Full mouth rehabilitation done right!
Meet our patient JG. JG sought out Dr. Anderson and our team to “improve the look and function of [his] teeth.” The upper right central incisor, “#8” was fractured, the bite collapsed over time, and the gum was of uneven contour. In working closely with JG’s general dentist, a comprehensive plan was developed to reach the chief concern.
Dr. Anderson leveled the gum profile and placed an implant the same day she extracted #8. After ample time healing, JG’s talented general dentist completed the case with full mouth restorations to address the weaknesses in his “occlusion” or bite and an implant crown on the central incisor.
JG is delighted with his results! Not only did his appearance improve to resemble his smile 20 years ago, but his confidence also returned as a result. Most importantly, the occlusion is now stable to protect his bite from collapsing. Happy patient!
If you feel you have a challenging case, contact our office for a consultation with Dr. Anderson and learn about what we can do to help you reach your goals! Reach Anderson Periodontal Wellness at (248) 480-4910.
Traditional, adhesive-affixed dentures are disadvantaged in many ways. Thanks to major advances in the development of dental implants, a more stable and more reliable alternative to conventional dentures is now commonly offered at surgeon offices across the country.
Dental implant fixed dentures affix to the patient’s anatomy quite literally. Implants hold bridges, dentures and other dental restorations firmly in place so you don’t suffer the slipping, sliding and mouth irritation you might experience with conventional dentures.
Take a look at what makes full arch implants special, along with how implant-supported dentures compare to conventional dentures.
All on 4 Dental Implants and Conventional Dentures
Conventional dentures leverage suction, adhesives or a combination of the two to stay in place in your mouth. The denture or “plate” is an acrylic prosthetic that is tissue borne only, meaning it relies on the gum on the top the mouth to stay in place. Because there is no “anchor” to fix to, the most common complaint of denture users is the lack of stability and therefore confidence in retention during chewing, speaking and interacting with others.
Dental implants solved the stability issues of traditional dentures by acting more like natural teeth. Based around a titanium screw or “post,” dental implants are embedded in the jawbone where they will fuse with the bone over the months following the implant placement procedure.
With the implants integrated with the jawbone, the stability and reliability from implant-supported dentures will be far superior to the support delivered by the adhesives and suction of conventional dentures.
Here are some of the many benefits you’ll enjoy with full arch dental implants, compared to conventional dentures:
- Smile confidently, knowing your dentures will not shift in your mouth and throw off your smile
- Eat confidently, knowing you cannot dislodge your dentures by eating tough or dense foods
- Speak confidently, knowing phonetics are predictable without distortion of your words
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Please see above for our patient M.Y. before and after photos. Her roots are covered and tissue improved for a healthier and more aesthetic smile! Dr. Anderson used autogenous grafting with a tunneled approach.
Gingival grafts are used to cover exposed roots and create a stronger foundation for the teeth. Gum deficiencies can be corrected with tissue harvested from your mouth or from other sources. Depending on the presentation, there are 3 general graft materials. Please see below for grafting descriptions:
1. Autogenous “from self”.
These grafts are taken from the palate or roof of the mouth. Autogenous grafts can come from tissue on the surface of the palate (epithelium) or the layer below (connective tissue). Autogenous grafts are vital (living) and bring vascular (blood) supply and beneficial healing cells. Supply is limited to the anatomy of the patient and location/thickness of desired tissue on the palate.
2. Allograft “from another of the same species”.
Cadaver dermis or skin is sterilized to make it devoid of living cells, proteins, viruses, and bacteria. After treatment the graft slowly turns into your gingiva or gum and blends well with your tissue. Allografts are non-vital or non-living and do not provide vascular or blood supply. Supply is unlimited as it is custom ordered for each patient.
3. Xenograft “from another species”.
Much like the allograft, xenografts are sterilized and used in a similar manner. These grafts are derived from either bovine (cow) or porcine (pig) dermis (skin). Xenografts are non-vital (non-living) and do not provide a vascular supply. Supply is unlimited as it is custom ordered for each patient.
As a diplomate and board certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson provides services involving dental implants, periodontics, tooth loss, implantology, crown lengthening, cosmetic dentistry, and plastic surgery in Birmingham, Troy, Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield, Troy, Ferndale, Royal Oak, and surrounding Oakland County, Michigan. To schedule your consult please call (248) 480-4910