Traditional dentures replace missing teeth with a fully removable arch of upper or lower teeth. The false teeth are secured within an acrylic mold that fits over the surface of your gums.
Implant dentures, also called implant-supported dentures, work by securing an arch of false teeth onto a framework supported by several implanted posts. Unlike individual implants and systems like All-on-4Ⓡ dental implants, implant dentures can be removed for cleaning and dental hygiene routines.
When compared with traditional dentures, implant dentures offer a more secure fit. You won’t need to use adhesive to keep the dentures in place, and there is no soft tissue discomfort because the teeth are not secured in an acrylic base.
Implant dentures also help preserve your bone tissue because they deliver stimulation to the jaw bone when you bite or chew, just like natural teeth. Because there is no shifting, implant dentures allow you to enjoy a full range of food options, while many people with traditional dentures find it hard to eat foods like meat, corn on the cob, and other options.
When compared to systems like All-on-4, implant dentures are a more affordable choice. Many people also prefer to be able to fully remove their dentures to ensure proper cleaning and to make it easier to maintain optimal gum health.
The process begins with a full set of X-rays and digital impressions to guide treatment planning. Your practitioner determines how many implants are needed to secure your new dentures and which type of attachment system is the right option.
On the day of the procedure, you’ll receive numbing medication to keep you comfortable. Your practitioner creates an incision in your gums to access the jaw bone, then places the post portion of the implant into the bone using a precise angle.
The gums are then closed to allow the healing process to begin. Hamada Family Dentistry has an in-house lab that fabricates top-quality, custom-designed dentures. Once your gums are healed and the dentures are ready, you’ll return to have them placed.
Your practitioner attaches the hardware needed to secure your dentures to the implanted posts. Once your gums are fully healed, your custom-made dentures are secured into place and you’ll learn how to install and remove them on your own.
If you have additional questions about how implant dentures can restore your smile, schedule a consultation online or by phone to learn more.