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Modern dentistry has come a long way since the invention of dentures. Until recently, people who lost all or nearly all of their teeth had to get removable dentures if they wanted to replace their teeth. The dentures sat on the gums and needed denture adhesive to stay in place. Traditional dentures also make it hard to speak and eat without the dentures slipping and sliding around.
Today, implant-supported dentures can replace missing teeth and eliminate the problems associated with conventional dentures. If you’re looking for a replacement for missing teeth, contact our office for more information on implant dentures.
What Problems Do Implant-supported Dentures Solve?
Implant-supported dentures are dentures which attach to implants in the jawbone instead of resting on your gum. This can cause sore gums and canker sores. Implant dentures are more comfortable and more secure than a traditional denture. Patients often request implant dentures for their lower jaw since this is the denture that slips more often; however, you can also get an implant-supported denture to replace your upper teeth. If you’re interested in more stability and more comfort, contact our office for a consultation.
What’s the Process for Getting Implant-supported Dentures?
Placing an implant-supported denture requires two visits to our dental office after your consultation, unless you need preliminary work, such as extractions, then it might be more visits. The first part of the procedure involves placing the implants into your jawbone. While this sounds painful, you’ll have local anesthesia and may only feel minimal discomfort. Our dentist makes it a point to explain the procedure in detail so you will know what to expect.
On your subsequent visit, our dentist will surgically expose the tops of the implants to place abutments on them. In some cases, we can combine these steps. It may take between three to six months for the implants to fuse with your jawbone. Our dentist will explain what you can do to make the process go faster, such as quitting smoking.
The abutments will either be a ball for ball-retained implants or an abutment which will hold a bar. If your dentist can use your existing dentures, he or she will fit them with sockets for ball-retained implants or clips to clip on bar-retained implants. Both systems are effective at securing dentures. Your dentist will recommend the implant-supported dentures system which is best for you.
What is the Cost of Denture Implants?
While implant-supported dentures initially cost more than regular dentures, most patients find the advantages are well worth the additional cost. Factors we look at when calculating your implant-supported dentures cost include the number of implants needed to secure your denture, whether you need extractions of a bone graft and whether you have one arch or both arches done. If your dentist can’t retrofit your existing dentures, you will need to have new ones made. If you call us and request a consultation, our dentist can provide a reasonable estimate for our affordable quality implant-supported dentures after assessing your needs.
What Advantages Do Implant-supported Dentures Have Over Conventional Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures have many advantages over regular dentures which sit on your gums, including:
- You never need to buy expensive denture adhesive again
- Your dentures will never click when you talk
- You can eat almost any food you like
- Your gums won’t get irritated
- Your speech will be clearer with implant dentures
How Do You Clean Implant-supported Dentures?
When maintaining your dentures, keeping them clean is still vital even though they are not subject to decay. You have to brush them twice daily with a very soft toothbrush to remove biofilm, which turns into plaque. The plaque can make your teeth dull. Your dentist can recommend a non-abrasive cleaner to use which will not scratch your porcelain teeth. You’ll also have to clean your gums and the area around the abutments. Place a towel in the sink before cleaning your dentures so you don’t accidentally crack or break them if you drop them.
You can also have our dentist clean your dentures regularly. Dentists have specialized tools to clean the denture and check the health of the gum tissue that surrounds your dental implants.
Why Are Affordable Quality Implant-supported Dentures Better Than Other Types?
Implant-supported dentures are a wonderful choice for those looking for more stability and better function after losing teeth. If you are looking for a dentist with expertise in implant-supported dentures in Toms River, please call our office for an appointment. We have a great deal of information available about snap-on dentures and we can answer your questions and address your concerns.