If you are missing several consecutive teeth, or a full arch of teeth, you are probably considering dentures as your tooth replacement solution. At our Carmel practice, we proudly offer implant-supported dentures that offer a wealth of advantages over traditional dentures. These restorations are extremely strong and durable, and will never slip out of place. Contact Dr. Gerald Lande today to find out if you are a candidate for implant-supported dentures.
What Are Implant-supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures comprise three primary parts: the implant posts, the abutment pieces, and the dentures themselves. Because they replace both teeth and tooth roots, implant-supported dentures look and function exactly like natural teeth.
The Traditional Implant Placement Procedure
Placing traditional dental implants requires two surgeries with about three to six months of healing time in between. During the first surgery, Dr. Lande will numb your gum tissue and jawbone using local anesthesia. Next, he will create a small incision in your gums and insert small, biocompatible implant posts into your jawbone. As you heal, the posts will fuse to the jawbone, providing a firm and permanent base for your restoration.
After your healing is complete, you will return to the office to have abutments placed on the implants, which will serve as the point of connection with your dentures. The gums will be stitched closed around the implants to leave the abutments exposed above the gum line. You will return about two weeks later to have your dentures placed.
The All-on-4® Method
If you have waited to address missing teeth, you may have experienced a loss of bone mass in your jaw. All-on-4® implants can be placed and restored in a single day, and often do not require a bone graft if a patient has experienced some jaw atrophy. This technique is designed for supporting a full dental arch using special mini implants that have a smaller diameter than traditional implants, and can draw ample support from a less substantial foundation.
Benefits of Implant-supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures offer several benefits. Because they are fused to the jaw like natural tooth roots, implants keep dentures from slipping out of place while eating or speaking. Implant dentures look more natural than traditional dentures, since they are permanently attached to your jaws. Implant dentures also protect your oral health by preventing the jawbone atrophy that occurs in the absence of tooth roots.
Candidates for Dentures
Implant-supported dentures may be an option if you:
- Are missing most or all of your teeth
- Desire the most lifelike restoration available
- Have sufficient jawbone structure to support the implants. A bone graft may be necessary if you have experienced advanced jaw atrophy.
- Are not suffering from untreated gum disease
Any underlying oral health problems must first be treated before the implant procedure can begin.
Restore Your Smile with Implant-supported Dentures
To restore your smile and renew your confidence, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lande today. If you are suffering with a compromised smile, dental implants can be a valuable investment.