Implant-supported Dentures: The Preferred Way to Replace Missing Teeth
Looking for a reliable and natural-looking way to replace a row of missing teeth? Consider implant-supported dentures.
These dentures are attached to dental implants to provide a long-lasting, stable performance. The team at the Center for Dental Excellence in Pittsburg, PA offers this service for patients who want the highest standards in replacing a row of teeth.
Implant-supported Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures
Traditional dentures are placed over the gums and held there with natural suction and special dental adhesives. Retaining the denture in this way is not always reliable. The denture can slip when eating or speaking.
Furthermore, the denture can be uncomfortable to wear. Over time, traditional dentures will need to be adjusted as the underlying gum and bone tissues change due to tooth loss. An ill-fitting denture can rub the gums, causing irritation of the soft tissues.
Alternatively, dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw and fuses with the bone. The denture is then securely attached to the implant posts. As a result, the implant and denture are backed with the full strength of your jaw. There is no need to worry that the artificial teeth will move and potentially cause embarrassment.
Additionally, dental implants do not require ongoing adjustment. They consistently fit comfortably in the mouth. This is largely thanks to the fact that the implant system stimulates the jawbone and avoids changes to the bone structure.
Placing Implant-supported Dentures
Receiving an implant-retained denture is a multi-step process. You will first meet with the dentist during a consultation. At this time, an examination will be performed and high-resolution images of your oral structure will be taken to determine your eligibility.
Patients should be in good enough overall heath to undergo an oral surgery. They will also need sufficient jawbone density to retain the implant.
If you are given the green light for implants, they will be placed into the jaw by a surgeon. You will then wait about four to six months for the implant posts to fuse with the bone. During this wait, you may have a temporary denture attached to the implants.
When the healing process is complete, you will have a second procedure to attach the abutments to the implants. These devices serve as connectors to the denture.
A couple of weeks later, when you have recovered, you will return to our office to receive your permanent denture.
The Advantages of Implant-supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures are the recommended method to replace a full dental arch. The many advantages to this system include:
- Dentures that consistently fit well
- Dentures that appear and function like real teeth
- A denture support system that lasts for decades
- A simple at-home hygiene routine that is the same as caring for natural teeth
- The confidence that the denture will not slip out of place
- Stopping jawbone break-down that follows long-term tooth root loss
- Salvaging your facial appearance, which can alter jawbone deterioration
Are Implant-supported Dentures Right for You?
Find out for yourself how implant-supported dentures can positively affect your quality of life. Call us today at (412) 373-9447 to make your appointment. You can also fill out our online form.