Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures, or “anchored dentures,” are an innovative dental system that can offer a much more comfortable and stable alternative to traditional dentures. Using a series of carefully positioned dental implants, these dental restorations can lock into place for a secure fit that virtually erases the chance of slippage along the gums. Many of our patients choose implant supported dentures as an “upgrade” after living with the inconveniences commonly associated with traditional dentures. With implant supported dentures, patients have been able to eat and speak with greater ease than before, ultimately improving their overall quality of life.
What Are the Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures?
While traditional dentures can be of great benefit for many patients, they may entail numerous problems or concerns for others, including messy pastes or adhesives, movement along the gums (“slippage”), gum irritation, food restrictions, difficulty eating or speaking, changes in speech when a denture begins to slip, and fear or embarrassment of the dentures falling out. Implant supported dentures offer a missing teeth replacement option that can address these concerns and provide many advantages, such as:
- No required adhesives or pastes
- A more natural look and feel
- Secure fit with no fear of slippage
- Increased comfort on the gums
- Ability to eat, drink, and speak with ease
- Decreased likelihood of bone atrophy
In addition, implant supported dentures can be brushed just like normal teeth, greatly simplifying oral health care.
Am I A Good Candidate for Implant Supported Dentures?
Candidates for implant supported dentures are typically missing all, or nearly all, of the teeth on at least one arch of the mouth. The implant supported denture procedure can be used to replace the teeth of the upper arch, the lower arch, or both arches simultaneously for a full mouth restoration. Ideal candidates for implant supported dentures will have good jawbone density to support the titanium implants. The best way to determine your candidacy for implant supported dentures is to schedule a consultation with our experienced dentist, who will perform an oral exam, discuss your goals and expectations, and determine if implant supported dentures are suited for your unique needs.
Types of Implant Supported Dentures
Once you are considered a good candidate for implant supported dentures, a customized treatment plan will be developed. Although the outcome and advantages of these customized treatments are similar, there are a number of different techniques that can be employed in order to achieve these results.
In cases where individuals are missing all of their upper and/or lower teeth, All-on-4® may be the best option. The All-on-4® technique is a method of anchoring the dentures to the gums using just four implants for each arch of missing teeth. Using two implants on either side of the mouth and two additional implants that are angled toward the back of the mouth, the restoration can be securely held in place. These unique, angled posterior implants often allow patients to receive implant supported dentures who might otherwise require bone grafting prior to their procedure. In some cases, six implant posts may be used instead of the typical four. This method is often referred to as All-on-6.
If you have specific areas in the mouth that are missing multiple teeth but not all teeth, All-on-4® may not be necessary. In these instances, an implant denture can be created to serve the affected region. Our dentist will talk with you about your options during your initial consultation.
To learn more about implant supported dentures, or to schedule a consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists, please contact our office today.