Implant supported dentures are an innovative restoration that has forever changed the way that dentists and surgeons think about replacing teeth. Traditional dentures have limited success, as they are not secured, inconvenient, and at times, painful. Traditional dentures can make it difficult for you to eat your favorite foods, and because they tend to be unstable, you can find yourself in an embarrassing situation if your dentures slip or shift while you’re speaking.
Implant supported dentures deal with some of these problems, as it will work to replace the teeth that are missing with a dental bridge, and the only thing that will support it are four dental implants. Since fewer implants are required, the cost and treatment time with this restoration will both be significantly reduced. You’ll also enjoy greater bone stability, reducing the necessity for bone grafting in order to improve bone volume.
Candidates for Implant Supported Dentures
Some people will be better candidates than others when it comes to implant supported dentures. If you are wearing traditional dentures and find them to be inconvenient or uncomfortable, you are a top candidate for this restorative option. If you are missing several natural teeth, implant supported dentures will likely be the best possible treatment option, but you should be sure to call us to get an evaluation.
Implant Supported Dentures vs. Dental Implants
Both dental implants and implant supported dentures can be used to replace entire rows of teeth. However, while dental implants generally require 6-8 implants, implant supported dentures will only require four.
Likewise, dental implants require at least two procedures to have the implants put into place. First, you’ll have the titanium posts put into your jaw bone, and then you’ll be sent home for up to six months while the jawbone heals and the implant fuses around it. After that, you’ll return for your follow up appointment to get your final restorations. On the other hand, implant supported dentures will be completed all in the same appointment, so you’ll go from tooth loss to a beautiful and functional smile in just one visit.
Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures
If you are considering implant supported dentures, it is important that you weigh the pros and cons of this system. There are several benefits associated with choosing implant supported dentures for your tooth loss:
Cost effective. As previously noted, your replacement teeth will only require four implants per jaw. Since you will require fewer implants than with traditional implants, the cost of your treatment will be reduced
Faster healing and treatment time. The replacement arch and implants will be attached immediately
Less chance for requiring a bone graft. The way that the two implants are tilted will ensure that they are properly anchored, and this generally makes it unnecessary to also pursue bone grafting, even if bone is limited
Best of all, the implant supported denture has been getting excellent reviews, and outcomes from clinical trials over the last 10 years have come back with extremely favorable results.