Implant Supported Dentures – An Option for Replacing Multiple Missing Teeth

Implant Supported Dentures – An Option for Replacing Multiple Missing Teeth

Implant-supported dentures are a great option for anyone who has lost most of their teeth. Dentures have historically been the most commonly recommended oral prosthetic for those missing most of their teeth, but they are not without their drawbacks.

Dentures are held in place via suction forces, and that often leads to poor stability. Dental adhesives can be used to improve their stability, but using them can get messy, and they do not provide great stability. Dentures constantly shifting in the mouth makes wearing them uncomfortable for many. The prosthetic rubbing against the soft tissues in the mouth can lead to the formation of sores. Denture wearers also have to worry about their prosthetic falling out of their mouth when eating or speaking, leading to embarrassing moments.

Implant-supported dentures provide patients with stable artificial teeth that are firmly planted in their mouth like real teeth. This completely changes the patient’s experience.

What to expect when getting implant-supported dentures

Implants are highly recommended to those with missing teeth, but they happen to be the most expensive way to replace missing teeth. A single implant can cost more than a full set of dentures. Implant-supported dentures combine two of the most popular restorations used in dentistry to provide an affordable solution that can be used to replace multiple teeth.

Implants are rods that are inserted into a person’s jawbone. The implant is left there to fuse with bone tissues through a process known as osseointegration. This turns the implant into part of the patient’s jawbone, providing virtually as much stability as a real tooth’s roots.

Implant-supported dentures can be fixed in place or removable devices based on the patient’s preference. Removable implant-retained dentures work similarly to the way traditional dentures work. They are simply attached to implants when worn for significantly improved stability.

Permanently fixed implants make use of special denture sets that do not have the rigorous cleaning requirements of conventional dentures. The oral prosthetic stays in once installed and the patient simply needs to brush and floss to maintain their artificial teeth.

The process

Getting implant-retained dentures starts with a consultation with a dentist. The dentist goes over the patient’s medical and dental history looking for conditions that might hinder the recovery process. Health issues like diabetes and immune system disorders make it harder to heal from the surgical insertion of implants. The dentist will examine each patient on an individual basis to determine their eligibility.

The dentist will also examine each patient’s jaw to determine if it is thick enough to hold implants in place. Patients who lack the needed bone tissues might need to get bone grafts to qualify for implants.

During the surgery, four to six implants will be placed in each half of the jaw being worked on. These implants are given up to six months to fuse with bone tissues before being fitted with attachments that will be used to hold implants in place.

Replace your missing teeth

Call or visit our Phoenix clinic to learn more about how implant-supported dentures can be used to replace your missing teeth.

Request an appointment here: or call Phoenix Family Dentistry at (602) 547-9007 for an appointment in our Phoenix office.


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