Implant-supported Dentures: Optimal Stability and Function
Implant-supported dentures provide improved security, greater protection against bone atrophy, and a more reliable restoration when compared to traditional dentures. Patients can choose to receive implant-supported dentures with traditional implants or with the advanced All-on-4® technique. If you are missing all of your teeth on either arch, you may be a candidate for dental implant-supported dentures at our Pensacola, FL, practice. During your initial consultation, Dr. Andrew Taylor will develop a customized treatment plan, designed to accommodate your specific needs and budget.
Advantages of Implant-supported Dentures
Traditional dentures are a common teeth replacement option. Although they offer a cost-effective solution to improving the aesthetics of your smile, patients sometimes find they do not have the full range of function they once had with their teeth. This restorative device can slip out of place when eating, chewing, or speaking. Since traditional dentures are supported by the gums, dental adhesives are sometimes required to enhance their security.
Implant-supported dentures offer an optimal teeth replacement solution, providing patients with improved stability, appearance, and function. Since an implant-supported denture is connected to dental implants, there is no need for dental adhesive, and you do not have to worry about your prosthetic slipping out of place.
An implant-supported denture can give you back your confidence and help you resume normal daily life.
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. Implants are designed to imitate tooth roots and therefore prevent bone recession from occurring. Missing teeth can have a significant negative impact on your quality of life. Whether you are looking to improve your smile or gain better tooth function, an implant-supported denture can give you back your confidence and help you resume normal daily life.
Implant-supported Denture Treatment Options
Each patient has their own specific set of dental needs. During your consultation, we will determine which options are feasible for you, and create a custom treatment plan to meet your criteria. If you are a good candidate for an implant-supported denture, there are different options available to you:
Traditional Implant-supported Denture: This type of denture typically involves the placement of six to eight dental implants and can be designed as a fixed or removable device. A fixed denture is permanently connected to the dental implants with tiny screws. A removable denture will securely snap into place, giving you the ability to remove it for cleaning. Your specific needs will determine how many dental implants will be necessary. Patients who choose this method for teeth replacement will be referred to a trusted oral surgeon that Dr. Taylor uses. Once the implants are placed, Dr. Taylor will design your custom-made restoration.
All-on-4® Implant-supported Denture: This treatment method is especially helpful for patients who have limited bone in the jaw. An All-on-4® denture is reinforced by four strategically placed dental implants. Once placed, the denture can be permanently attached to the implants, providing an optimal and cost-effective teeth replacement solution. Most patients can leave the office with their new teeth on the same day as their implant procedure. Dr. Taylor can perform the entire All-on-4® treatment onsite.
Treatment Process for Implant-supported Dentures
During your initial consultation, Dr. Taylor will examine the health of your gum and bone tissue. X-rays or scans will be taken of your jawbone to establish the best location for your new dental implants. Once a custom treatment plan has been designed, we can help you schedule your appointment for your dental implant surgery. Patients can expect the following on the day of the procedure:
- Anesthesia: Local anesthesia will be administered to numb the gums and ensure you are comfortable throughout the duration of your procedure.
- Incisions: A small opening will be made in the gums to access the jawbone.
- Implant placement: The surgical-grade titanium implants will be placed into the jawbone. You will feel minor vibrations and pressure. A few stitches may be placed over the surgical site to stabilize the implant.
- Denture placement: Depending on your individual case, a healing period of three to six months may be required before the final denture can be attached to the implants. If you are a candidate for the All-on-4® technique, you may be able to leave the office with your new teeth on the same day.
- Follow-up visits: To ensure you are healing properly, you will have a series of follow-up appointments.
Schedule Your Consultation
Missing teeth can severely limit your quality of life, but implant-supported dentures may be a highly effective solution for you. Contact us today to schedule your consultation or learn more about implant-supported dentures.
"Everyone that I interacted with was professional and friendly. My dental hygienist, Holly, did an exceptional job cleaning my teeth. She was proficient and kept me as comfortable as possible. The office is very clean, and I just love the heated massage chairs as well as the TV, headphones, and sunglasses provided. Genius!"Donna S.