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You Have Options for Quality Dental Implants in Ottawa

At Vranjes Denture Clinic, we now offer several options for people who either have or need to have all their teeth removed on one or both of their arches. Thanks to advancements in implantology, several treatment options now exist that give patients more stability and function than conventional dentures. Dental implants in Ottawa are especially helpful for lower dentures’ stability, as most people tend to have much more difficulty with a complete lower denture than with a complete upper denture. A dental implant can secure the lower denture in place, allowing you to freely chew, bite and speak without hindrance.


What is an Implant?

An implant essentially acts as a root. A titanium screw is inserted into the bone at the site of your missing tooth, and the bone actually fuses around the screw. The screw is what we call the implant. A denture is snapped onto or fixed to the implant, offering the patient more denture stability than possible without implants.


Option #1 – Removable Implant on Locator®/Novaloc® Abutments

Having a removable overdenture with implants is the most affordable implant solution and the easiest to clean. The added stability and precision of the Locator®/Novaloc® abutments to seat your overdenture help protect the attachments from wear and damage. You will be able to easily remove your dentures, and the self-locating attachments allow you to put them back into proper position. This option involves a minimum of 2 implants for a lower denture and 4 on the upper ridges for an upper overdenture. A McGill study in 2000 concluded that the minimum standard of care for a patient needing complete dentures on implants should be a complete upper and a complete lower denture on two implants.

For this procedure, your denturist will place your dental implants and then adjust your existing denture or a temporary denture to fit over a healing cap. If appropriate, the temporary denture can be placed on the Locator® abutment for added stability. The healing process usually takes 3 months before your implants will be ready to be loaded with new dentures tailored to fit your Locator®/Novaloc® abutment system.


Advantages:

  • This is the least expensive implant solution
  • These dentures are easier to clean than fixed implant dentures
  • You’ll enjoy a much better fit and stability when compared with conventional dentures
  • Your dentures will be easier to remove and reseat


Option #2 – Removable Denture on a Milled Titanium Bar

Vranjes Denture Clinic gives a second option for removable dentures on dental implants at our Ottawa clinic. A removable denture on a milled titanium bar is an affordable alternative to a fixed denture on implants that also gives the wearer a lightweight feel with high-quality strength. For this treatment, the implants are placed and usually buried but not loaded with your new denture right away. In the meantime, you’ll wear a transitional removable denture while the bone heals around your new implants. When your dental implants are fused and steady (usually within 3-6 months), we will fabricate your new dentures using a milled titanium bar, which acts as the framework to hold the upper and/or lower overdenture. The procedure can be done on 4, 5 or 6 implants, and your denturist will discuss the appropriate choice for your individual condition and needs.


Advantages:

  • You’ll maintain your existing natural bone and minimize further bone loss due to bone stimulation
  • You’ll maintain your taste sensation with an upper denture that doesn’t cover your palate
  • You’ll be able to eat and speak more naturally
  • You’ll experience maximum denture stability and improved comfort
  • You’ll be able to remove your dentures for easier cleaning


Disadvantages:

  • Patients often experience difficulty with a transitional denture during the healing period. They feel discouraged when the implants are not helping to stabilize the denture
  • You will need dental surgery to place the new implants
  • Bone grafting may be necessary if you have insufficient existing bone to hold the implants


Option #3 – All-on-4®

Vranjes Denture Clinic also offers the most recent innovation in dentures on dental implants in Ottawa – the All-on-4® fixed denture. On the same day, you can now have:

  • All of your remaining teeth extracted, if necessary, on the upper or the lower arch
  • Full-arch rehabilitation with 4 implants 
  • Immediate function with a fixed temporary denture in place


This gives you the benefits of the time-saving initial treatment and having teeth all through the healing process, usually 3 to 6 months. When all of the implants have osseointegrated (fused with the jawbone), your denturist will fabricate your permanent fixed denture on a milled titanium bar that is included in the original price.


Advantages:

  • You go home with security and a sense of having your own teeth
  • No more waiting. The 3-month healing period virtually vanishes now, as the implants can be put to use immediately
  • Having fixed dentures helps maintain existing natural bone and minimizes further loss, since bone stimulation occurs
  • If you’re already wearing complete dentures (especially complete upper dentures), fixed dentures will help restore taste sensation
  • This option allows for maximum denture stability


Disadvantages:

  • Cost
  • Fixed denture will be slightly harder to clean than a removable one


Book a Consultation with a Denturist at Vranjes Denture Clinic

Are you considering dentures as a solution to tooth loss or wanting to improve upon the dentures you already have? Let Vranjes Denture Clinic help you make a knowledgeable decision about dental implants at our Ottawa office. Contact us to book a free initial consultation.

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