Implant Supported Dentures
Dentures are popular choice for replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile. However, since traditional dentures can be tough to keep in place, mini implants can be used to increase retention and provide you with optimal denture function.
Why get implant-supported dentures?
- Mini implants are smaller than traditional implants, but still offer a strong foundation to adhere your dentures to, holding them firmly in place when you eat, smile, or speak.
- By getting implant-supported dentures, you can gain back your ability to eat a large variety of foods without having to worry about damaging your dentures.
- Implant-supported dentures replaces missing teeth which not only improves your smile and your confidence, but your speech as well. It is also important to replace missing teeth to avoid jawbone recession and bone loss.
Let's dive in to see how Implant Dentures work...
Did You Know?
178 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth, while 30 million people in the U.S. are currently missing all their teeth?
The Process for Implant-Supported Dentures
To begin the process, your doctor will first determine how healthy your teeth and gums are. If you have any dental issues, like gum disease or teeth that need to be extracted, you will need to take care of these before getting dental implants. Your doctor will also make sure you have enough bone mass to properly support the implants. In some cases, a bone graft may be needed to replenish a loss in bone mass. If a bone graft is needed, the process will take longer than usual.
Next, your dentist will place the dental implants into your jaw bone and provide you with temporary dentures. Dental implants consist of titanium posts that are positioned in the jaw to act as an artificial tooth root. Eventually, over the course of approximately 3-6 months, the jaw bone fuses to the implant, solidifying an anchor for your implant-supported dentures. However, during the 3-6 months it takes your implants to stabilize, you will only have temporary dentures. At the end of the stabilization process, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth for your permanent dentures. Finally, these dentures will be fabricated, fit, and placed.