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Snap On Dentures: Zest Locator Attachments

Today's dental technologies for fabricating denture teeth are quite extensive compared to what was available just a few years ago.

Custom fabrication methods, special acrylics, cosmetic grade denture teeth and shade specific tinting methods enable Dr. Scalzitti to create denture products that are comparable to porcelain bridgework at a fraction of the cost.

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New Implant Choices for Snap On Teeth Replacements

Attachment methods, for those patients who seek rock solid performance of prosthetic teeth that match what bridgework normally provides, have also increased. Zest Locators, which are mounted onto traditional dental implants, produce a "snap-on" effect for upper and/or lower dentures.

Although mini dental implants remain a popular choice, traditional dental implants have a much wider diameter and provide superb bone stimulation which can be critical for some patients.... and simply preferred by other patients.

The Zest attachment protocol is ideal for upper jaws where bone quantity or quality is somewhat compromised. Even when bone quality is not an issue, many patients select the Zest attachment procedure over traditional implants for "comfort reasons."

Comprehensive Teeth Replacement Options

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Cumulative Damage

Gum Disease and Bone Loss Patient

Advanced or untreated gum disease can cause significant loss of bone and gums as a patient ages. Pictured here is a patient whose executive work schedule had prevented the "normal" oral health habits that our patients are encouraged to practice.

Years and years of patchwork dentistry created a cumulative result of having a mouthful of restorative procedures and products that each have different aging and "wear" properties.

Austin Periodontal Bone Tissue Tooth Loss
Lost Bone Gums Teeth
The obvious mis-match of treatments over several years have caused orthodontic and bite problems that make normal dental function impossible. Pain, discomfort and eating difficulties are quite severe.

The removal of all the old restorations further revealed losses of bone tissue in critical locations that influenced the patient's choice of teeth replacement options.

This patient's upper and lower jaws were edentulated (total removal of all teeth) that simultaneously removed all instances of gum disease processes. Bone leveling was provided, as needed, to create a level plane for promoting the best bite dynamics.

Best Advantage with Least Surgery

Austin Edentulate Maxilla
Upper Jaw Extractions
Implant Site Development
Although many patients would choose to have multiple bone grafts and implants on both jaws, our patient instead elected to have minimal surgeries and implant placements with functional results that would be similar to expensive bridgework.

The edentulated upper jaw pictured at the right reveals the numerous extraction sites but with less loss of bone.

Upper jaw implants were then placed with specific spacing along the jawbone. Bone grafting was used supplementally to fill in as needed.

A total of eight (8) implants in the upper jaw and lower jaw were placed to provide a solid foundation for new denture attachments while assuring long term healing of the grafted areas.

Temporary Mini Implants

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Implants and Periodontal Suturing
Temporary or provisional non surgical implants were also placed to enable the patient to wear immediate dentures while waiting for overall tissue healing and complete osseointegration of the new implants.

New Teeth in One Appointment

Despite undergoing full mouth extractions and multiple dental implant surgeries, the patient completed his comprehensive treatments in one visit and left the office with teeth.

Osseointegration Phase

Due to the amount of tissue damage (bone, gums) and the presence of active periodontitis that required thorough removal of diseased tissues, the healing or total osseointegration period required approximately 4 months.

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Mandibular Lower Implant Suturing
Socket grafts and generalized grafting procedures were used through both the upper and lower arches.

Implant sites (for traditional implants) were augmented as needed. GRT (Guided Tissue Regeneration membranes were also use to assure control of the tissue regeneration process.

Premium Grade Prosthetic Design

Cosmetic denture prosthetics were designed to fit precisely onto the implants (via Zest Locators) that enabled the patient to easily remove the dentures as frequently as needed for cleaning and comfort.

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Snap In Teeth Reconstruction Success
During the healing stage, the temporary dentures enabled the patient and Dr. Scalzitti to make adjustments to overall bite and the cosmetic values desired by the patient.

Questions?

Our patients are now able to design replacement teeth that are nearly indistinguishable from what Mother Nature provides.

Long term denture wearers seeking replacements can choose to enjoy the prospect of maintaining the convenience of removable prosthetic teeth yet benefit from having teeth that have the bite strength and cosmetic qualities of porcelain bridgework at a fraction of the cost.

Call us at (512) 263-3330 to arrange a complimentary consult with Dr. Scalzitti to learn more about the treatment possibilities with modern dentures and the increasing number of choices to make our denture products feel and function as well as natural teeth.

Patients with specific questions about the material on this page are invited to contact Dr. Scalzitti directly with our on-line Ask The Dentist form. Dr. Scalzitti will reply to you directly with the answers or additional information you are seeking..



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