Why Switch to Implant Supported Dentures?
In a day when popping in to the dental office for a quick denture adjustment is out of the question, you may find yourself with typical, but annoying denture problems. Did you know that you could eliminate those problems by switching to implant supported dentures?
What are Implant Supported Dentures?
Implant supported dentures are simply that: dentures supported by dental implants. This means that unlike traditional dentures that rest on gum tissue and have no secure attachment to anything, implant dentures connect with the underlying jawbone via the implant.
There is a variety of ways to support dentures with dental implants. We can vary the number of dental implants placed into the jawbone. We can use different types of connector attachments between the denture and implants. Regardless of the variety, implant supported dentures connect the denture to the bone. This solid connection is what leads to all the advantages that implant supported dentures have over traditional dentures.
What are the Advantages of Implant Supported Dentures?
As we mentioned earlier, the advantages are based on the solid attachment between the denture and the bone. Traditional dentures simply rest on the gum tissue and require muscle control and a suction effect to stay in the mouth. Implant dentures need neither muscle control nor suction to stay in place. Their retention stems from an interlocking attachment between the denture and the implant, and the implants’ integration into the jawbone itself.
- No looseness
- Fewer sore spots
- No fear of dentures dislodging during eating, speaking or laughing
- Improved chewing ability
- Improved stability over time – the dental implants maintain the jawbone health, so there are fewer changes in fit of the denture.
How Long Does it Take to Get Implant Supported Dentures?
If you already wear dentures, you are a step ahead in the process. The first and most important part of the implant process is the proper planning of the number and position of the dental implants. Dr. Ann and Dr. Lauren use the most advanced dental technology to gather detailed information about the size, shape and quality of your jawbone. This allows for the most precise planning and placement of the implants into the jawbone.
The dental implants require a period of three to six months for healing and attaching to the bone. During this healing phase, you will continue to wear your denture “over” them. You never have to go for a single day with no teeth.
In many cases, you will need a new denture to create the perfect fit with the dental implants. In some cases, we can retrofit your existing denture to the new implants. This is a good temporary option. We consistently achieve the best long-term results with a new denture.
Interested in Implant Supported Dentures?
Now is a great time to do some research into implant supported dentures to help you make your decision. Our website is full of wonderful detailed information about the various options available at Designer Smiles. You can also watch video testimonials from patients whom we have already helped! We would love to add you to their number.