A Long-Term Alternative to Dentures
For many patients who suffer from tooth loss in an entire arch, removable dentures provide an adequate solution to help restore function and aesthetics back to their smile. Traditional dentures, however, often slip and can fall out, making it difficult to bite or chew certain foods, and come with messy adhesives. Dr. Steven Garhardt offers a more stable and permanent solution to dentures with the help of modern dental implants. With the additional stability and health benefits of dental implants, implant supported dentures are a viable long-term solution if you have multiple or a full arch of missing teeth.
The Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures are most noted for the added support they give to dentures, but they also provide significant health benefits as well. Two or more dental implants are placed into the jaw bone, allowing the titanium post to begin fusing with the existing bone, acting much like a natural tooth root. Once integrated fully, dental implants prevent both further jaw bone loss and provide a stable base for a denture to attach. Implant supported dentures do not rest on the gums, but “snap” firmly to the dental implants with either a bar or stud attachment. They are very stable when in place, but are removed at night for cleaning purposes. Implant supported dentures do require that a patient has enough bone volume in the jaw to support dental implants. We may recommend bone grafting if you are lacking sufficient bone volume.
Implant Supported Dentures Vs. Traditional Dentures
Patients who choose implant supported dentures typically enjoy an increase in their quality of life, including benefits like:
- Improved self-confidence
- Increased stability and support
- Highly aesthetic appearance
- Allows wearers to bite and chew most foods
- Improved facial shape
- Long-term option, with proper care
- Improved speech
- Healthy jaw bone stimulation
- Improved oral health
Restore Confidence in Your Smile
Investing in implant supported dentures can provide lifelong benefits, but is a decision we encourage you to make after we have discussed your final smile goals and all aspects of the treatment process. For your safety and comfort, our office is fully equipped with dental technology like the cone beam CT scan for accurate dental implant placement. We strive to help you feel comfortable and confident in all the treatments you undergo with us, and Dr. Garhardt is passionate about helping you improve your oral health and restore confidence in your smile with help from implant supported dentures.