Patients using traditional dentures may experience occasional discomfort when performing simple day-to-day activities. Without the added support of implants, traditional dentures are prone to shifting, slipping, and wobbling when eating, drinking, and speaking. Some patients learn to move past the inconvenience, but those looking for more comfortable solutions have options. Contrary to their traditional counterparts, implant-supported dentures are fixed to the gums rather than resting on top. The result is greater stability, a healthier jawbone, and decreased pain. Take advantage of this type of denture — request an appointment with an Orlando dentist at Thornton Park Dental Arts today, and start feeling more confident about smiling — pain-free — once again.
Like the name implies, this kind of denture is supported by small implants placed within the gums that eventually fuse with the jaw bone. There are several different kinds of implants used depending on the number of teeth to be repaired. The most common type is a small titanium post that works much like the roots of natural teeth. Once the implants are placed and stabilized, the dentures or fake teeth are securely attached to the implants by your dentist. From then on, the patient may enjoy the full benefits of implant-supported dentures.
Implant-supported dentures have become the new standard in restorative dentistry thanks in large part to the many advantages they can offer over traditional dentures. Here are some of these advantages:
Dentures supported by implants can give you a more natural look because the replacement teeth are firmly attached to your gums just like natural teeth. In addition, implant-supported dentures in the upper jaw don’t cover the roof of your mouth (palate) like a regular denture does, giving you a completely natural look even from up close.
Patients with traditional dentures know of the occasional embarrassment caused by their dentures slipping out in the middle of a conversation or a dinner party — implant-supported dentures can save you this trouble. The added support of titanium posts attached directly to the jaw gives the wearer unmatched stability.
Patients with lost teeth naturally experience bone degradation which gradually changes the shape of their jaw over time. This can make it difficult for traditional dentures to fit well after a while. Fortunately, dental implants can slow down this degradation by filling in for your natural teeth roots.
Unlike traditional dentures, which must be replaced approximately every X years, implant-supported dentures can last a lifetime with good care and maintenance, saving you several visits to your dentist office in Orlando, FL.
Any patient looking to restore their teeth with the help of implants must be in good oral health. In particular, candidates must be free of gum disease, tooth decay, or other conditions that might hinder oral treatment. Additionally, patients must have enough bone tissue to support the type and number of implants needed for a successful surgery.
Patients who do not yet meet these qualifications should not fret, however. With the right preparation, patients can improve their chances of becoming a good candidate for implant-supported dentures. For example, patients with gum disease will need to undergo enough root planing treatment to help the gums reattach themselves to the tooth structure. In general, we recommend patients practice good periodontal care and undergo any procedures recommended by their dentists before thinking about getting denture implants.
The first thing your doctor will do is take impressions of remaining teeth and gums. These impressions will be used to create your custom prosthetics. In the meantime, your doctor may provide you with a temporary denture. Once we have your custom dentures, we will proceed with the dental implant surgery. The doctor will sedate you with the use of nitrous oxide and proceed to make the appropriate incisions in your gums. The number and type of implants the dentist places will vary depending on the oral health, remaining teeth, and preferences of each patient. Following the surgery, recovery typically takes between three months and six months, depending on the amount of implants placed. Once the implants have sufficiently fused with your jawbone, it will be time for your dentist to attach the customized dentures to the implants. Once done with the attachment, you may enjoy the full benefits of your restored smile.
At Thornton Park Dental Arts, we encourage all of our patients to choose implant-supported dentures over regular dentures whenever possible. The advantages provided by denture implants in terms of comfort, natural appearance, and long-term oral health are simply too good to miss. In case you may not qualify yet, our team of experts will work with you to best prepare you for future oral surgery. Our dental practice accepts most insurance plans and payment options. We also offer competitive financing plans. Restore a smile that will last — contact us today to get started on implant-supported dentures.