What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
If you’re missing teeth, you may have started looking into treatment options and come across something known as “implant-supported dentures.” Below, we explain what implant-supported dentures are and how they differ from traditional dentures. We also discuss the benefits offered by implant-supported dentures and explain what the treatment process typically involves.
Implant-Supported Dentures: What Are They?
Implant-supported dentures (sometimes referred to as “implant-assisted dentures”) are a type of permanent dental restoration used to replace multiple missing teeth. As their name suggests, these dentures attach directly to the jawbone using dental implants.
There are various types of implant-supported dentures. For example, some are used to replace only a few missing teeth, while others are designed to replace a full row of missing teeth. Also, some are removable (snap-in dentures), while others are fixed in place and can only be removed by a dentist (hybrid dentures). If a dentist determines that you’re a candidate for implant-supported dentures, they’ll recommend the type that’s best suited to your personal needs.
Implant-Supported Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures
As was noted above, implant-supported dentures are anchored directly into the jawbone using dental implants. Traditional dentures, on the other hand, sit on top of the gums. Partial dentures (which replace multiple missing teeth, but not a full row) are usually held in place by clasps that attach to adjacent teeth. Complete dentures (which replace a full row of missing teeth) are typically held in place by suction but may also require adhesive to ensure a more secure fit.
The Benefits Offered by Implant-Supported Dentures
One of the main advantages that implant-supported dentures offer over traditional dentures is that they’re more stable, making it easier to speak and chew. Other benefits of implant-supported dentures include:
- Enhanced comfort
- Increased longevity
- A more natural-looking appearance
- Reduced risk of bone loss within the jaw
The Implant-Supported Dentures Treatment Process
In some cases, a dentist will need to take certain steps to prepare the patient’s mouth for implant-supported dentures (for example, extracting damaged teeth or performing bone grafting). Next, the dentist will surgically place the implants into the patient’s jawbone. Once the implants have fused with the bone—this usually takes about three to six months, during which time the patient will wear temporary dentures—the dentist will attach custom-made permanent dentures to the implants. If you opt to receive implant-supported dentures, your dentist will discuss this process in greater detail and explain exactly what you can expect before, during, and after treatment.
For More Information
If you’d like to learn more about implant-supported dentures and find out whether they’re the right fit for your needs, contact Burns Dentistry today and request a free initial consultation. We’re a renowned Arizona dental practice with offices in Sun City, Sun City West, and Litchfield Park, and we proudly offer a wide array of dental restoration options, including implant-supported dentures. Our experienced team can supply you with personalized care recommendations, answer your questions, and provide you with all the information you need to move forward with treatment.