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Do you have several missing teeth and want to regain your confidence when you’re speaking or chewing? Implant dentures may be a good option for you if you are looking for a solution that is permanent, reliable and secure. Finding affordable, quality implant-supported dentures can help you to resume your daily activities with confidence.
What Do Implant-Supported Dentures Do?
An implant-supported denture is a permanent prosthesis that is securely attached to and supported by dental implants. Traditional dentures merely rest on the gums, meaning that they can easily slip out of place or fall out when you eat or talk. The support of the dental implants allows implant dentures to stay firmly in place no matter what you are doing. If you are missing teeth in your jaw but still have plenty of bone left to support two or more implants, you may be a good candidate for this type of denture. These dentures are generally used for the lower jaw, but can be used for the upper and lower jaws as well.
How Do Implant-Supported Dentures Work & What Happens During an Implant Denture Procedure?
The way your implant-supported dentures will work depends on the type of dentures that you choose. There are two main types available today: bar-retained dentures and ball-retained dentures. Both types of dentures are comprised of an acrylic base that matches the appearance of the gums, while utilizing porcelain or acrylic to match the look of natural teeth. A bar-retained implant denture will utilize a single metal bar that is curved to support the implants. The denture will then be securely clipped into place with attachments. A ball-retained denture attaches to the implants via ball-shaped attachments that are located on the implants. The attachments fit into sockets that are located on the denture.
While there are some types of dentures that are able to be placed in just one visit, most patients need to visit the dentist at least twice to have the implants put in. Your first visit is comprised of a surgical procedure that will place the implants inside of the jawbone under your gum line. Three to six months later, you will return to the dentist to have a second surgical procedure that consists of the dentist exposing the implants from beneath the gums. Your dentist will assess your case to determine which type of implant denture is right for you.
How Much Will My Implant-Supported Dentures Cost?
Just like any other dental procedure, the cost of denture implants varies from person to person. The complexity of your case, the number of implants needed, the number of follow-up visits needed, the type of dentures that are chosen and your dental insurance will all factor into your final cost. Our team of professionals is dedicated to finding you affordable, quality implant-supported dentures. Contact us today to learn more about how you can afford this type of denture.
Are There Benefits to Implant-Supported Dentures?
There are an array of benefits associated with having implant-supported dentures. This type of denture offers more stability than traditional dentures. This means that you will be able to eat, drink and speak without worrying about your dentures slipping or falling. They are also incredibly comfortable. To learn more about the many benefits that these dentures can provide you with, book an appointment to speak with one of our dentists today.
How Will I Take Care of My Implant-Supported Dentures?
You should practice excellent oral hygiene techniques in order to keep your new dentures looking fantastic for years to come. Your prosthetic teeth and any connecting abutments should be cleaned twice daily. By cleaning them every morning and night you will ensure that bacteria doesn’t grow inside of your mouth. Your implant-supported dentures should be cleaned with a toothbrush that has soft bristles. You should brush them gently while using horizontal movements. The brush should be held at an angle to your gums. More intensive can be done with a special toothbrush known as a proxabrush. A proxabrush is specially designed to reach the areas that exist around the tips of your dentures. You may need to utilize a dental threader to be able to properly floss your dentures.
Why Should I Choose Implant-Supported Dentures?
Choosing an implant-supported denture ensures that you receive a long-term, comfortable alternative to other kinds of dentures. When you receive this type of denture, you won’t have to worry about your dentures falling out. Implant-supported dentures in Columbia also look more natural in appearance than other kinds of dentures. If you’re ready to take the next steps in achieving the kind of smile that you can be confident in despite your missing teeth, contact our office today to schedule your first appointment.