implant supported dentures

What are Implant-Supported Dentures?

Whether you are missing your teeth because of a traumatic injury or a dental condition, you are probably looking for the most comfortable and most natural-looking replacement for your natural teeth. Until recently, your only option would have been traditional dentures.

Traditional dentures are a removable replacement for your missing teeth. After an initial adjustment period, you must remove these appliances before going to bed every night. If you are looking for an alternative to traditional dentures, you should understand all of your options. Currently, you can choose full-arch dental implants or the less costly implant-supported dentures.

What are the Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures?

Implant-supported dentures strike the perfect balance between traditional dentures and more costly full-arch dental implants. Their benefits include:

In addition, implant-supported dentures stimulate the jawbone to halt jaw atrophy, helping you keep the shape of your natural bone structure intact. In addition, traditional dentures often need to be adjusted as the shape of your jaw changes due to bone loss. With implant-supported dentures, you can reduce or even eliminate the need for adjustments, saving you both time and money in the long run.

Now that you understand the advantages implant-supported dentures offer, let’s take a look at the process of placing the dentures.

How are Implant-Supported Dentures Placed?

Before your implant-supported dentures are placed, you must have good, healthy gums and jawbones in which to place the implants that will hold your dentures in place. Once your dentist has determined that your oral health is on target and you are a candidate for implants, the placement process will begin.

Please note that some dentists offer implant-supported dentures that are placed significantly more quickly than the steps outlined below. See your dentist for specific information on the technique he uses.

Step One: Implant Placement

The first step your dentist will take is to place the dental implants that will support the dentures. The implants are basically small titanium screws that will act the same way as a natural tooth’s root. These titanium screws will be inserted into the jawbone through a tiny incision in the gums. Depending on the technique used to secure the dentures, you may need anywhere from four to eight implants for each jaw. You should speak to your dental professional in advance to find out how many implants are necessary for their denture support system.

Once the implants are in place, you will wait up to six months for the bone to grow into the implanted structure or for the process called osseointegration to be complete.

Step Two: Attaching the Hardware

After your gums are completely healed, and your dentist has confirmed that your bone has fused with the titanium implant, they will attach the abutment or snap to the implant. The abutment or snap is the piece of hardware that will hold your new dentures to the implants. To finish this process, the gum tissue must be exposed so the titanium implant can be accessed again. Once the hardware is attached, your gums will be sutured and allowed to heal around the new abutment.

Step Three: Restoration of Your Teeth

Around the same time your dentist places the abutment, they will take impressions of your gums and the implanted areas using dental putty or even digital technology to get an exact model of the area. In fact, they may even create a wax model of the area to check how the new dentures will look and fit before fabricating them.

After you and your dentist are satisfied with the look and feel of your new dentures, the impression will be sent to a lab technician or prosthodontist who will then create a set of beautiful, natural-looking dentures from durable materials. Once this prosthetic is completed and seated onto the implants, your dentist can adjust both the look and the fit of the dentures.

Typically, there is little to no adjustment period for implant-supported dentures when it comes to speaking, eating, or overall comfort. Today’s dental technologies have perfected the creation and implementation of these dentures, and once they have been placed, you can take care of them just as if they were your natural teeth.

Are You Considering Implant-Supported Dentures?

If you are missing your teeth, you will want the most cost-effective and natural solution for tooth replacement. At Dentist of West Covina, we have the latest technology that allows us to offer you a fast, effective, beautiful solution to complete your smile.

If you’re in West Covina, please make an appointment with one of our dental professionals to get all the details on how fast and easy it can be to get a winning, comfortable new smile with implant-supported dentures.

Ready to step out into the world with confidence — and a gorgeous new smile? Contact us at (626) 605-6601 and let our cutting-edge implant-supported denture technology give you back your confidence today! .

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