Implant Supported Prostheses
You may know all about traditional dentures, and how they look, work, and feel, but they are not the only tooth replacement option. Restorative dentistry has created a revolutionary combination of dentures and dental implant technology, which gives you the best of both, so that you can replace a full arch of teeth while protecting your oral health. Century Dental can answer all of your questions about this incredible dental prosthesis.
Understanding Implant Supported Dentures
You probably are already familiar with the basic idea of dentures — full arches of prosthetic teeth that rest on your gums. Implant supported dentures are the same idea, but instead of being supported by your gums, they are affixed to titanium posts in the jaw called dental implants. Dental implants are actually placed within the jawbone itself, integrating with your body over the span of several months. Your dentures attach to these posts to stabilize them, and they are often easily removable for cleaning and other maintenance.
How Can Implant Supported Dentures Help You?
Implant supported dentures can help you restore the use of your teeth, making it easier to talk, eat, and smile with confidence. Implant supported dentures can also be a life-changing upgrade if you have been wearing dentures for years. Compared to traditional dentures, the implant supported variety are far more versatile, natural, and freeing. By replacing the tooth root, you will be able to feel feedback when chewing, just like with your natural teeth. Implant stability is far superior to the gum seal formed by dentures, which is often subpar and can result in the shifting and sliding of dentures in the mouth. Dentures can even take a toll on your health. Whereas dentures can wear away at your gums and even the bone beneath, implants promote bone health by simulating a natural tooth root.
What to Expect When Getting Implant Supported Dentures
When getting implant supported dentures, you can expect a somewhat lengthy process, though relatively little downtime. Before being able to get the dental implants themselves, you may need to receive a bone graft or oral hygiene maintenance to ensure that you are a strong candidate for implants. In the case of bone grafting, this might mean waiting several months for new bone to grow before undergoing the actual implant procedure. The procedure itself can usually be performed in a single sitting at our office. It is the recovery period that takes longer, as your implants have to integrate with your jawbone, a process known as osseointegration, and it can take several months. We use this time to carefully fabricate your custom-fitted dentures, which we will place when making the final adjustments to your dental implants and dentures.
Support Your Oral Health Today!
Implant supported dentures are the best way to get all of the advantages of traditional dentures plus the benefits of dental implant technology. If you are interested in how this incredible dental prosthesis can help you, call Century Dental at (971) 708-1608 to chat with one of our dentists. We are here to help you understand the benefits of implant supported dentures and what it takes to get them.