If you or a loved one is suffering from tooth loss, it is important to know all of the tooth replacement options. Digital Denture and Implants teams with multiple dentist offices to provide state-of-the-art dental technology to hundreds of patients every year.
What are implant-supported dentures?
Implant-supported dentures describe the method that prosthetic dentures are attached and secured in your mouth. This process uses titanium posts to support full dentures and uses your bone structure to have the denture sit directly on the gums with little movement and no need for adhesive gels. Your jaw and gum health is the largest determining factor of your options for dentures. Depending on your condition and your selection of dentures, you can select between implant-secured dentures or permanently secured implant dentures. The goal of any denture is to offer stability for chewing and speaking while being comfortable and looking as natural as your original teeth.
Are Implant-Supported Dentures Removable?
Yes! In this approach, the overdenture rests directly on your gums. However, unlike traditional dentures, it is also supported and retained by an implant support bar. The support bar will not allow your dentures to slip or move, but will give you the freedom to remove them for cleaning and disinfection. This dental solution is a great option for replacing entire sets of missing teeth.
7 Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
There are a variety of reasons why implant-supported dentures are beneficial, including:
1. Improve the aesthetics of your smile
2. Allow you to eat harder foods
3. Improve your ability to speak
4. Restore your confidence
5. Help prevent bone loss
6. Do not need traditional denture adhesives
7. Replace painful or rotted tooth roots
The Implant Denture Process (Simplified)
Step 1: Implants are placed and allowed to heal & fuse to your jawbone for optimal support.
Step 2: Dental abutments are placed above the gum line to attach to the implant support bar. The implant support bar is custom-made and securely fastened to the implant posts.
Step 3: The denture prosthetic is created, fitted, and clipped onto the implant support bar. You are now ready to use your dentures regularly.
The process length will vary depending on each patient’s unique situation. The implant specialists will share the treatment plan and length during your initial diagnostic appointment.
Alternative Denture Solutions
Implant-Supported dentures are only one full denture method. Each different method has its advantages and disadvantages and it is important to discuss those aspects with an experienced implant specialist.
Other full denture solutions include:
A denture prosthetic is custom fit to your jaw and gums. The prosthetic is removable for cleaning, disinfecting, and sleeping. It is secured by the vacuum created between the prosthetic and your gums. Adhesive gels are recommended to decrease the chances of slipping & sliding.
Tiny titanium posts are inserted into your bone and naturally fused together to make a stable and secure hold for the denture prosthetic. The dentures are fitted into the implants and fitted tightly onto the gums & surrounding tissue. The prosthetic is not removable and will not slide or shift.
This approach has quickly become an industry favorite for many reasons. Just as the name suggests, 4 dental implants are strategically placed on the jaw to support a full denture prosthetic. These permanent dentures snap into place to avoid movement and slippage and do not need to be removed for cleaning.
If you or a loved one is searching for a solution for tooth loss that allows them to have a solution that lasts a lifetime, contact Digital Dentures to find a doctor near you. After a full diagnostic appointment, your doctor can recommend the proper solution that fits your lifestyle and your health needs. Together, your doctor and dedicated digital denture specialist will design a smile that will keep you beaming from ear to ear. Schedule your appointment today to learn more.