Implant-supported dentures are dentures that are secured to dental implants. Traditional dentures are held in place by the gums. But implant-supported dentures use dental implants, which are secured into the jawbone, to anchor the dentures in place. Implant-supported dentures are more secure than traditional dentures. By anchoring the dentures to the jawbone, they prevent the dentures from moving or slipping while eating or speaking.
Implant-supported dentures are also more comfortable than traditional dentures. Since implant-supported dentures are held in place, they do not rub against the gums and irritate them as traditional dentures do.
How are implant-supported dentures placed?
Dental implants are placed during a surgical procedure. The dentist will first administer anesthesia and then make incisions in the gums to expose the jawbone. Then, a small hole is drilled into the bone, and a titanium implant is placed into the socket. The gums are sutured closed around the new implant. Over the course of a few months, the jawbone will heal around the new implant in a process called osseointegration.
We will fabricate customized prosthetic teeth and place them on the implant to replace your missing natural teeth. Once placed, we will take a bite test and ensure your prosthetic teeth are not altering your natural bite and are comfortable in the mouth.
What are the benefits of implant-supported dentures?
An implant-supported denture is a type of tooth replacement that uses dental implants as anchors. The dentures are removable and sit over the implants. This restoration provides several benefits over traditional dentures.
- Your denture won’t slip out of place when you are eating or speaking.
- You can eat whatever foods you want. You don’t need to avoid sticky or hard foods.
- You can speak more confidently since your denture doesn’t slip.
- You can smile confidently, knowing that your denture appears absolutely natural.
How to take care of your implant-supported dentures?
For patients with implants, it is important to maintain proper dental hygiene. This means brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash. If you have trouble flossing, then use a proxy brush, a water flosser, or an interdental cleaner. To avoid damaging the prosthetic, avoid chewing on hard foods. You should also avoid smoking.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Cochise Caring Dentistry, call (520)-458-1989 or schedule an online consultation. You can Visit us at 66 North Garden Ave, Sierra Vista, AZ