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West Park Dental Provides Snap-In Dentures and the All-on-4 Fixed Hybrid Denture
There are many different types of dentures that we provide at West Park Dental in Cleveland. Years ago we only had the option of providing patients with conventional, full mouth dentures that were completely removable. Today the majority of the dentures we provide are supported by implants at the back of the mouth. The most common form is called the “locator” denture, which attaches to implants in the jaw with a nylon gasket that snaps into place. The denture locks in place and it takes two hands to remove the denture from the mouth.
The patient literally listens for the snap to know they have placed it properly. That snap is the way the patient feels confident that the denture is securely in place. There is no danger of this type of denture loosening and accidentally falling out of the mouth while eating, or talking, or laughing. This method also helps the jaw maintain its integrity and health.
Patients can chew their food much more comfortably than with old fashioned dentures in place. Another important advantage to modern dentures are that they do not cause sores in the mouth by moving around and irritating the gums.
A different form of modern denture is called the All-On-4, which is also referred to as the fixed hybrid, or the fixed implant bridge. This technology is a one-piece unit that is attached to a minimum of four implants either in the lower jaw or the upper jaw. The denture is attached via a series of screws that go through the inside of the denture right into the implant which has been placed in the jaw. The result is a very secure denture that can only be removed by a dentist. The patient only has to come in for maintenance procedures twice a year. The hybrid All-On-4 bridge denture is a state-of-art tooth replacement system.
Dr. Michael E. Gallagher
West Park Dental
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