Modern dentures are more comfortable and lifelike than ever before, but they still have their limitations. One of the biggest ones is that they can’t do anything to prevent your jaw from losing bone density and changing shape, meaning eventually they won’t fit properly anymore. At Healthy Smiles Dental Care, we can help you solve this problem for good with implant dentures, which provide your new smile with optimal functionality, comfort, and longevity. Call our office today to learn more!
A dental implant is a small post inserted into your jawbone to act as support for a dental restoration. We can place multiple implants in your jaw to place a partial or full denture that replaces multiple teeth at once. Thanks to the implants acting like new roots, your dentures will look and feel like your original teeth, and they’ll allow you to enjoy all kinds of foods. One of two options for implant dentures may be recommended depending on your situation.
Fixed dentures, as the name implies, remain in place at all times. They need more bone density to support them, which is why you might need a bone graft before getting this type of denture. Usually, about 4 to 6 implants placed in strategic areas are needed to support a full fixed denture.
Some dentures are made to snap on and off your implant posts so that you can remove them at any time like regular dentures. This option requires less bone density and fewer implants, so it may be the best choice for patients who have already experienced bone loss. Removable dentures are also sometimes called “overdentures” or “Snap-On dentures.”
Like with any implant process, the first step is to examine your mouth and confirm whether you’re a candidate for implant surgery. Some patients might need bone grafts, periodontal therapy, and other treatments to prepare their mouths so that they can successfully receive implants. The surgical placement of the implants is performed right here at our office, and a protective cap will be placed on each post while you’re waiting for your mouth to heal.
Once recovery is done and we’ve attached abutments to each post, you’ll return to our office so that we can take impressions to design your final denture. It will be made by a separate dental lab, then sent back to our office so that we can attach it to the posts.
You are a candidate for implant dentures if you need to replace most or all of your teeth and:
While getting implant dentures takes time, it’ll be well worth it in the long run. There are many benefits that you can only enjoy with dental implants such as: