Are you tired of dealing with ill-fitting dentures that slip and slide? If so, you might be interested in learning more about implant-supported dentures! At our Elk Grove, CA practice, we specialize in helping patients get the best fit and function with dentures supported by implants. Read on to learn more about this incredible restorative option!
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures are a type of denture that is held in place with the support of dental implants. While the denture itself is still removable, the implants provide an extra level of stability that prevents the prosthesis from slipping, sliding, or moving when you talk and eat. Instead, the denture snaps securely into position and can easily be removed for cleaning and maintenance. This can give patients a more confident smile and an improved quality of life!
Benefits Of Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures offer a variety of benefits, including:
- Improved stability: Implant-supported dentures are much more stable than traditional dentures and won’t move when you talk or eat.
- Improved chewing ability: Implant-supported dentures help improve chewing ability, so you can access a wider range of foods.
- Bone preservation: Implants help to preserve the jawbone structure, which can prevent facial collapse or sagging skin. As a result, this can improve your facial aesthetics and health.
- Long-lasting: Implant-supported dentures can last for many years with proper care and maintenance. While the implants themselves are designed to last a lifetime, the denture appliance may require adjustments or modifications over time.
- Better overall fit: Implant-supported dentures are custom designed to fit your mouth precisely, providing the best fit and function possible.
In addition to the above benefits, the utilization of implants to secure a denture completely eliminates the need for adhesives, taking the mess out of denture maintenance.
Preparation & Procedure For Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures involve placing and securing dental implants into the jawbone to form a stable base for the denture. This quick, innovative process can truly make all the difference in how your denture fits and functions—drastically expanding the abilities of the denture while also providing unmatched comfort and security.
The procedure involves surgically placing between four and six implants into the jawbone across the dental arch. These implants act as a secure anchor for the denture, which can then be adhered to the implants and adjusted for comfort and fit.
At Fountain Plaza Family Dental, Wallace J. Bellamy, DMD our practice can design quality, custom denture appliances or modify existing ones to fit the implant connector components. Our team can also provide helpful guidance and advice on how to care for your denture appliance and implants, ensuring your ongoing comfort and satisfaction.
Caring For Your Implants & Dentures
Implant-supported dentures require the same general care as traditional dentures, with a few key exceptions.
- First and foremost, care must be taken to maintain oral hygiene around the implant sites in order to avoid infection and prevent gum disease or other issues that can cause implant failure.
- The denture appliance itself should be removed and cleaned daily by brushing with a soft-bristled brush and denture cleaner to remove any debris or build-up. For added protection, the denture should be stored in a solution designed specifically for dentures.
- Finally, regular dental checkups and cleanings are essential to the long-term success of implant-supported dentures.
Are you ready to take the next step towards a more secure and confident smile with implant-supported dentures? Contact us today to learn more and schedule a consultation with Dr. Wallace Bellamy! We look forward to helping you on your journey toward a better life with a secure and comfortable smile. Call today!