By: Sami Kawas, General Dentist Limiting Practice to Oral Surgery
Implant-supported dentures are a great service for patients. Implant-supported dentures are the middle ground between the conventional denture that uses adhesive and the more expensive advanced full-arch dental implants.
Implant-supported dentures are a great option for individuals who are seeking an affordable option to significantly improve their ability to chew and smile. The support of the implant allows the dental fixture to be shaped into a horseshoe, reducing the bulkiness and opening the palate to create more space for the tongue and better ability to taste food. Implant-supported dentures are sturdier and do not require adhesive.
The individual can improve their diet by including fruits, veggies, steaks, corn on the cob, and other foods one would typically have to avoid with traditional dentures. Also, implant-supported dentures significantly improve patients’ confidence to smile and speak.
This type of dentures is removable, and you’ll be able to snap it on and off as many times as needed. This means that cleaning and maintaining the denture is just as easy as a traditional denture.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
- They are an affordable option for significant improvement in the ability to chew and smile
- Implant-supported dentures are sturdy and don’t need adhesive
- They function more like natural teeth
- The denture is removable, making it easy to clean
- This option preserves gum tissue and bone
What is the Process for Placing Implant-Supported Dentures?
Essentially, the existing denture becomes the interim denture after the implant surgery. Four months later, the patient gets a new denture that snaps-on to their implants. The process is simple and includes a series of appointments with your dentist.
Your first appointment will be a consultation to further discuss what the process and care plan will look like when individualized to you. With your dentist, you will discuss the full procedure and other pertinent details to consider when deciding if implant-supported dentures are right for you.
Your dentist will be able to show you models and answer any outstanding questions you may have about implant-supported dentures.
If you think you may be a candidate for implant-supported dentures, reach out to a clinic near you to schedule a consultation.