Implant-supported dentures are one of the best options for replacing teeth. While we typically recommend the all-on-4 dental implants where available, implant supported dentures provide many benefits associated with implants while reducing the cost closer to that of dentures.

Dentures are usually the most affordable way to replace missing teeth, especially when most, if not all of the patients teeth are missing. However, there are a lot of disadvantages of traditional dentures.

Implant Supported Dentures

Disadvantages of Traditional Dentures

  • Dentures shift often
  • Known for causing mouth sores
  • Usually require dental adhesives
  • Eating tough and sticky foods can be a problem
  • Trouble speaking clearly
  • Dentures can always fall out
  • Maintenance and daily cleaning

With all these disadvantages, there’s a reason people are more willing to use more effective methods such as implant-supported dentures to replace their missing teeth. Implants however, come with many advantages.

Advantages of Dental Implants

  • No adjustment period necessary
  • Cleaning is the same as with real teeth
  • Implants can last a lifetime
  • Act like normal teeth
  • Chewing tough foods cause no extra problems
  • Requires less tissue loss
  • Look and feel natural
  • Helps prevent bone loss and supports healthy gum tissue

Fortunately, we can offer a cost-effective method that benefits from dental implants.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Combining dental implants with dentures, we arrive at implant-supported dentures. These function by surgically attaching four to six implants with titanium screws into the patients jawbone. Then they are allowed to fuse to the jawbone for a time of about 6 months. This is call osseointegration.

After the period of osseointegration, the implants are able to support a custom set of dentures. These dentures, once inserted cannot be removed except by a dentist. This offers quite a few benefits for the dentures from the implants, such as:

  • It helps to prevent bone tissue loss since the implants are stimulating the patient’s gums
  • It feels and looks natural in the patient’s mouth
  • There is no adjustment period with these prosthetics
  • Taking care of this type of dentures is no different from taking care of real teeth
  • The patient can go back to enjoying his/her favorite foods

Unfortunately, not everyone qualifies for dentures supported by implants. Before installation, Dr. Tyson Pickett, DDS FAGD will verify that the patient has enough healthy jawbone tissue for the procedure. Bone grafting or artificial bone tissue is sometimes used when the patient does not have the adequate bone tissue.

Do you want to know if you qualify for implant-supported dentures? Schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today!