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Dentures vs. Dental Implants
Phoenix, AZ

Picture of a dental implant.
There are options for patients who are missing some or all of their teeth. Our staff can restore your bite and provide you with a full set of firm stable teeth that will stay in place permanently. Traditional dentures provide limited function, but we have options today that can help your dentures work and feel much like your natural teeth. At David R. Moyer Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we offer several full-arch restoration solutions, including fixed implant dentures. We can help you eat your regular diet and feel secure in a set of teeth that will stay in place improving your speech and helping you feel more comfortable in public.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is surgically placed into the mouth and acts as a replacement to a missing tooth. The implant is a small titanium threaded device that we place underneath the gum tissue and into the jawbone during a minimally invasive surgery completed in our office. If you are missing multiple teeth, then we may place multiple implants depending on the prosthetic being used. After the implants have been deeply embedded into the jawbone, we suture the incisions and send the patient home for a period of healing.

The bone healing and growing time can take some time, generally about six months. During this phase the jawbone will fuse to the implant in a process known as osseointegration meaning the bone grows around the device incorporating it in. This fusing process is largely responsible for the many benefits of dental implants. Once fused, your implant-supported restoration will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.

With dental implants, we can permanently support your denture.

Image of dentures soaking in water.

Traditional Dentures

Traditional loose dentures are an affordable solution to tooth loss, but they were never an ideal solution. Patients who use adhesives or suction to hold their denture in place are faced with a number of potentially embarrassing challenges. The denture will never feel secure in your mouth without dental implants.

A denture is a removable prosthetic that can be used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. It consists of false teeth that are set in a pink colored acrylic base. The base is designed to fit snugly over the gum tissue and typically requires an adhesive to stay in place. The problem is that gum tissue shrinks, making the snug fit loose, and dentures are often found to be uncomfortable to wear and the source of embarrassment in social situations. We have options to improve the fit, feeling and function.

Fixed Denture with Dental Implants

A fixed implant denture, sometimes referred to as an implant retained denture, relies on a series of implants for support. The number of implants you receive depends on the type of denture. There are several options available including:
•  All-on-4® Treatment Concept: This system uses between 4-6 implants on each arch to permanently retain your denture. Often, there is no need for a bone graft prior to surgery, even if you’ve been wearing dentures for years. We use a longer implant that is placed at an angle to grasp thicker bone for a firmer, permanent hold. The All on 4 system is also known as an immediate load denture, meaning the implants and denture are secured permanently in place all in one day.
•  Bar Supported Dentures with Implants: This system has a bar attached to a framework of implants. The patient is able to hook their denture on and off the bar system, meaning that it can be secure and firm, or removable when needed. Some patients like the removable option for cleaning. The number of implants used varies.
•  Bar Retained Dentures with Implants: This system uses a varied number of dental implants and allows the patient to snap their denture on and off the implants. This means that the patient can choose to have their denture firmly held in place or be able to remove it when needed. Some patients prefer the freedom to rest their gums or to clean their denture outside of their mouth. Though, the gum tissue shouldn’t become irritated like it does with loose dentures because the denture is firm in place, not shifting.

To learn more, give us a call at 480.935.6295, to get started with your consultation.