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If the thought of wearing traditional dentures forever makes you cringe, don’t worry; you have options. If you’re young, you probably remember older family members complaining about their uncomfortable dentures. Many people chose not to wear then and went without. Fortunately, modern dentistry has a better answering to replacing teeth these days.
Implant-supported dentures are the ideal solution if you would like more comfortable dentures with enhanced stability and greater aesthetic appeal. Please call our office to learn more or to schedule a consultation with our experienced dentist.
Will an Implant-supported Denture Replace My Missing Teeth?
Implant-supported dentures, also called overdentures, are attached to your gums by the abutments, or accessories, on implants. Individuals with uncomfortable dentures will find our affordable quality implant-supported dentures offer a more comfortable, stable solution to traditional dentures which slip and move often. Most people replace their regular lower denture with one supported by implants since this is the one which often slips, although an implant denture can also replace top teeth.
How Do Dentists Place Implant Dentures?
Once your dentist determines you are a good candidate for an implant denture, he or she will perform any preliminary work needed, such as extractions. Before the implant procedure, you’ll choose your new custom denture, which the dental lab fabricates for you. Next, your dentist will place the implants into your jawbone. This does not hurt and it’s typically a minimally invasive procedure. It can take two to six months for the jawbone to fuse with the implant. When you come back to our office after your implants have healed, your dentist will surgically expose the top of the implants and place abutments on the top of the implant. The abutment holds the denture.
For your convenience, there are bar-retained and ball-retained dentures available. Bar-retained dentures use a thin metal bar which spans the length of the implant. Your dentures will have clips on them so you can easily remove the denture at night. Ball-retained dentures have sockets in them which fit over balls on the top of the implant. Your dentist will recommend one or the other after reviewing your needs. Both are effective at retaining dentures and both are relatively easy to use.
Is the Implant-supported Dentures Cost Expensive?
The cost of denture implants is more than the cost of traditional dentures but implant dentures are far superior in comfort and stability. Your overall cost depends on the number of implants you need, whether you choose full dentures or just an upper or lower denture, the quality of the denture chosen and your gum health. When you call to schedule a consultation, our dentist can estimate your total cost after assessing your needs. Few dental insurance companies cover dentures supported by implants. Please call us if you have concerns about our available payment options. Our goal is always to find the best solution for you at a price which fits into your budget.
If you’ve been having your dentures relined every few years or have been buying expensive dental adhesive, you may end up saving money with snap-on dentures.
What Benefits Are There to Choosing Implant-supported Dentures Over Regular Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures will help you:
- Be more confident about speaking
- Eat the foods you enjoy
- Stop making clicking sounds when you speak
- Eliminate gum pain and sores
- Eliminate the need for denture adhesive
If you’re ready to switch to implant-supported dentures, call our office to request a consultation. We’ll answer your questions and help you make the right decision for your situation and budget.
Did you know overdentures can also help you retain a youthful appearance? When you are missing teeth and no longer have roots stimulating your jawbone when you chew, the bone deteriorates. Implants can help stop the bone from deteriorating as quickly, helping you retain a youthful appearance longer.
How Do I Take Care of My Implant-supported Dentures?
Proper maintenance helps keep your implant-supported dentures looking good and functioning properly for as long as possible. Brush your implants with an extra soft toothbrush using a non-abrasive toothpaste. Your dentist will show you how to keep your gums and the area around the abutments clean. Regularly scheduled appointments with our dentist will ensure your implant-supported dentures continue to fit comfortably and any pieces are replaced when needed.
Where Do I Find Affordable Quality Implant-supported Dentures Near Me?
If you’re looking for implant-supported dentures in East Brunswick to improve your smile and restore your ability to speak naturally, we’d be thrilled to help you. We enjoy seeing patients leave our office smiling with their new dentures supported by implants. Happy patients are the best form of recommendation and we’re delighted to see them achieve their dental goals.