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How Implant Supported Dentures Replace Missing Teeth
Implant supported dentures are one of the increasingly popular methods of restoring lost teeth. These devices combine the durable and bone-preserving qualities of implants and dentures. This combination provides an effective solution that is considerably less expensive than replacing every lost tooth with an implant.
How implant supported dentures work
A patient who is interested in getting implant supported dentures needs to meet with a dentist that specializes in placing dental implants. The dentist will perform necessary evaluations to ensure the patient is in good oral health and has adequate jawbone density to hold the dental implants. If any condition such as gum disease is present, it must be treated before the process commences.
Getting implant supported dentures usually involves the strategic placement of four to six implants surgically into the patient’s jawbone. The number of implants used depends on the type of implant dentures preferred by the patient. The implants are embedded in the bone to provide adequate support for the new dentures and keep them permanently in place. Titanium is the metal used for making implant posts, but other options like zirconium implants may be recommended for patients that are allergic to titanium.
After inserting the implants, the jawbone will be allowed to heal and integrate properly with the implants and create a solid foundation. The osseointegration process can take between three to six months, but the waiting period is important for the success of dental implants. After the implants fuse with the jawbone fully, the patient will be ready to get the final prosthesis.
The custom-made denture set is fabricated in a dental lab using impressions of the patient’s dentition. The denture can be fixed or removable and helps to restore the appearance and function of the patient’s teeth. The artificial teeth on the dentures are usually made from acrylic instead of porcelain or ceramics to make repair easy if issues occur eventually. There is also an option to get porcelain crowns on the dentures at an extra cost.
The benefits of getting implant supported dentures
Implant supported dentures are an effective tooth replacement option for patients who have lost most or all the teeth on a dental arch. The following are some of the benefits:
- Unlike traditional dentures, caring for implant supported dentures is more convenient and easier. Cleaning and maintenance are like caring for natural teeth – brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist for a checkup.
- They are considerably cheaper than replacing every lost tooth with single dental implants.
- The implants hold the dentures securely in the mouth, meaning they are less likely to fall out when talking or eating. This also means patients can finally get rid of denture adhesives.
- They have the appearance and feel of natural teeth.
- Also, dental implants provide the stimulation required by the jawbone to stay healthy and prevent shrinkage or resorption.
Implant supported dentures have a high success rate – up to 95 percent – and solve most of the problems faced by people who have traditional dentures. Book an appointment with the dentist to learn more about implant supported dentures.
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