Implant Supported Dentures
If you have suffered from wide-spread tooth decay or loss, you may want to find out if dentures are right for you. Through technological advances, dentures are now supported by implants and are not the typical dentures that people think of as slipping or uncomfortable.
You may be a great candidate for implant-supported dentures. Our team at Bruce Gopin, DDS, MS offers implant-supported dentures as one of our many great restorative treatment options. Our goal is to provide you with the treatment plan that is best for you.
What Are Implant Supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures are considered the middle ground between full dental implants and traditional dentures. Traditional dentures do not require surgery and are made using a mold of your mouth. They are removable and can easily be cleaned. However, they do not provide as good of bite strength and do not look as natural as implants.
Dental implants involve the installation of multiple titanium posts into your jawbone. Generally, each tooth being replaced with dental implants has its own individual post. While this makes dental implants very durable, the sheer number of implants places more stress on your jawbone and can prolong the recovery time.
Receiving implant-supported dentures involves the installation of several titanium posts into your jawbone. Unlike regular dental implants, implant-supported dentures will generally only have one or two posts per quadrant of your mouth. These posts will be slightly larger than regular implant posts because each post is supporting more weight.
The benefit of this type of procedure is a shortened recovery time and less strain on your jawbone. Because only a few posts are being installed, the tissue of your gums does not suffer as much damage. The reduced amount of trauma can shorten healing time by several months in many cases.
The reduced number of posts used in implant-supported dentures also reduces your chance of needing a bone graft. This is because your jawbone will not be as severely impacted by the fewer number of titanium posts being installed. Avoiding a bone graft will substantially reduce the amount of time needed to complete the replacement of your smile.
How Long Do Implant Supported Dentures Last?
Implant-supported dentures have a lifespan similar to that of dental implants. As with the regular implants, the titanium posts will never need to be replaced and will last the rest of your life. According to Healthline, the dentures will last approximately ten years as long as they are properly cared for.
Good oral hygiene habits and regular dental exams will maximize the life of your implant-supported dentures. It is also important that you avoid potentially damaging food. Food that is sticky or extremely hard can potentially damage your dentures and lead to expensive and time-consuming repairs.
When considering a restorative procedure that will replace your entire smile, it is important that you consider all options available to you so that you can pick the procedure that is right for you. Here at Bruce Gopin, DDS, MS, we strive to provide you with the very best restorative options available, including implant-supported dentures. If you think that implant-supported dentures may be right for you, you can call our office at 915-213-3455 and schedule your appointment today.