Dentures have helped many individuals over the years, and they have served a valuable purpose in their ability to replace missing teeth. With that in mind, traditional dentures often have significant drawbacks, including the extra steps necessary to properly maintain them and the potential for slippage along the gums. Implant-supported dentures can offer an innovative remedy for these concerns, helping to stabilize dentures and allow them to serve as more comfortable, better-fitting artificial teeth. Here at Thompson Center for Dentistry, our dentists offer implant-supported dentures for patients looking for an alternative to traditional dentures or full sets of dental implants. This procedure can improve both the look and function of the teeth without some of the less desirable effects that can be caused by traditional dentures.
What are the benefits of implant-supported dentures?
With the enhanced security and stability of implant-supported dentures, you can enjoy a range of benefits that are not possible with other types of dentures. Some of the advantages of implant-supported dentures can include:
- Reduction in the potential for movement and slippage along the gums
- Clean process without messy adhesives or pastes
- They function more like natural teeth
- Improved chewing and speaking
- Many patients can eat more of the food they want
- Reduction in the potential for wear on the gums and bone loss
- Easy to care for
What does the procedure involve?
During your initial consultation, our cosmetic dentist will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine whether implant-supported dentures are right for your needs. In some cases, patients who have been told they are not candidates for dental implants may be eligible for implant-supported dentures, depending on the location of the missing teeth, jawbone density, and other factors. If you are a candidate for implant-supported dentures, our dentist will create a customized treatment plan designed to provide you with the best possible results. We will utilize advanced digital impression technology to take a precise image of your oral structures and determine the most accurate placement for the dental implants. The implants will then be placed in the areas of missing teeth and, once they have adequately fused to the jawbone, the denture appliance will be securely fastened to them. It will take a few months for the implants to fuse to the bone; however, temporary appliances can be worn during this period. The dental implants are designed to become a permanent fixture in your mouth, much like a natural tooth root.
Implant-supported dentures allow you to have a new set of teeth that both look and feel more like natural teeth. In most cases, they can even be cleaned and maintained using normal daily oral hygiene habits, and they will not require gummy adhesives to provide a comfortable and precise fit.
What is the All-on-4® Teeth in a Day technique?
Thompson Center for Dentistry offers one of the most convenient and state-of-the-art techniques for patients who are missing all of their teeth: it’s called All-on-4®. This treatment can not only provide a more stable and secure option for dentures, it can also give patients a more convenient alternative to other missing teeth replacement procedures. All-on-4® involves the placement of a total of four dental implants – one on each side of the lower jaw, and one on each side of the upper jaw. Custom-designed dentures will then be permanently placed atop the implants, allowing patients to achieve more stable, implant-supported dentures without the need for full sets of dental implants. The results should yield a complete new set of teeth that both look and feel natural, and should not move or slip along the gums. The All-on-4® technique also offers another significant benefit: for many patients, the procedure can be performed in just one day. Our dentist will perform a comprehensive oral evaluation during your initial consultation and determine whether All-on-4® is an ideal treatment for your needs.
If you would like to learn more about implant-supported dentures and the many options for natural-looking teeth replacement available here at Thompson Center for Dentistry, please contact our office today.