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If you wear traditional dentures, are you tired of watching your face slowly change shape and look older? Because there is nothing to stimulate your jawbone, such as a tooth root, your jawbone could be losing mass.

With implant-supported dentures, the implants are part of your jawbone and they provide the needed stimulation to keep your help preserve both your jawbone and the shape of your face, so it doesn’t appear sunken in. Additionally, regular dentures sit on your gums, which is uncomfortable when you chew or speak. If you are looking for a better solution to missing teeth, implant-supported dentures might be an option for you. Contact our office for more information.

What Are Implant-supported Dentures?

Traditional dentures may meet the needs of some patients looking to replace missing teeth, but many people are not happy with them. An implant-supported prosthesis is an option which patients often explore when they because dissatisfied with their conventional dentures or they have lost many teeth due to decay or dental trauma.

Implant-supported dentures are dentures which receive support from dental implants instead of resting on your gums. You’ll never have to use dental adhesive again and your dentures cannot slip because the implants hold them securely. Hundreds of thousands of people enjoy improved speech and chewing ability thanks to dentures secured by implants.

How Do Dentists Install Implant-supported Dentures and How Do They Work?

First, our dentist will see if it’s possible to use your current dentures and refit them for your implant-supported dentures. If not, he or she will have the lab create a beautiful new denture. Next, your dentist will decide if a bar-retained denture or a ball-retained denture will work best in your case. A bar-retained denture has clips to attach to the bar, which is supported by implants. Ball-retained dentures have sockets which fit securely on balls on top of your implants. Your dentist can help you choose the best system for you. He or she will then explain your treatment plan to you so you know what to expect.

To get started with your dental implants, your dentist will place several implants into your jawbone. It is a minimally invasive procedure and you’ll only need local anesthesia. The procedure takes about an hour. The implants will need several months to fuse with your bone to create a hold as secure as a natural tooth root. If you smoke, quitting will hasten the healing process. If you don’t have enough bone to fuse with the implants, you may need a bone grafting or sinus lift procedure first. When your implants have healed, your dentist will expose the tops of the implants and fit your denture to the implants.

What’s the Cost of Denture Implants?

Many factors affect your implant-supported dentures cost, including the number of implants our dentist places, your gum health and denture quality. Getting top and bottom dentures will be more expensive than getting just bottom dentures. Many of our patients initially choose to get implants for their bottom jaw since this is the denture which moves the most because of the tongue’s movement. Dental insurance rarely covers implant dentures; however, our dental team will work with you to find a way for you to have the smile you deserve. Please call us if you have questions about the payment options we accept or if you would like to book a consultation. After an examination, our dentist can provide an estimate of your expected cost.

What Are the Benefits of Affordable Quality Implant-supported Dentures?

When your denture is held in place by dental implants, moving and slipping dentures are a thing of the past. Implant-supported dentures are better because you get improved biting force, less jawbone deterioration, easy denture maintenance, don’t need denture adhesive any longer, don’t have clicking noises when you speak, maintain clearer speech and boast improved self-confidence.

How Do I Clean My New Implant-supported Dentures?

Implant-supported dentures are almost as easy to maintain as regular dentures since you remove them at night for cleaning. You should brush your dentures with an extra soft toothbrush and a toothpaste your dentist suggests for removing plaque. While your dentures cannot get cavities, plaque accumulates on them and makes them dull. You’ll also need to clean your gums and around the abutments twice daily.

It’s also important to see your dentist regularly. The clips on bar-retained dentures need to be replaced every 12 to 18 months. Your dentist will also check to see if your dentures fit properly so your dentures continue to be as comfortable.

Why Should I Choose Implant Dentures Over Traditional Dentures?

A major benefit to implant dentures is less jaw bone deterioration, which means your face won’t look sunken in as frequently happens with traditional denture wearers. This ages you, but overdentures can help you avoid this fate. Also, implants provide more stability when chewing and speaking, giving you added confidence.

If you are looking for implant-supported dentures in Northern New Jersey, please call our dental practice and request a consultation to learn more about our affordable quality implant-supported dentures.

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