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Implant Supported Dentures: A Solution for Missing Teeth

Implant supported dentures are a type of denture that is supported by and attached to dental implants, rather than resting on the gums. They are a popular alternative to traditional dentures for people who have lost all of their natural teeth and want a more stable, comfortable, and natural-looking replacement. In this blog, we will discuss how implant supported dentures work, the benefits of this type of denture, and the steps involved in getting implant supported dentures.

How do implant supported dentures work?

Unlike traditional dentures, which are held in place by suction or a small amount of adhesive, implant supported dentures are anchored to the jawbone by dental implants. Dental implants are small titanium screws that are surgically placed in the jawbone. Once the implants have healed and become integrated with the jawbone (a process called osseointegration), they provide a sturdy foundation for the denture.

There are two types of implant supported dentures: overdentures and fixed dentures. Overdentures are dentures that can be removed by the patient, while fixed dentures are permanently attached to the implants and can only be removed by a dentist.

Benefits of implant supported dentures

There are several benefits to using implant supported dentures, including:

  1. Improved stability: Implant supported dentures are much more stable than traditional dentures, which can be prone to slipping and sliding. This can make it easier to eat and speak, as well as improve self-confidence.
  2. Enhanced comfort: Traditional dentures can cause irritation and discomfort due to the constant rubbing against the gums. Implant supported dentures, on the other hand, are more comfortable because they are supported by the implants and do not put as much pressure on the gums.
  3. Improved appearance: Implant supported dentures look and feel more natural than traditional dentures. They can be made to match the shape and color of your natural teeth, giving you a more natural-looking smile.
  4. Enhanced oral health: Implant supported dentures can help preserve the jawbone and prevent the loss of bone density that often occurs after tooth loss. This can help maintain the natural contours of the face and prevent facial sagging.
  5. Long-lasting: With proper care, implant supported dentures can last for many years. They are a long-term solution for tooth loss and can help people avoid the need for multiple sets of traditional dentures.

Steps involved in getting implant supported dentures

The process of getting implant supported dentures involves several steps, including:

  1. Consultation: The first step is to visit a dental professional who specializes in implant dentistry. During the consultation, the dentist will assess your oral health and determine if you are a good candidate for implant supported dentures.
  2. Dental implant surgery: If you are a suitable candidate, the next step is to undergo dental implant surgery. This is a minor surgical procedure that involves placing the implants in the jawbone. The implants will need several months to heal and integrate with the bone before the dentures can be attached.
  3. Fabrication of the dentures: While the implants are healing, the dentist will take impressions of your mouth and create a custom-fit set of dentures. The dentures will be designed to match the shape and color of your natural teeth and to fit snugly over the implants.
  4. Attachment of the dentures: Once the implants have fully healed, the dentures will be attached to them. For overdentures, this involves attaching clips or ball-and-socket mechanisms to the dentures that allow them

For more information about Implant Supported Dentures, or to schedule your next dental appointment, call us today at 469-264-8921.