of 219 Prettau® Zirconia bridges demonstrated a 100% success rate. A similar study of implant-supported acrylic bridges with denture teeth revealed that nearly 1 out of every 4 dentures failed and needed to be replaced.