If you have missing teeth, dentures can restore the function and appearance of your smile. The most advanced denture option today is implant-supported dentures. Unlike traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures are permanently attached, giving all the benefits of a full set of natural teeth!
To learn more about implant-supported dentures, here are seven of the most frequently asked questions:
What are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures, or implant overdentures, are a type of dental prosthesis that combines dentures with dental implants. Implant-supported dentures provide superior stability and function compared to traditional removable dentures. Implant-supported dentures can be used to replace can be used to replace a row of several teeth, a full arch of teeth, or as a support for a dental bridge.
How Do Implant-Supported Dentures Work?
Implant-supported dentures use dental implants to permanently attach dentures. Dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone and act as artificial tooth roots, providing a secure foundation for the dentures. Once the dental implants are in place, the dentures are either snap-fitted or permanently affixed onto the implants.
Are Implant-Supported Dentures Better Than Traditional Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures offer several advantages over traditional dentures. They provide increased stability and support, allowing for better chewing efficiency and improved speech; they help preserve the jawbone, preventing the bone loss that can occur with traditional dentures; and they are less likely to slip or shift while eating or speaking, allowing the wearer to eat what they like and converse with confidence.
How Long Does the Implant-Supported Denture Treatment Take?
The dental implant process can vary depending on individual circumstances, such as the number of implants required and the condition of the jawbone. It typically involves multiple stages, including implant placement, healing time for osseointegration (the fusion of the implant with the bone), and the attachment of the denture. From start to finish, implant-supported denture treatment can take several months to complete.
Is it Painful to Get Dental Implants?
The dental implant procedure is performed under local anesthesia, ensuring that you won’t feel any pain during the actual surgery. While you may experience some discomfort and swelling immediately after the surgery, it can usually be treated with pain medication and ice packs. Most patients find that post-surgery symptoms are easily managed and report a high level of satisfaction with the final results.
Can Anyone Get Implant-Supported Dentures?
Not everyone is a suitable candidate for implant-supported dentures. Adequate jawbone density and good overall oral health are important for successful implant placement. Your dentist or oral surgeon will evaluate your specific situation and conduct a thorough examination to determine if implant-supported dentures are right for you.
How Do I Care for Implant-Supported Dentures?
Caring for implant-supported dentures is easy! The most important step in caring for implant-supported dentures is to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including brushing your dentures and gums twice daily as well as cleaning around the implant attachments. Regular dental hygiene appointments are essential to ensuring both the implants and dentures remain in a healthy condition.
Implant-supported dentures are a permanent solution to the problems presented by missing teeth with none of the inconveniences and drawbacks of traditional dentures. With implant-supported dentures at TDA, you can once again have a smile you love that works just like a full set of natural teeth!
If you think implant-supported dentures can help you rediscover a beautiful, healthy smile, call our office today to schedule a consultation!