Fixed Implant Supported Arch Prothesis vs Traditional Removal Denture
The fixed implant-supported prosthesis presents numerous advantages over traditional removable complete dentures. By stabilizing the prosthesis to the maximum degree possible, the dental implant solution effectively restores full oral function, comfort and aesthetics, while minimizing bone loss and the devastating soft-tissue changes associated with edentulism.1 The protocol for delivering these full-arch restorations is relatively simple, and the positive impact this treatment definitively has on patients cannot be overstated. Implant supported full arch restorations are nothing short of life changing Patients who have suffered from tooth loss (edentulism) for years are simply thrilled when they experience the improved quality of life offered by a fixed restoration.2,3
Fixed hybrid dentures, which attach to dental implants via screws, inserted through a titanium, gold or ceramic substructure, have been used to successfully restore fully edentulous patients for decades and are known to be lower cost. Fixed hybrid dentures are typically made of acrylic materials, which after years of experience, Dr. May and other top restorative dentists determined are suboptimal as long term restorative solutions. The acrylic fixed hybrid dentures’ durability and aesthetics, leave much room for improvement, which is why Dr. Yuriy May offers full arch implant supported zirconia prosthesis restorations.
There are three issues that can complicate the long-term success of the traditional fixed hybrid denture:
- the acrylic teeth tend to wear and looks less life-like (mimicking teeth)
- the teeth can fracture or dislodge from the acrylic base
- the acrylic base itself can fracture
The Full-Arch Implant Prosthesis used by Dr. May eliminates these issues, providing a restoration that is more durable in the long term, while sacrificing nothing when it comes to aesthetics.
World’s Best Fixed Dental Implant Supported Full Arch Prosthesis
The use of osseointegrated dental implants as a foundation for fixed full-arch prostheses has substantially enhanced the quality of life for patients with missing teeth, especially compared to removable dentures.1 For many years now, Dr. May’s edentulous (toothless) patients along with those patients experiencing conditions warranting the removal of their remaining teeth, have had the option of having dental implants placed placed to retain their premium made implant-supported prosthesis. The superiority of fixed full-arch restorations compared to conventional dentures cannot be overstated: its simply life changing, as Dr. May’s patients consistency declare. By dramatically increasing prosthetic stability, implant-supported full-arch restorations significantly improve chewing ability, taste of food and speech function.2 The positive impact of implant-supported prostheses on the oral health, comfort and aesthetics of edentulous (toothless or missing many teeth) patients is accompanied by social and psychological benefits as well as improved personal confidence.3 At the same time, the long term benefit of dental implant supported full-arch prosthesis are the dental implant help retain bone, which helps maintain a youthful look through the mitigation of bite collapse and skin sagging due to jaw bone loss, mitigation of gingival recession, ultimately helping to preserve the shape of the patient’s mouth and facial structures.4
Fixed Implant Supported Full Arch Prosthesis – What Kind is the Best?
While both removable and fixed implant-supported prostheses provide wide-ranging benefits for toothless patients, fixed restorations have demonstrated superior impact on oral health, dental function, patient satisfaction, and quality of life.5,6 For this reason, the acrylic hybrid denture has long been considered the optimal choice for full-arch restorations. There has been only one downside: The acrylic base and prosthetic teeth that form the body of the hybrid denture are prone to wear, chipping and fracture.7 In many cases, a high degree of maintenance is required over the life of the restoration to reinforce the body of the prosthesis. This is because fixed full-arch implant restorations are subject to substantial forces associated with masticatory function, parafunctional habits, and bruxism. In the long term, this often causes hybrid dentures to break down, requiring ongoing main- tenance and replacement of the prosthetic teeth or acrylic base. After years of encountering such issues, Dr. May now only works with and recommends rehabilitating his fully edentulous patients with the Zirconia-Based Full-Arch Implant Prosthesis, as in order to avoid patients spending tens of thousands of dollars for a less aesthetic, less durable hybrid denture that ultimately ends up broken.
- Covani U, Cornelini R, Calvo JL, Tonelli P, Barone A. Bone remodeling around implants placed in fresh extraction sockets. Int J Periodontics Re- storative Dent. 2010 Dec;30(6):601–7.
- Awad M, Locker D, Korner-Bitensky N, Feine J. Measuring the effect of intra-oral implant rehabilitation on health-related quality of life in a ran- domized controlled clinical trial. J Dent Res. 2000 Sep;79(9):1659–63.
- Limmer B, Sanders AE, Reside G, Cooper LF. Complications and Pa- tient-Centered Outcomes with an Implant-Supported Monolithic Zirconia Fixed Dental Prosthesis: 1 Year Results. J Prosthodont. 2014 Jan 6.