Traditional dentures are the go-to solution for replacing missing teeth in large numbers, but did you know that now you can enjoy an updated version of traditional dentures without any downsides?
With implant-supported dentures, you can speak and chew without having to make any modifications to your diet. Unlike traditional dentures, these dentures are anchored into the jawbone, allowing for a more natural look and feel.
Below, we asked Dr. Charley Cheney, our specialist at Complete Dental Arts, to explain how dentures supported by implants are a superior tooth replacement system and who can benefit from them.
Understanding implant-supported dentures
Implant-supported dentures are a good option if you’re missing most or all of your teeth. Instead of resting on top of your gums or covering the roof of your mouth, dental-imported dentures are kept in place by a few strategic implants that offer more stability for eating and speaking.
Before the implants are put in place, our providers may have to extract any decayed teeth and allow a healing time of a couple of months. After the dental implants are installed, you may also need to wait a minimum of three months for your jaw bone to fuse with the implants, after which you’ll be ready for your customized dentures.
Unique benefits of implant-supported dentures
Implant-supported dentures may take longer to put in place, but they come with some undeniable benefits, including the following:
- Prevent further bone loss in the gums
- Prevent facial shape from changing
- Enable patients to eat a diet with no restrictions
- Feel and function just like natural teeth
Also, although implant-supported dentures may seem like a bigger investment at first glance, they may actually save you money in the long term, because they last longer and function better than traditional dentures.
Who’s a good candidate for implant-supported dentures?
Good candidates for implant-supported dentures don’t suffer from gum disease, as you’ll need a healthy jawbone to support the implants.
If you do suffer from gum disease, you may have the option to undergo a dental bone graft. This is a common procedure in which a bone graft is placed where the bone is weakened, encouraging the body to create more bone in that area.
If you need to replace missing teeth, contact us to schedule an appointment at our office in Newnan, Georgia. Our specialists will perform an examination and inform you of what the procedure entails, the costs involved, and whether or not it’s the best solution for your needs.