Implant-Supported Dentures Overview
Partial or complete removable dentures need pastes and adhesives to stay put in your mouth, but implanted dentures are connected to metal posts in your jawbone so they are stable and secure. This means that the dentures won't slip, even when you are speaking or eating. With more support and security, patients with implanted dentures can rest assured that their teeth will stay in their mouth. Implant dentures look beautiful and can be cleaned just like your natural teeth. At our Arlington Heights, IL practice, patients can receive implant-supported dentures that feel comfortable and look natural. Get more information on implant dentures and if they are the right choice for your needs by scheduling an appointment at Springer/Orser Dentistry.
Best Candidates for Implant-Supported Dentures
You may want implant 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, implanted dentures don't require soaking and adhesives. Implant-supported dentures have fewer restrictions on want you can eat and drink compared to removable dentures, and implant dentures can be brushed just like your natural teeth. The dental implant simulates the natural roots of your teeth, so your jawbone and gums are unlikely to become weak. At your appointment, we will examine the health of your mouth to decide if your jawbone and gums are able to bond with the dental implants. If needed, bone and/or gum grafts may be performed to strengthen specific areas before implant surgery.
What to Expect with Implant-Supported Dentures
Before treatment, our team will complete a dental exam with digital imaging to better understand the strength of your jawbone and gums. If your gums or jawbone are not strong enough to securely hold the dental implants, a gum and/or bone graft surgery may be needed. As soon as the grafted area is fully healed, your implant surgery can be scheduled.
Your mouth will be numbed with local anesthesia before the procedure. Sedation options can be discussed if the process will be lengthy or if you need it to feel comfortable. Surgical incisions with be made in your gums and posts will be inserted into the holes in the jawbone. For dentures, at least four implants are needed for each arch. The incisions in the gums will be sutured with some of the implant visible above the gums. The posts will be covered with a temporary denture as your mouth heals in 4 – 6 months . The implants will integrate with your gums and jaw. As soon as the posts are secure, your custom-made dentures can be connected to the implants and fitted.
Implant-Supported Dentures Recovery
Implanted dentures should be cleaned with daily brushing and flossing. You should schedule yearly exams and cleanings at Springer/Orser Dentistry to have the wear and fit of your dentures and implants evaluated. If you properly care for them, implanted dentures can last several years. We can help you decide when your dentures or implants should be replaced or repaired.
Implant-Supported Dentures Insurance Coverage
Based on your dental insurance policy, the expense of implants and custom dentures will usually be partially covered. Before your surgery, a member of our team will talk to your insurance provider to determine your coverage and personal cost. Springer/Orser Dentistry accepts several methods of payment, and we can provide you information on low-interest medical financing so your procedure is easier to afford.
Plan Your Procedure
Implant dentures give you back your smile and allow you to talk and eat without trouble. To enjoy confidence in the strength of your dentures, contact Springer/Orser Dentistry to make your appointment. We will help you get an attractive smile that is natural and stable.