Implant-Supported Dentures Overview
Complete or partial removable dentures require adhesives or pastes to remain in your mouth, but implant-supported dentures are connected to metal posts in your jawbone so they are stable and secure. This means that the dentures won't slip or move, even when speaking or eating. With more support and security, patients with implant-supported dentures can rest assured that their teeth will stay in place. Implant-supported dentures look great and can be treated just like your natural teeth. At Contemporary Dental Arts, Williston, VT patients can have custom implant dentures that look natural and feel comfortable. Learn more about implant-supported dentures and if they are right for your needs. Schedule an appointment with dentist Dr. Lauren Shanard.
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Best Candidates for Implant-Supported Dentures
You may be a candidate for implant-supported dentures if you're currently using removable dentures or if you need dentures to replace most of your teeth. A big advantage over removable dentures, implant-supported dentures don't require soaking and adhesives. Implant dentures also have fewer food restrictions compared to removable dentures, and they can be cleaned just like your natural teeth. The implant replaces the natural roots of your teeth, so your jawbone and gums are unlikely to become weak. At your appointment, Dr. Shanard will examine the current condition of your mouth to decide if your jawbone and gums are able to hold the implants. If needed, bone and/or gum grafting may be performed to strengthen specific areas before the implants are placed.
What to Expect with Implant-Supported Dentures
Prior to any treatment, Dr. Shanard will complete a thorough exam, including digital imaging to evaluate the condition of your jawbone and gums. If your gums or jawbone are not strong enough to hold the implants, a gum and/or bone graft surgery may be performed. As soon as the grafted area has healed and is sufficiently dense, the implants can be placed.
You will be given local anesthesia to numb your mouth before the procedure. Sedation options can be discussed if the procedure is lengthy or if it helps you feel more comfortable. Dr. Shanard will make surgical incisions in your gums and place implant posts in the holes in the jawbone. For dentures, four or more implants are usually needed for each arch. The incisions will be closed with part of the post showing above the gums. A temporary denture will be used to cover the posts as your mouth heals in 4 – 6 months. The implants will integrate with your gums and jawbone. As soon as Dr. Shanard feels the implants are strong enough, your custom-made dentures can be connected to the posts and fitted.
Implant-Supported Dentures Recovery
Implant-supported dentures should be cleaned like natural teeth with daily brushing, flossing, and mouthwash. You should continue to attend yearly dental cleanings, exams, and follow-up appointments at Contemporary Dental Arts to have the wear and fit of your dentures checked. With the proper care, implant-supported dentures can last several years. Dr. Shanard can help you decide when your implant dentures should be replaced or repaired.
Implant-Supported Dentures Financing
Based on your insurance provider, the expense of implant-supported dentures will most likely be partially covered. Before your surgery, we will talk to your provider to calculate your personal cost. Contemporary Dental Arts takes several methods of payment, and we can help you find low-interest medical financing to make your treatment more affordable.
Implant-supported dentures give you back your smile so you can talk and eat just like you did with your natural teeth. If you want to enjoy confidence in the strength of your dental restoration, contact Contemporary Dental Arts to schedule your appointment. Dr. Shanard will help you get an attractive smile that is strong and natural.