When it comes to full mouth rehabilitation there are several options. Dr. Sedaros will go through each option with you to make a customized plan for your specific needs. Many people who wear dentures find them difficult when eating and uncomfortable to wear. Having the option of a fixed denture or removable denture using dental implants can make everyday life much easier.
A Locator Overdenture is a type of denture that is snapped into the lower jaw using two surgically placed implants. Although it will not move like a traditional denture, it is not quite as fixed as other surgical options. You will remove this denture and clean and care for the area. It will also be necessary for you to have this denture adjusted periodically.
A Bar Retained Overdenture requires 4-6 surgically placed dental implants (depends on the size of your jaw as to how many you will need). After these implants healed, a bar is placed over them that snaps into the denture. This option is much more stable than the locator denture. You will detect little to no movement in the overdenture. This denture can also be snapped out for easy cleaning and care.
A Fixed Hybrid requires four to six implants to be surgically placed. Often a temporary set of teeth can be placed the same day as surgery. After a healing time, your final prosthesis will be placed by your general dentist. This option is the most stable of the ones mentioned above. Only your dentist will be able to remove this denture. It is very important that you routinely see you dentist to ensure that your mouth stays healthy but other than that, this option is the closest to having your natural teeth.
On occasion, patients have been told that they are not candidates for dental implants due to lack of bone in the upper jaw. The missing bone could be a result of long term tooth loss, trauma, cancer or tumors in that region. Zygoma implants differ from conventional implants because they are attached to the body of the zygomatic bone (cheekbone). Zygomatic implants are done for the edentulous (no teeth) upper jaw where there is severe bone resorption of the maxilla (upper jaw) where bone conditions have insufficient anchorage for a traditional dental implant. It is possible that the implants are loaded on the same day of surgery. One of the biggest advantages of this implant is to avoid a sinus lift and decrease the timeline that the final prosthesis can be delivered.
This technique, which Dr. Sedaros has had extensive training, allows patients who would not be candidates for traditional dental implants, to benefit from the same aesthetic and functionality that they would if they had adequate bone for traditional dental implants. This denture can only be removed by your dentist.