Advantages of Implant-Supported Dentures
Compared to their traditional counterparts, implant-supported dentures offer many benefits, such as:
- Improved ability to chew: Because traditional dentures are held in place primarily through suction or dental adhesives, they can wobble and slip when eating certain foods. Implant-supported dentures are firmly anchored to the jaw, offering maximum stability.
- Better speaking ability: Since implant-supported dentures do not usually move around, patients do not have to worry about speech problems caused by slipping dentures.
- Optimal comfort: Implant-supported dentures are made from high-quality materials and are custom-made to fit your unique anatomy. As a result, they offer a comfortable fit.
- Improved oral health: A common byproduct of tooth loss is jawbone atrophy. Because dental implants replace the roots of missing teeth, they stimulate the jawbone in a similar fashion. As a result, implants can help prevent bone deterioration.
- Natural-looking results: Since the restoration is customized to your specific smile and implants hold it in place, implant-supported dentures offer a natural look and feel. Additionally, the materials used to fabricate the final restoration are designed to mimic natural tooth enamel for even lifelike results.
Are Implant-Supported Dentures Right for You?
This treatment option is generally reserved for those missing most or all of their teeth. If you are only missing a few teeth, you may be better suited to a dental bridge.
To qualify for this treatment, patients must have enough bone density to properly support the implant posts. However, a bone grafting procedure may be able to boost candidacy. Furthermore, you must also be in good overall health. If you have periodontal disease or other health problems, your chances of success may be significantly undermined.
Dr. Shiver has obtained over 360 hours of post-graduate studies in dental implant placement and is well-equipped to perform every aspect of treatment in one convenient location.
How Implant-Supported Dentures Are Placed
If you are considering implant-supported dentures, knowing what to anticipate during the treatment process can help you make a decision. While each case is unique, there are a few general steps to the process:
- Preparatory procedures: If you have any decayed or damaged teeth still present, these will need to be extracted before any implants can be placed. Additionally, bone grafting may be necessary to boost bone density, which can add several months to the overall treatment timeline.
- Dental implant placement: Once the jaw is ready, the dental implants can be placed during a surgical procedure at our practice. Dr. Shiver has obtained over 360 hours of post-graduate studies in dental implant placement and is well-equipped to perform every aspect of treatment in one convenient location.
- Recovery: After implant placement, the jaw must heal for approximately three to six months. During this time, a process called osseointegration occurs, during which the implants fuse with the natural bone tissue to create a more stable foundation for your restoration.
- Abutment placement: Once you have healed, small connector posts called abutments are added to the implant posts. They extend just beyond the gum line and provide a point of attachment for the final restoration.
- Placement of final denture: Finally, the denture is connected to the abutments. The prosthesis will stay firmly in place until removed by the patient at night, for cleanings, or whenever desired. The result is a beautiful, functional, healthy smile.
The timeline for treatment can take anywhere from several months to a full year.
Stabilize Your Dentures
If you are interested in learning how implant-supported dentures can improve your quality of life, schedule a consultation with Dr. Shiver. With over 35 years of experience, he can help you find long-lasting solutions for tooth loss. We are proud to offer CareCredit® financing to help patients afford this treatment. Contact us online or call our office at (229) 247-0923.