Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf
3500 Old Washington Road, Suite 301, Waldorf, MD 20602
If you are one of the many people in America who has experienced extensive tooth loss due to age, gum disease, injury or some other reason, you may want to look into receiving an implant-supported denture. This specific type of denture is a permanent prosthetic device that provides more stability than traditional dentures can offer, meaning you won’t have to be concerned about your dentures slipping out of place or falling out.
This kind of denture is attached to dental implants that provide support and stability to the denture in a way that traditional dentures can’t. Since traditional dentures simply rest on the gums, they are prone to slipping or falling out of place. Implant-supported dentures solve this embarrassing problem by firmly attaching the dentures into place via dental implants. If you don’t have any teeth left in your jaw and still have plenty of bone structure left, then you are most likely a good candidate for implant dentures. You must have enough bone structure to support two or more implants in your jaw. This type of denture is utilized for both upper and lower jaws, but is most commonly used for the lower jaw.
The way your implant dentures will function depends on the exact type of dentures that you choose. The two types of dentures you can choose from are bar-retained dentures and ball-retained dentures. Bar-retained dentures work by using a curved metal bar that offers support to the implants. The dentures are snapped into place with attachments. Ball-retained dentures work by using implants that have ball-shaped attachments on them. These attachments fit within the sockets that are on the denture. While these dentures function in different ways, they are both made out of similar materials. Both utilize an acrylic base for the gums and porcelain or acrylic for the teeth.
The procedure to receive your implant-supported dentures will consist of two surgeries. The first surgery will be when the implants are put into the jawbone or just under the gum line. After a period of three to six months, the implant will be fused with the jawbone and you will be ready to come in for your second surgery. This surgery will be when the tops of the implants are exposed so that your dentures can be attached to them. Occasionally, your implants and their supporting mechanisms can be put in during one visit. Your dentist will determine which procedure and which type of dentures are the best option for you.
The cost of denture implants can vary significantly from person to person. Your bill is determined by your how many implants and follow-up visits are needed. The type of attachments utilized and your dental insurance will also play a part in determining your final charges. Our office wants to help you find a way to afford your dentures. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you with affordable, quality implant-supported dentures.
There are a plethora of benefits associated with having implant-supported dentures in Waldorf. The primary benefits that our patients report are comfort and reliability. When you choose to have an implant-supported denture, you know that you will not have to worry about your dentures falling out. You can eat and speak with ease and confidence. To learn more about the benefits you can experience with these dentures, call our office. Our staff is ready to give you all the information you need to make an informed choice about your dental health.
By taking proper care of your implant-supported dentures you will ensure that they will last for years to come. Our dentists recommend that you clean your dentures and any connecting abutments in the morning and at night. This keeps bacteria from growing in your mouth. You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush held at an angle to the gum. Gentle horizontal brushing movements should be utilized. In addition to brushing, you may be interested in using a proxabrush for a more intensive cleaning of your denture. This brush can reach areas that your regular toothbrush can’t. To properly floss your dentures you may need to use a device known as a dental threader.
If you’re looking for a permanent, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing solution to your missing teeth, affordable, quality implant-supported dentures are the right choice for you. Don’t delay in picking up the phone to schedule a consultation. We’re ready to help you regain your confident smile.