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A gap-toothed smile might have been all the rage when you were 6 years old, but that look does go over well when you are in adulthood. If you have smile only a hockey spouse could love, you might want to consider getting implant supported dentures.
In the last few years, dental implants have revolutionized the way missing teeth are replaced. In addition to filling the gap left by a lone extracted or missing tooth, dental implants now are being used to anchor a denture to replace an entire row of missing teeth.
Our implant-trained dentist will attach a denture to a few well-placed dental implant posts, giving you a set of replacement teeth that are with you always. The treatment is called an implant-supported denture.
We’d be happy to consult with you to determine if you are a candidate for this innovative procedure. After your appointment, many of your questions will be answered including:
- Is this option good for me?
- What is the timetable for me having a new smile?
- How can fit the cost into my budget?
What is the Difference between a Removable Denture and an Implant-Supported Denture?
Traditional, removable dentures contain artificial teeth attached to a base that rests on your natural gums. A removable denture is kept in place with gooey denture adhesive and the muscles of your mouth, which may take a while to get used to. Unfortunately, traditional dentures can slide out of place, especially when opening your mouth wide to laugh or sing. Plus, traditional dentures need to be removed each night for cleaning and then stored in glass on your bathroom counter or by your bed.
On the other hand, an implant-supported denture is affixed permanently in your mouth. Our dentist will place two, four, or six dental implants into your jaw where they will fuse with your bone and provide a stable base for the denture. The denture is latched on to the implants, giving you a set of wonderful, natural-looking teeth 24-hours-a-day.
What Are the Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures?
At your first visit, our helpful team will discuss the benefits of getting an implant-supported denture. Here are some reasons why so many people like this innovative option:
- They look and feel like natural teeth, and don’t need to be removed daily.
- An implant-supported top denture does not have the flat piece along the roof of the mouth like a removable denture. That can make it easier to speak.
- The implant provides denture stabilization – meaning the denture won’t slip out of place.
- Did we mention the sticky and messy denture adhesive? You won’t need it.
- The implants mimic natural tooth roots, stimulating bone growth and reducing bone loss.
- And since there’s less bone loss, there’s less premature wrinkling around your mouth, giving you a more youthful appearance.
- They make it easier to speak clearly, eat, and sing.
One of the biggest benefits is that make you feel great about your smile again which boosts your self-esteem and your self-confidence.
What Are the Different Types of Implant-Supported Dentures?
Two types of implant-supported dentures, which are also called overdentures because the denture fits over the implants, are available. The permanent overdenture is fastened to the dental implants and the artificial teeth stay in your mouth 24 hours a day.
The second type of overdenture can be removed. While the implant posts are permanently embedded into your jawbone, the denture itself can be taken out each night.
Schedule a Consultation with our Implant Dentist Today
If you want a denture that won’t slip or slide, call our implant dentists today. More than 23 million Americans are dealing with chronic tooth loss and the lack of confidence that accompanies it. An implant-supported denture restores your ability to eat your favorite foods and smile easily.
Call us today to make an appointment for your consultation. We look forward to talking with you and putting you on the path to a beautiful smile.