Would you like to give your smile a second chance after tooth loss? Believe it or not, you can have a complete smile again! Implant dentures make it possible for you to regain missing teeth with just a handful of posts that become integrated with the jawbone. If you are interested in learning more about implant dentures, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at Aegis Dental, and we’ll schedule a consultation with Dr. Chandy. She’ll happily answer any questions and help you determine whether this option is right for you and your smile!
While traditional dentures sit on top of the gum tissue, implant dentures are prosthetic teeth that are stabilized by attaching to implant posts. However, unlike other implant restorations, implant dentures are typically secured with only four to six posts in the entire arch. In general, there are two types of implant dentures, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. They include the following:
Most of the time, patients want their dentures permanently affixed to the implants. With this method, only a dentist can remove your dentures, which brings several benefits. That way, you don’t have to worry about them moving at all. When they are bonded like this, they look and feel just like real teeth and are the closest thing to nature you can get after total tooth loss.
Perhaps you’ve grown accustomed to having prosthetic teeth you can remove. If you prefer being able to take out your dentures for easy cleaning, we don’t have to permanently bond them in place. Instead, they can “snap” them in and out, giving you the freedom to enjoy your replacement teeth however you like. Typically this type of implant denture utilizes either a bar or ball sockets for stability.
Once you and Dr. Chandy have decided that implant dentures are the right treatment for you, you’ll see an oral surgeon or a periodontist to have the implant posts surgically positioned within the jawbone. After three to six months, the jawbone will heal and grow around the posts. Then, we will put in the abutments and take impressions of your oral cavity to create your custom dentures. Once they are finished, we can attach them inside your mouth.
Qualifying for implant dentures is quite simple. Most people who are missing multiple teeth meet the basic requirements, which are excellent oral health (i.e., no infections like gum disease) and sufficient jawbone density to sustain implants. What if you don’t meet these criteria? Does this mean you can’t get implant dentures? Not necessarily. We can help you become eligible for this treatment even if you don’t initially qualify. After all, everyone deserves to have a complete smile!
Implant dentures bring the best of both worlds into one simple solution. Instead of having a separate implant for each missing tooth, implant dentures allow you to replace a whole arch of teeth with a handful of implants. These dentures are also much more stable than traditional ones because they are firmly attached to the jawbone via the implants. This allows you to enjoy a more nutritious diet, which can help your overall health and quality of life improve.