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What Are Implant - Supported Dentures?

Dental implants have become the most popular restorative option for patients today. They provide strength and restore functionality, giving patients beautiful natural-looking smiles. Implant-supported dentures are a type of denture that is supported by four or more dental implants. The denture is fixed on the implants, and those implants are anchored to the jawbone. The implants prevent the denture from slipping and add durability and strength. Using implant-supported dentures helps to stimulate bone growth in the mouth, and this helps to prevent bone shrinkage as you age. 

Implant-supported dentures are only removed for cleaning, and there is no need to be embarrassed when you are eating, or participating in activities. This type of denture is snapped into the implants and is held securely in place. Implant-supported dentures don’t fall out, or slip around like conventional denture

Who is a Good Candidate for Implant-Supported Dentures?

If you are in need of dentures, implant-supported dentures are a good choice. They are in between conventional dentures that use adhesive, and dental implants. Implant-supported dentures are perfect for patients that have sufficient bone in the jaw to support the implants and are in good health. 

Many patients choose implant-supported dentures to upgrade their conventional dentures. Patients also choose this option because implant-supported dentures are cost-effective. This type of denture is an affordable option and gives patients the smile they have always wanted. During your consultation, our doctor will perform an oral exam, as well as take x-rays to develop a customized treatment plan. We will discuss your goals, and help to determine which option is best for you.

Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures

  • Function and look like natural teeth
  • Improve facial structure, and ability to chew and smile
  • Implant-supported dentures are removable, and easily can snap out for cleaning
  • They are extremely sturdy and are attached to the supporting implants
  • No messy adhesive is used with implant-supported dentures
  • This option preserves bone structure and gum tissue preventing shrinkage over time.

What is the Process for Implant-Supported Dentures?

The procedure for implant-supported dentures involves a consultation to determine the best treatment plan for each patient. Multiple appointments are required and the process can take a few months. The implants are surgically placed into the jaw, and they act as the tooth’s natural root. Once the implants are placed there is a healing process that is needed to give the implants time to fuse to the jawbone. 

When the healing process is complete the patient returns to our office to attach the abutment, or connector piece to the implants. More healing time is typically needed after the abutment is connected. The patient returns to our office again to have their custom-made dentures secured to the implants, giving them renewed function, and the ability to resume normal activity.

If you are interested in finding out more about implant-supported dentures, and if they are right for you, contact Westchase Dentist to schedule your consultation.