17 Feb What are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures, also sometimes referred to as all-on-4 dentures, change the way patients can experience dentures. Thanks to the dental implant feature, they fit more comfortably and many patients find them more natural-looking compared to traditional dentures. If you are tired of dealing with dentures, implant-supported dentures may be a great option for you. Here’s what you need to know.
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures are dentures that are held into place with the same posts used to attach dental implants. Instead of a single tooth, a row of teeth, or dentures, are attached. This is quite different from traditional dentures, which typically require an adhesive to keep them in place over the gums. With implants, your dentures snap into place over posts attached into your jaw bone and through your gums.
Implant-supported dentures are commonly used for those who need full upper dentures, full lower dentures, or both upper and lower. However, they may be an option if you only need a partial set. These implants can be created to support a partial row of dentures ranging in size from two teeth to five teeth.
How Are Implant-Supported Dentures Placed?
The posts used for implant-supported dentures are placed in the same way that dental implants are placed in the gums. If you’re a good candidate for implants, you may undergo a total of two surgical procedures. During the first operation, your gums are cut back and a post is drilled through your jawbone. Depending on the types of dentures you want, you may have two to six posts placed for either your upper or lower dentures. After this surgery, your gums and jaw bone need to heal. Once you are fully healed, the second surgery takes place.
During the second surgery, your gums are again cut back to expose the top of the posts that were placed. A thin bar is then placed over the posts. This bar later becomes the space that the dentures will sit on top of, so as to not irritate your gums. Molds are taken to create your dentures so that they fit perfectly and look natural. Once healed, your “permanent” dentures will be fitted to your implants.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures typically cost more money than traditional dentures. This often leaves people wondering whether they’re truly worth the additional cost.
One of the major benefits associated with implant-supported dentures is that they adhere firmly in place. Anyone who has dealt with adhesives and traditional dentures can tell you what a pain it is to have the adhesive loosen during the day. Your dentures slip while you talk or eat. The adhesive may wear off at the worst possible time. Implant-supported dentures lock into place, preventing them from slipping.
Another of the big advantages is the comfort of wearing them. Implant-supported dentures do not cause rubbing, blistering or discomfort like their traditional counterparts.
Finally, an added benefit is the way these dentures look, feel and act. Implants look, feel and act more like natural teeth than traditional dentures do. For many people, this increases their self-esteem and improves their appearance. It makes them feel more confident when eating, talking or interacting with others in their daily lives.
If you are in need of dentures or dental implants in Phoenix, Dental Brothers can help you. For many people, implant-supported dentures are the best option, but they are not ideal for everyone. We take a close look at your dental and medical history, listen to your concerns and needs, and pay close attention to your budget to help you select the right implant option for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your dental needs..