The treatment option of a full replacement of all teeth of one’s jaw with a fixed (non-removable) metal and acrylic dental prosthesis significantly restores comfort and function to those who have lost their teeth. Most people are able to return to nearly full function. Usually four to six implants are required to accomplish the tooth replacement with predictable success long term. The metal framework is used to provide adequate support, retention, and strength to acrylic denture teeth. If designed properly, the metal is not visible in one’s smile. This type of prosthesis will allow for replacement of one’s teeth up to their first molars, providing a slightly shorted dental arch, however, there is generally no loss in functional ability.
- Great function
- Good esthetics
- Fixed/non-removable tooth replacement
- Overall cost is the most economic method to obtain excellent function
- Acrylic teeth
- Teeth wear with time
- Possible staining of teeth
Long Term Maintenance
With time, the acrylic teeth will wear. Generally it takes about 6-8 years until the acrylic teeth must be replaced. This can be accomplished fairly easily when the time comes. It involves removing the old worn acrylic and teeth from the metal frame and resurfacing the metal with new teeth and acrylic. Screws may loosen or break, but are easily repaired most of the time. Teeth may fracture or chip which can be repaired or replaced very easily.