Although traditional dentures offer an effective method for replacing missing teeth, they can sometimes come with certain complications. This may include shifting out of place while eating or talking, which can be problematic during social interactions. They’ll also only last about a decade before needing to replace them. If you want a longer-lasting and completely stable solution for renewing your smile, then implant dentures are likely the best option. Keep reading to learn more about this treatment and what you can expect from the results. Feel free to give us a call to schedule an initial consultation!
Implant dentures appear similar to traditional ones, as they consist of artificial teeth atop a gum-colored base, and they’re durable enough to function as natural teeth. The difference, however, is that they’re supported not by the gum line by via dental implants that are embedded into your jawbone. Not only will you regain your complete bite, but your new teeth will look and feel much more natural than with more traditional restorations. Here are the two types of implant dentures we’ll recommend to you:
After attaching your dentures to the 4-6 dental implants on each arch, you should expect them to remain in place until your implant dentist removes them. This type of denture will be worn all day every day, meaning you won’t have to worry about taking them out to clean or soak them. Of course, you’ll require sufficient jawbone density to support these dentures.
Your implant dentures can also be made to snap on and off of the dental implants, allowing you to have removable prosthetics. This is a great option for patients who have a weaker jawbone or may want to retrofit their traditional dentures to work as removable implant dentures.
After the initial consultation, your team will determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure and if you’d need to undergo preliminary treatments to ensure a successful process, such as bone grafting and gum disease therapy. Then, we’ll develop a detailed treatment plan that involves the number of dental implants needed, the timeframe, and the overall cost.
During your surgery, the dental implants will be placed in their pre-planned places. Your gums will be sutured around them and allowed to heal. The metal posts should integrate with your jawbone over the next 3-6 months, creating a stable foundation. After you’ve recovered, you’ll return to us to receive your personalized dentures.
Here are the three main prerequisites for determining if you’re eligible for implant dentures:
By using dentures and dental implants together, you can appreciate the following advantages of your restorative solution:
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