- What Are Implant Dentures?
- Implant Denture Benefits
- Implant Denture Candidates
- Implant Denture vs. Dentures
- Implant Denture Options
- Implant Denture Procedure
- How Long Implant Dentures Last
- Implant Denture Cost
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Implant dentures use state-of-the-art dental implant technology to anchor a full-arch restoration into the jaw, effectively replacing the upper and/or lower sets of missing teeth. Each implant denture is custom made by our dentists to provide a natural appearance and comfortable fit. With implant dentures, our patients can restore both the form and the function of their teeth with especially lifelike results.
What Are the Pros of Implant Dentures?
Implant dentures offer a variety of advantages for patients needing to replace full arches of teeth. Unlike traditional dentures, which tend to be inconvenient due to slippage, gum irritation, and messy pastes, patients can expect the following benefits from their implant dentures:
- No pastes or adhesives
- Improved ability to eat and speak with ease
- Enhanced comfort
- Easy maintenance
- Natural-looking results
Many of our patients who choose implant dentures also experience a boost in self-esteem as they are able to chew, speak, and smile with renewed confidence.
Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures may be a good option for patients who seek the benefits of dental implants but are not ideal candidates for a full set of single tooth implants. Those who are eligible to receive an implant denture must exhibit the following:
- Need to replace several missing or severely damaged teeth
- Have enough jawbone density to support the set of dental implants
- Are in generally good health, with no medical concerns that may affect post-operative healing
- Are not undergoing chemotherapy or radiation
By performing a detailed diagnostic process, our dentists can determine if implant dentures are the most appropriate solution for your needs. Once you are considered a good candidate, we will plan the details of your surgery.
Implant Dentures vs. Dentures
Implant dentures are considered a superior teeth replacement compared to traditional dentures. This is because an implant denture restoration is anchored to the gumline by being attached to the titanium posts that have been placed. This eliminates much of the hassle and discomfort with which regular dentures tend to be associated.
When a custom-made denture is secured to multiple dental implants across an arch, this often improves a patient’s ability to eat, speak, and smile, since the denture no longer slips along the gumline. This also reduces irritation from rubbing. In addition, implant dentures do not require messy adhesives or gels since the denture is already secured. While both versions of dentures can restore the form of missing teeth, only implant dentures can create a similar function to one’s natural teeth.
What Are My Implant Denture Options?
During the consultation process, your dentist will perform an oral exam and create a customized implant denture plan to achieve your goals. There are many implant denture techniques available, depending upon your unique needs, including:
All-on-4® is a specific anchored denture technique that uses four dental implants per arch to secure the restoration. Two implants are placed on either side of the front of the mouth and two additional implants are placed on either side of the rear of the mouth. These rear implants are angled posteriorly to optimize support.
For patients who have lower jawbone density, the “All-on-6” technique can create added stability. All-on-6 is a modified version of the All-on-4® technique that utilizes six implants per arch rather than four.
Full Mouth Restoration
When patients require both arches of teeth to be replaced, a full mouth restoration can be performed. This typically requires a total of four to six implants per arch, such as in the All-on-4® or All-on-6 techniques. The full sets of teeth are carefully designed to create natural-looking teeth with optimal function.
How Is the Implant Dentures Procedure Performed?
Every implant denture procedure is customized for the patient. The location and angle of the dental implants are carefully mapped out before they are surgically implanted into the jaw. Over the course of about three to six months, these dental implants will gradually fuse to the jawbone, providing exceptional stability for the final restoration. While the fusion process takes place, patients can wear a temporary restoration that has been custom-designed for their needs.
How Long Do Implant Dentures Last?
Implant dentures can last for 15 years or longer when cared for properly. Dental implants are considered a permanent part of the mouth because the implants fuse with the jawbone. Since these posts are used to secure your custom-made denture, you can expect your results to last for decades, if not your entire lifetime.
To ensure your implant denture lasts as long as possible, you will need to carefully follow your dentist’s post-operative care instructions, such as by avoiding smoking, to minimize any complications that can cause implant failure. Once your implants have fused with your jawbone, you will need to practice good oral hygiene and schedule routine exams with your dentist. Avoiding habits like eating excessively hard foods or ice, biting your nails, and using your teeth as a tool to open packages can also help minimize premature wear on your new implant denture.
How Do I Clean My Implant Dentures?
Caring for implant dentures is similar to how you care for your natural teeth. Brushing at least twice daily and flossing once daily are both essential for removing harmful bacteria that can damage your gum tissue, the bone around your implant posts, and your surrounding teeth. You should also schedule dentist appointments about twice per year for a professional cleaning and exam. Taking these steps to maintain good oral health can also ensure your implant denture stays in good shape, prolonging its lifespan.
How Much Do Implant-Supported Dentures Cost?
Since the implant denture procedure is customized for each patient, there is not a fixed price for the solution. Variables that can impact the total cost of your implant-supported dentures include the denture option chosen for your treatment plan, the total number of dental implants used, and the fees associated with crafting your restoration. Your dentist will provide you with a quote for your implant dentures at the end of your preliminary consultation. For patients who could benefit from flexible payment plans, we offer a number of dental financing options.