Although there is no replacement for your own natural teeth, implant supported dentures represent a wonderful option for replacing many or all teeth that may have been lost to gum disease, cavities or trauma. Dental implants provide retention and/or support to dentures and can give life-changing results to someone struggling to adjust to a traditional denture. Implants can help eliminate loose dentures giving many benefits including:
• Improving confidence to speak and smile
• Improve health by improving diet – eat all the foods you want again!
• Eliminate dentures covering your palate and gums
Many options for implant supported dentures exist and a thorough exam and treatment plan are essential to matching a patient with the right option. Here at our office we work with local oral surgeons to provide a wide range of implant denture options including:
• Fixed full arch “teeth in a day” hybrid dentures
• Fixed implant bridges
• Removable implant dentures with Locator® attachments
A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and can enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
A Complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
Reasons for dentures:
• Tooth loss
• Enhancing smile and facial tissues
• Improving chewing, speech, and digestion