Losing multiple teeth or an entire row of teeth can significantly restrict your ability to maintain a nutritious diet, speak where others can understand you, and smile with full confidence in your appearance. You can replace multiple missing teeth at once with a traditional denture, but if you’re worried about your new teeth staying in place or not functioning as well as your natural teeth, you may want to consider upgrading to implant dentures. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Drs. Julia and Brandon White to see if implants are your best choice for rebuilding your smile.
An implant denture is a full or partial denture that has been anchored to an implant post to help hold it in place. The implants will function the same as natural tooth roots, holding your new teeth in place while stimulating the underlying bone to keep it healthy. There are two major options when it comes to implant dentures: fixed and removable. The type we recommend will depend on your case.
Once this type of denture has been attached to the implant posts, it will stay anchored in your mouth at all times. The only time it will be removed is during your appointments with your implant dentist. We normally need to place 4 to 6 implant posts for a fixed denture, and we’ll need to confirm that your jaw has enough bone density for the procedure.
Also called “overdentures” or “Snap-on dentures”, this option includes special clips or sockets that hold the denture in place. You’ll be able to take out the denture at any time so that it can be cleaned. Less jawbone density is required for removable implant dentures, and you normally only need 2 to 5 posts for the treatment.
Getting dental implants is a months-long process that requires multiple visits. During the first phase, we’ll complete any necessary preparations such as removing damaged teeth, placing tissue grafts, and other treatments that might be needed so that implant can be successfully placed in your jaw. The implant surgery will be performed by an outside specialist. Once the posts are in place, you’ll have to wait until they have fused with the jawbone; then you’ll return to our office so that we can attach abutments to the posts and design the final denture. The restoration will be made at a dental lab and sent to our office; we’ll anchor it to your mouth during one final appointment.
Any healthy adult missing most or all of their teeth can be considered a candidate for implant dentures. To be a candidate for the procedure, you need:
Implant dentures have a number of day-to-day benefits that will make everyday life easier. They’ll keep your new teeth from moving around, and they’ll allow you to comfortably eat all your favorite foods. Of course, there are also a number of health advantages, such as preserving your jawbone and making it easier to maintain your oral health. And when it comes to the long term, dental implants can last for decades, meaning you expect your investment to last a very long time.