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Smiling Middle Aged Man Wearing a Checkered Dress ShirtYour teeth play an integral role in how you eat, speak, and smile. When you have multiple missing teeth, it can leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance and force you to alter your diet. Advances in technology have made implant dentures an effective solution for full mouth restoration. You can have all of your teeth replaced at once, leaving you with a beautiful, natural-looking smile that allows you to eat, drink, and speak normally.

How are Implant-Supported Dentures Different Than Traditional Dentures?

Traditional dentures are what many people picture when thinking about tooth replacement. They are removable prosthetics that contain a full arch of teeth and fit over the top of your gums. They are held in place with adhesive or the natural suction that forms between the denture and your jaw.

Implant dentures are also a full arch prosthetic, but they are anchored to the jaw using dental implants. This ensures that they are held firmly in place and will not slip or shift. Implant dentures are often sleeker and less bulky than traditional dentures and require less maintenance.

The Benefits of Implant Dentures

Many patients look for alternatives to traditional dentures because they want a solution that will restore the full function of their mouth with little hassle and maintenance. Some advantages of implant dentures include:

  • They will not come loose when eating, speaking, or laughing.
  • They do not need to be removed at night.
  • They look like natural teeth.
  • They are easy to clean and care for.
  • There are no limitations on the types of food you can eat.
  • They stimulate the jaw to prevent bone loss.
  • They are a durable, long-lasting solution for tooth loss.

Am I a Good Candidate for Implant-Supported Dentures?

There are several factors that your dental implant specialist will take into consideration when determining if implant dentures are a good option for you. You should be in good overall health and not be a smoker or use other tobacco products, as tobacco use can negatively impact the healing process and contribute to dental implant failure and risk of infection. Other factors include:

  • You have the desire to replace a full arch or mouthful of teeth and can be patient during the process.
  • You are frustrated with the fit, function, or comfort of your removable dentures and want a more secure solution.
  • You have adequate jawbone to support dental implants.

The Implant Denture Placement Process

Knowing what to expect can make the tooth replacement process easier and less stressful. Your oral surgeon will walk you through each step and answer any questions you may have so that you can be prepared. A thorough examination of your mouth will be performed, and 3D images will be captured so that the implant specialist knows exactly where to place the implants.

Any remaining teeth will be extracted, and four dental implants will be inserted into your jaw. Typically, two are placed near the front of your mouth, and two are placed toward the back. Over the course of the next several weeks, the implants will fuse with the surrounding bone in a process called osseointegration to form a strong foundation. During this time, you may have a temporary denture placed, and you will need to maintain a soft food diet until the implants are secured in the bone.

Your implant-supported dentures will also be manufactured while you heal. They are custom-made to fit your mouth and create a smile that complements your natural aesthetic. Once the implants have healed, your new dentures will be attached, and you can return to eating your normal diet without hesitation. Your implant dentures will remain securely in place.

Caring for Your Implant Dentures

A major benefit of implant-supported dentures is that they do not need to be removed while sleeping or for cleaning. You can brush and floss just like you would with your natural teeth using a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. For hard-to-reach areas, including where your dentures meet your gums, a water flosser can be beneficial.

It is important to clean your dentures daily to prevent plaque buildup and reduce the risk of infection, including gum disease. You should also schedule regular checkups for more thorough cleaning and      inspection of your implant dentures to ensure they are in good condition and fit properly. With good oral hygiene and maintenance, dental implants can last the rest of your lifetime, although your implant dentures may need to be replaced depending on the amount of wear and tear.

The Cost of Implant Dentures

Like virtually any dental procedure, the cost of implant dentures will depend on your individual situation. While implant dentures can cost more than traditional dentures upfront, they can be more cost-effective in the long run because they are more durable, longer-lasting, and require less maintenance. Whereas traditional dentures need to be refitted as your gums and bone shrink, implant dentures do not rely on your gum structure and are affixed directly to your jaw.

 Get a Full, Beautiful Smile with Less Hassle

Implant dentures can eliminate the frustrations of traditional dentures and provide you with a strong, natural-looking smile that can last for years to come. Learn more about this tooth replacement option and whether it is the right choice for you by scheduling a consultation with us at Clagett Dental Solutions.

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