Before: Missing Front Teeth
Replace Denture: Before Treatment photo

A 60 year old woman came to Dental Care Professionals after begin fed up with wearing a denture for 20 years. She wanted to be able to eat hard foods again and be able to bite into food while eating.

After: New Denture Full Smile
Replace Denture: After Treatment photo

The solution was to give her two implants to support a porcelain bridge, giving her back her freedom to eat foods that she had missed out on for many years.

About the Treatments that Replaced a Denture with Dental Implants

The patient was very unhappy with her denture and wanted something that would give her greater comfort while eating that was more permanent and looked natural.

With the teeth roots completely missing, the treatment option of using dental implants as part of a replacement solution was identified as a possibility. X-rays and an assessment of overall mouth and dental health confirmed that the patient would be able to support this approach.

The choice of porcelain for the bridge was a cosmetic decision the patient made after being shown the options and discussion about the hygiene routines of each of the alternatives.

Dental Implants

new-smile-implantsHaving dental implants is a surgical procedure that does frighten some patients. In this case, the patient wanted a more permanent solution for their discomfort and reduced quality of life so willingly underwent the surgery to implant structures for supporting a bridge.

There is a significant recovery period of 3 to 6 months after the implants are placed to ensure the natural bonding process with the jawbone happens and gives you a strong structure for fitting a bridge or artificial teeth.

Porcelain Bridge

couple-smilingThe patient chose to have a porcelain bridge created and fitted because of it’s similarity in appearance to natural teeth.

While the implants were bonding and the healing process was allowed to complete, the patient was given a temporary bridge. This temporary bridge was then replaced with the final porcelain bridge that had been specially crafted and coloured matched for the patient.

Information for You

Some patients with dentures may need different treatment options to the ones used for this patient; to get the smile you want. Modern dentistry treatments mean that there are other options that can be helpful alternatives for patients depending on their individual situation.

We recommend that you speak to a dentist to find out what will work best for you – not just for your budget but also to make sure that your teeth, gums and smile will look beautiful a lifetime.

Alternatives to Dentures

Living with an uncomfortable denture isn’t something anyone wants to do. Now there are alternatives that can make your life bearable and have your smile looking beautiful.

Even if you’re happy with a denture, the latest materials make them more natural looking and can give you greater comfort than an older denture.