Implant-supported dentures are a great option for individuals who are seeking an affordable option to significantly improve their ability to chew and smile. The support of the implant allows the dental fixture to be shaped into a horseshoe, reducing the bulkiness and opening the palate to create more space for the tongue and better ability to taste food. Implant-supported dentures are sturdier and do not require adhesive. San Tan Oral Surgery can help you, if you think you may be a candidate for implant-supported dentures.
The individual can improve their diet by including foods one would typically have to avoid with traditional dentures. Implant-supported dentures also significantly improve patients’ confidence to smile and speak.
What are Implant Supported Dentures?
Implant Supported Dentures are types of over-dentures which are supported and thereby attached to the implants. It is a combination of both dental implants and dentures. Generally, dentures are made to rest on gums and not implanted.
Implant Supported Dentures Procedures
If you are not familiar with the growing field of implant dentistry, you may not have heard of this new technology. Put simply, our team will place metal implants into the bone structure of the mouth. Dentures will then be either created or retrofitted so that they have holes or indentations corresponding to where these implants protrude from the jawbone or upper palate. The implants then fit, hand-in-glove, into the indentations in the dentures. Implants can greatly improve the security of ill-fitting partial dentures as well.
While all surgery does have some pain associated with it, this is a relatively minor surgery, and can be done by our professionals. The resounding response from folks who have chosen implant supported dentures is that they would gladly accept the short-term pain of recovering from the implant surgery versus dentures which may slip, slide, and abrade the interior of their mouth’s day in and day out.
Am I a Candidate For Implant Supported Dentures?
Only our professionals can tell you for certain. You will need to be beyond adolescence, so that your bone growth is complete (otherwise you would risk having your implants shift). Older adults must have a sufficient amount of bone structure in which to anchor the implants. However, even if you lack the needed bone structure, there are several options for replacing it so that implants can be used. Among these techniques are bone graft surgery, synthetic bone implants, or even bovine (cow) bone implants. Our professionals will guide you in selecting among these further options to support implants. The upside of this is, if you do have implants, they can help anchor your bone and gum tissue, and prevent any further loss.
Are There Any Other Considerations?
Recovery time is the other major consideration in choosing implant supported dentures, and will be another area where our professionals can help you make decisions. Some patients can have the implant surgery and begin wearing their new dentures just a few days later, once the swelling has gone down. Other patients will need between two and four months of recovery time between their implant surgery and the time they begin to wear their dentures. This will depend on many factors, including how much bone and gum tissue you have, how long ago your natural teeth were removed, and whether or not your immune system is compromised, which can slow healing.
What Does It Cost?
The cost depends on a variety of factors such as the health of your jawbone, gums and teeth. If you have good dental insurance, they may cover at least part of the cost for you. Our professionals will be able to discuss the exact cost with you during your appointment.
Getting your implant supported dentures placed in your mouth will be done by our qualified professionals. For more information, and to find out on how you can benefit from implant supported dentures, call San Tan Oral Surgery at today.