What are implant-supported dentures?
An implant-supported denture is an overdenture resting directly on your gums and is supported and retained by implants in your upper or lower jaw. The overdenture is a removable set of artificial teeth and gums, which help restore the function and appearance of your smile.
The implant-supported dentures are more stable than a regular denture, so you won’t have to worry about the denture falling out of your mouth.
There are a variety of reasons why implant-supported dentures are beneficial, such as they:
- Improve the aesthetics of your smile
- Allow you to eat harder foods
- Improve your ability to speak
- Restore your confidence
- Help prevent bone loss
- Do not need traditional denture adhesives
In addition to the benefits stated above, implant-supported dentures are a great solution to replace teeth if you’re experiencing pain or have rotted roots.
What can I expect while getting my implant-supported dentures?
Multiple office visits are required throughout the process of getting implant-supported dentures. To begin the process, Dr. Atcha and his staff take impressions of your mouth along with extracting any teeth, if necessary. Dr. Atcha uses these impressions to help create your dentures.
The next phase involves Dr. Atcha using local anesthetic around the incision sites to ensure your comfort. He then makes a tiny incision in your gum pocket, inserts a titanium screw into the jaw bone, and stitches up your gums. He repeats this part of the process multiple times because anywhere from five to eight implants may be necessary to support a full denture.
What can I expect after I receive my implant-supported dentures?
To ensure your implant-supported dentures last as long as possible, Dr. Atcha suggests taking care of them just like regular teeth through flossing and brushing regularly. Bacteria, plaque, and tartar can build up on your implant-supported dentures even though they are made up of artificial teeth.
To avoid damaging them, always remove your implant-supported dentures prior to going to bed.
If you’d like to learn more about implant-supported dentures and to see if you’re a good candidate for them, call New Teeth Chicago Dental today, or book your appointment online.