Exploring Modern False Teeth Options: From Traditional to Innovative

modern false teeth options

Modern restorative dentistry has seen tremendous developments lately. It has come up with several false teeth options for people in recent years, broadening the horizons of teeth replacement like never before.

These developments have sprung from the commitment of modern restorative dentistry to provide patients with the best possible solutions for missing teeth, putting patient’s comfort and convenience at the heart of every treatment. Hence, we’re lucky to be living in an age where tooth loss has become a non-issue – we have so many options to treat it, ranging from traditional to innovative. 

This blog will walk you through all the traditional and modern false teeth options, so you can make a wise selection between them as per your dental needs. 

Tooth Loss: Why Does It Occur & How Common Is It?

Let’s start with a bit of context about tooth loss before tracing the evolution of restorative dentistry and exploring teeth replacement options.

Loss of teeth (also known as edentulousness) is a globally occurring phenomenon affecting people of all ages, sexes, and races. It can be partial (loss of a few or multiple teeth) or complete (loss of all teeth). It’s often the culmination of lifelong exposure to some type of gradually advancing oral disease, usually tooth decay or periodontal disease. However, it can also be due to trauma or genetic predisposition to

tooth loss, among other causes.

According to The World Health Organisation (WHO), about 7% of the global population aged 20 years or slightly older suffer from complete edentulousness, with its incidence exceeding to 23% in people over 60 years of age. Additionally, if we are to analyse tooth loss in the US only, then as per The CDC, 26% of adults aged 65 or older in the United States suffer from severe tooth loss, having only 8 or fewer teeth left.

Traditional Dentures: A Traditional Method To Replace Missing Teeth

Traditional dentures refer to ‘removable’ artificial teeth (prosthesis) that are used to replace missing teeth in patients. Their design, material, and attachment mechanism are based on the limited materials and technological resources available to dentists in the past. They include the following 2 types:

Complete Traditional Dentures

These are used when a patient has lost all of his teeth in the upper and/or lower arch. They consist of a series of fake teeth made of resin/acrylic attached to a gum-coloured base usually made of acrylic resin. This prosthesis is fitted to the patient’s gums, where a natural suction mechanism develops between the prosthesis and the gums, keeping them both together. Additionally, adhesives or metal clasps may also be used to increase stability between the gums and the prosthesis.

Partial Traditional Dentures

These are used when a patient has lost multiple (but not all) of their teeth. Like complete traditional dentures, they also have artificial teeth attached to a gum-coloured base but with spaces to accommodate the natural remaining teeth. The artificial teeth and base only fill the gaps caused by missing teeth and are reinforced by an extra metal framework in addition to the acrylic gum base.

Modern Permanent False Teeth Options To Replace Missing Teeth 

Modern restorative dentistry has revolutionised the way teeth replacement worked in the past. It has significantly refined the traditional teeth replacement methods in every aspect. The most significant role in this refinement can be attributed to the development of dental implants, which have added an enormous amount of stability and durability to traditional teeth replacement methods, that too with a commendable success rate of 97%.

Let’s discuss modern ‘permanent’ fake teeth options that leverage the power of dental implants for replacing missing teeth:

Implants Supported Dentures/All On 4 Implants 

Implant dentures, also known as all on 4 implants, is an innovative type of denture that is fixed to 4 dental implants in the jawbone instead of merely resting on the patient’s gums (as is the case with traditional dentures). 

An implant-supported denture, therefore, has three main components: artificial teeth, a gum-coloured base plate, and dental implants. Each of these three components is made with the best materials to ensure the best functionality and aesthetics for the patient. The artificial teeth are made of porcelain or zirconia and are designed to match the exact colour and texture of your teeth, thereby giving you completely natural-looking yet attractive fake teeth. Also, the shape and size of the teeth are custom-made according to your unique dental anatomy to ensure optimal functionality.

Implant supported dentures surpass their traditional counterparts in every aspect – their design, material and placement mechanism is superior to traditional dentures. However, their best part is their durability and stability – since they’re ‘fixed’ to the implants, they provide a permanent replacement to missing teeth that isn’t susceptible to slippages, damage or frequent replacements (like traditional dentures are).

Zygomatic Implants 

Zygomatic implants are yet another modern fake teeth option specifically designed for people who have extreme bone loss in the upper jaw (maxillary atrophy), due to which they can’t get regular implants.

In this treatment, dental implants are placed into the cheekbones (zygomatic bones), after which fake teeth are attached to them. Like regular implants, zygomatic implants also provide a permanent, safe and reliable teeth replacement to patients with the only difference being the utilisation of the cheekbone (instead of the jawbone) for the placement of implants.

A similar denture is used in this procedure as is used in the all-on-4 implant procedure, with the same components and attachment mechanism.

How Are Implant Supported Dentures Placed?

The placement process of implant supported dentures (for both regular and zygomatic implants) is a safe and effective procedure involving a minimally invasive surgery under anaesthesia. 

The process starts with a comprehensive consultation with your implant surgeon where they assess your oral profile to ensure you’re suitable for either of the treatments. For this, they will employ several diagnostic tools including cone beam CT Scans, Digital X-rays, etc. Then, they’ll plan out the placement of implants in your jaw/cheekbones in advance. 

After that, implant surgery is performed as per the surgeon’s plan, where small incisions are made in the jawbone/cheekbones, and implants are placed therein with precise angulation. 

The incisions are stitched back after the implants are placed, and a temporary denture is attached to the implants to allow patients to eat while the implants heal (which will take a few weeks). Once the implants have healed and have fully fused with the surrounding jawbone/cheekbones, the temporary denture is taken off and is replaced by a permanent denture, giving patients a long-lasting, beautiful and stable smile. 

Conclusion 

Implant-supported dentures have a superior edge over traditional dentures. Their innovative design, efficient placement technique, and durable materials provide patients with an optimally functional and aesthetic replacement for their missing teeth, something that traditional dentures don’t offer.

For more details on modern false teeth options, book a FREE consultation with the implant experts practising at Chicago Implant Clinic, located in Chicago, Illinois. Our team of experts will give you all the information you need regarding innovative teeth replacement options, leading you to a truly transformative teeth replacement experience.

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