Are you missing multiple teeth? Whether your teeth were lost to decay or trauma, it’s important to replace them in order to restore your smile and your oral health. Dentures can be a great option for patients to re-establish daily functions such as biting, chewing, and speaking. At Titus Dentistry, we offer implant-supported dentures which are the most stable of the denture appliance options. At our office in Middletown, IN, we combine advanced technology with exceptional care to ensure that our patients love the look and feel of their dentures.
What are implant supported dentures?
Implant supported dentures are artificial teeth appliances that are held securely in place with dental implants that are surgically placed in the jawbone. While traditional dentures are held in place via natural suction or adhesive, implant-supported dentures are connected directly to the implants in order to provide stability close to that of natural teeth.
Implant-supported dentures are commonly placed in the lower jaw where patients with traditional dentures are more likely to experience discomfort or slipping. The implants provide the support needed for maximum comfort and optimal function. In many cases, patients may opt for implant-supported dentures on the top arch as well.
Placing implant supported dentures
The first step in the process is the placement of the implants in the jawbone. The number of implants placed depends on the number of teeth missing and the health of the patients’ oral structures. Once the implants are in place, they are left to heal and fuse with the jawbone. This process can take around three to six months.
Once the healing is complete, a second procedure is performed to expose the top of the implant and place a healing collar on top of each one. These are left in place for a couple of weeks and then are removed and abutments are attached in their place.
The final step in the process is to take impressions of the mouth with the implants for final fabrication of the dentures. Once the denture appliances are ready, they will be checked for fit and comfort before being permanently attached to the abutments.
Implant-supported dentures at Titus Dentistry explained by Dr. Jonathan W. Titus
What are implant-supported dentures?
If you have ever worn traditional dentures, you are fully aware of their limitations in function and aesthetics.
If you’re looking for an option for restoring your teeth to their natural function, the best option for many of our patients is implant-supported dentures.
What are the ways implant-supported dentures be used?
Implants can be used to support dentures in a couple of ways. One is we can use implants to help retain dentures.
It is a way for us to attach the dentures to your jaw so they don’t move around. You can talk and eat the way you would like to.
Who is an ideal candidate for implant-supported dentures?
The ideal candidate is any patient who is forced to go to a complete denture—especially patients who have difficulty with any appliance nestling on the roof of their mouth.
What are the benefits of implant-supported dentures?
Many of our patients have strong gag reflexes, and the thought of wearing a denture is not something they can tolerate long term.
For patients to remove the palette from their dentures, because we have gained more support from the implants, changes the equation drastically.
It allows us to provide more natural-looking aesthetics and make a much less invasive denture because we are not relying on the gum tissue to try and hold the denture in.
Give us a call today to learn more about implant-supported dentures.
Book your consultation today
If you are looking for a tooth replacement solution that you can count on to stay in place, then implant-supported dentures may be the option for you. To find out if you are a candidate, call Titus Dentistry today at (765) 358-5868 to book an appointment.