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Implant supported dentures are often recommended by cosmetic dentists when a patient has lost most of their real teeth. It provides an affordable and comfortable way for such patients to enjoy the benefits that come with implants without having to replace all their missing teeth with implants.

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Implant supported dentures provide many important advantages over traditional dentures:

The oral prosthetic is firmly held in place thanks to the implants. This prevents it from shifting and moving about when worn. That is a huge contrast from conventional dentures that tend to move around when worn, even when dental adhesives are used.

There is no risk of implant supported dentures falling out. This helps avoid embarrassing moments and improves the patient's confidence.

Implant supported dentures help prevent the bone tissue loss that occurs when a person has missing teeth. This preserves the patient's facial structures.

Special types of implant supported dentures like All-on-4© are permanently held in place. This means the patient gets a permanent solution for their missing teeth. To make things even better, permanently fixed implant supported dentures do not require any special cleaning like their more conventional counterparts.

The types of implant supported dentures installed by cosmetic dentists

Let us take a look at common types of implant supported dentures:

1. Removable implant supported dentures

These types of dentures snap into place onto attachments placed on implants in the patient's mouth. The two popular types of removable implant supported dentures are bar and ball retained. Patients who get bar-retained dentures get four to six implants inserted into their jaw. A metal bar is connected to all the implants, and the patient's dentures snap unto the bar using attachments.

For ball-retained dentures, patients get special implants with a ball attachment on the external-facing end. The patient's dentures come with sockets that connect with the balls on the implants to securely hold the prosthetic in place. This is the more popular type of removable implant supported dentures.

2. Permanently fixed implant supported dentures

Permanently fixed denture sets like All-on-4© allow patients to ditch many of the hassles that come with traditional dentures. It involves installing four to six implants on the patient's jaw and permanently attaching a set of special dentures to the implant. From then on, the prosthetic stays in place just like a crown attached to an implant.

That means the patient no longer has to worry about the hassle that comes with wearing traditional dentures. They get to enjoy all their favorite meals without having to deal with any form of specialized cleaning. The patient also gets a fully restored smile that looks and feels natural in their mouth. It would not be a stretch to say that permanently fixed dentures are arguably the best option for anyone who has lost most of their real teeth. It is the closest they can get to how life was before they lost most of their teeth.

Who is eligible for implant supported dentures?

The installation of implants requires oral surgery. Generally speaking, good candidates for the procedure should:

  • Have good overall and dental health
  • Have no chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease
  • Have adequate jawbone tissue to hold multiple implants
  • Be willing to stop using tobacco products leading to the treatment and during the recovery period
  • Patients who do not have the bone tissue needed to hold implant supported dentures in place might have to get bone grafts to boost their jawbone density.

    Preparing for implant surgery

    The installation of implants requires minor surgery. Patients can make the process go smoother by taking simple steps in anticipation of the big day. This includes:

    Patients should not eat anything on the day of the surgery. Any prescribed medication should be taken with a little bit of water.

    Patients should prepare meals to eat during recovery. Getting adequate amounts of rest right after implant installation helps speed up the recovery process so patients should prepare meals for this period in advance. That way, they do not have to exert themselves shopping for groceries or cooking when recovering.

    Patients arrange for transportation back home. While it is not always necessary depending on the type of anesthetic used, most dentists recommend making arrangements for transportation back home.

    How implant supported dentures are installed

    The process starts with a consultation with the dentist. Many patients come in after giving traditional dentures a try and realizing that it is not the best option for them. The cosmetic dentist will go over the patient's medical and dental history and perform diagnostic tests like X-rays to determine if the patient is a good candidate for implants.

    Once the patient is cleared, a date is set for the surgical installation of the implants. Anesthetics are administered at the start of the procedure to numb sensation around the area being worked on. The dentist will then drill four to six holes into spots that have the highest bone density in the patient's jaw. An incision might be made so the dentist can access the patient's jaw. Implants are then pushed into these holes until they are firmly held in place. Any incision made is stitched up to complete the first part of the treatment.

    The patient will be given three to six months for the implants to fuse with the surrounding bone tissue holding them in place through a process known as osseointegration. Once that process is complete, dentures are attached to the implant.

    Life after getting implant supported dentures

    Patients might experience soreness and discomfort after getting their implant installed, but that should subside within a few days. Dentists recommend sticking to liquid foods for the first few days after the procedure. The patient can then switch to semi-solid foods until the implants have fused with the bone tissue holding them in place.

    Patients can gradually work their way back up to enjoying all their favorite foods once their implants are fitted with dentures.

    Ready for a better smile?

    Our cosmetic dentist can help you create a set of implant supported dentures that look better than the real teeth you once had. Stop by to learn how implant supported dentures can be used to give you an amazing smile.

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    ART Dentistry is located at
    2700 Coltsgate Rd #100
    Charlotte, NC

    (704) 405-1523