Implant Supported Dentures

If you find yourself smiling less because you have missing teeth, you have options

Implant-supported dentures bridge the gap between traditional dentures and pricier implants. They restore your teeth and confidence, giving you something to smile about.

How Implant-Supported Dentures Work

Implant-supported dentures are a tooth replacement option that combines the state-of-the-art technology of dental implants with a more traditional method of replacing missing teeth, dentures. They provide a secure and permanent tooth replacement option. If you've lost all or most of your teeth, implant-supported dentures might be the replacement option that's best for you.

Getting implant-supported dentures is a multi-step process. During the first phase, your dentist will place implants, which are titanium posts, into your jawbone. Over the next few months, the implants will fuse with the jawbone, becoming permanently attached. Once the implants are ready, your dentist will fit dentures to your mouth. The dentures attach to the implants and are held securely in place. You can remove the dentures if needed, but unlike traditional dentures, you don't have to take them out of your mouth.

Implant-supported dentures can replace all of the teeth in the upper and lower jaw. They are most commonly used on the lower jaw as they provide more support and stability than traditional dentures.

Implant-Supported Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures

Traditional dentures offer several benefits to people who are missing most or all of their teeth. They make it easier to eat, drink, speak and are relatively affordable.

But, traditional dentures aren't perfect. They rest on top of the gums and are typically held in place with adhesives. They aren't very secure and can become loose throughout the day. People who wear traditional dentures often find that their eating choices are limited. 

Implant-supported dentures are much more stable. They firmly attach to the jawbone, thanks to the implants. You don't have to use adhesives to hold them in place and shouldn't have any food restrictions when wearing them. 

Traditional dentures have a reputation for being uncomfortable. The dentures can move throughout the day, irritating the gums, tongue and other soft tissues in the mouth. They can also cause embarrassment, particularly if the denture slips or moves out of place. 

In contrast, implant-supported dentures look and feel like natural teeth. You're welcome to tell people you have them, but if you don't mention it, no one will know that you have dentures. It's also much easier to chew and speak when you have implant-supported dentures instead of traditional ones. 

Finally, traditional dentures don't support the gums the way implant-supported dentures do. The jawbone needs stimulation from the teeth to keep it from dissolving. It gets that stimulation from implant-supported dentures but not from traditional ones.

Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures

If you're not sure whether you should choose implant-supported dentures or another tooth replacement option, take a look at some of the benefits of permanent dentures:

  • Comfort: Implant-supported dentures don't slip or slide like traditional dentures. They fit your mouth perfectly and feel just like your natural teeth.
  • Confidence: If you've been smiling with your mouth closed or refusing to smile, implant-supported dentures can give you your confidence back. You'll want to smile once you see how great your new teeth look.
  • Preserves the jawbone: When you lose teeth, you also risk losing bone structure, due to reduced sensation when chewing and biting. Implant-supported dentures help you retain that sensation. When you chew, the force travels through the dentures and into the implants. From there, the sensation reaches the bone, minimizing bone loss.
  • More food options: You shouldn't have to limit your diet because of your teeth. With implant-supported dentures, you can eat pretty much anything you want, even chewy or crunchy foods.
  • Ease of maintenance: It's easy to take care of implant-supported dentures. You can brush them like you would your natural teeth. If you decide to remove the dentures, place them in a jar of water and ensure the water fully covers the dentures. 

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