In the past, losing all your natural teeth was devastating. Your days of eating certain foods were over once you got dentures. Although modern technology has made dentures fit better than ever before, they still fall short. However, implant dentures can give your missing smile a second chance. Are you interested in learning more about this treatment? Would you like to schedule a consultation to talk about it more in greater detail? Contact us for an appointment today!
Implant dentures are a longer-term solution for total tooth loss. Instead of dentures that only rest on top of the gum surface, these go deeper and connect with the jawbone with strategically placed posts. The dentures are bonded to these posts, holding the replacement teeth firmly in position and giving them a more realistic appearance and function.
Most people getting implant dentures want their replacement teeth to feel as natural as possible. We achieve this by securing the dentures to the implants in a way that only a dentist can undo. As a result, you never have to worry about your implant dentures slipping out of position or coming loose. Once they are in place, you can treat them as you would real teeth!
Some patients appreciate and prefer having the ability to take out their dentures for cleaning. If this applies to you, we can certainly make sure your dentures meet your needs. These “snap-in” dentures still have all the benefits of implants while allowing you to remove them easily for your convenience. All you need to do is let us know your preferences during your consultation.
As with many other procedures in dentistry, implant dentures start with a consultation. At that appointment, your dentist will examine you, take 3D cone beam scans, and create a treatment plan according to your unique case. Then, we will surgically position four to six implants in each arch and allow the jawbone to grow around them, just it does for natural teeth. Once this process, which is called osseointegration, is complete, we will take impressions of your arches and send them to the lab to fabricate your custom dentures. Finally, we’ll secure the dentures to your implants, completing your smile!
Qualifying for implant dentures is fairly simple. You need to meet three important criteria:
If you don’t make the cut at first, don’t worry. We can help you get in a better position where implant dentures become a viable option for you.
If you have and are used to dentures, you may be wondering whether dental implants really make enough of a difference to go through the effort and expense of treatment. They do! Dentures have to be replaced about every five years because the jawbone slowly deteriorates, but dental implants keep it stimulated and strong, meaning that your implant dentures can last for 30 years or even longer! Plus, being grounded in the jawbone gives implants significantly more stability and strength, which allows you to eat basically any foods, which you can’t do with traditional dentures alone. Needless to say, although the process is more intensive upfront, it is well worth the time, money, and work in the long run.