If you have multiple missing teeth in the same general area of your mouth, an implant-supported denture may be an optimal way for you to restore both form and function to your teeth with results that feel natural. This innovative combination of dental implants and custom dentures can provide a secure teeth replacement option that fits comfortably and reduces some of the drawbacks that are sometimes associated with traditional dentures.
- What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
- Benefits of Implant Dentures
- All-On-4® Implant Dentures
- Implant-Supported Denture Procedure
- Implant Dentures Cost
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures, also referred to as implant-anchored dentures or simply “implant dentures,” are essentially hybrid dental appliances composed of titanium dental implants and a custom-designed denture. Implant dentures can improve upon traditional denture appliances by offering them better stabilization and security. The dental implants are placed in the area of missing teeth, where they should fuse to the jawbone and serve as artificial tooth roots. The custom denture is then affixed to the implants, reducing the potential for slippage and providing a more natural look, feel, and functionality. Implant dentures can be an ideal option for patients who are missing several teeth or all teeth on the upper and/or lower dental arches.
What Are the Benefits of Implant Dentures?
The potential benefits of implant dentures are numerous, allowing individuals to:
- Achieve missing teeth replacement results that look and feel more like original teeth
- Eliminate the need for pastes and adhesives to keep the dentures firmly in place
- Reduce the likelihood of slippage along the gums
- Improve both speaking and chewing
- Eat more of the foods they like
- Reduce the likelihood of bone loss and wear on the gums
Another advantage of implant dentures is that they can often be utilized as an alternative for patients who may have been previously told they are not candidates for full dental implant procedures. One of our experienced dentists will perform a comprehensive oral evaluation and talk with you about your needs and goals during the initial consultation. If you are a good candidate for implant dentures, our doctor will create a customized treatment program designed to provide you with effective, beautiful teeth replacement.
All-On-4® Implant Dentures
In addition to standard types of implant-supported dentures such as partial implant dentures and implant bridges, our practice offers the innovative All-On-4® implant denture. This state-of-the-art treatment can benefit patients who are missing all of their teeth on the upper arch, the lower arch, or both arches for comprehensive teeth replacement. All-On-4® involves the placement of just four dental implants in specific locations along the upper or lower dental arch. A custom denture appliance is then affixed to the implants, mimicking the look, feel, and function of natural teeth. This process allows for complete stabilization of the denture, and can be an ideal alternative for patients who cannot replace each missing tooth with a dental implant.
The All-On-4® procedure is sometimes referred to as “Teeth-In-a-Day.” In some cases, both the implants and a temporary denture can be placed in a single appointment, giving patients the opportunity of fully restoring their teeth in a single day.
For individuals who need a bit of extra support for the denture appliance, All-On-6 offers a variation on the All-On-4® treatment that can provide a solution for these situations. Instead of just four dental implants to secure the denture, six implants will be placed. These two additional implants can ultimately give the denture enhanced durability and security for patients who may have less-than-adequate bone quality in certain areas of the mouth.
Our dentist will examine your oral structures to determine whether All-On-4®, All-On-6, or another type of implant denture is right for your needs.
How Is the Implant-Supported Denture Procedure Performed?
The initial evaluation and planning process for implant dentures are two of the most important stages of the procedure. Once your needs have been evaluated and precise x-rays have been taken, a digital “map” of your oral structures will be created to help our dentist identify the best location for the dental implants. This process may involve the creation of a Digital Smile Design Mockup, which is an advanced way for us to show you what the outcome of treatment may potentially look like before you have the procedure.
During the treatment, the titanium implant posts will be delicately inserted into the gum and anchored to the jawbone, where they should eventually fuse to the bone and actually become a part of your mouth. A temporary denture appliance can often be worn during this period. Once the implants have fused to the jawbone, the permanent custom denture will be securely affixed to the top of the implant posts. This denture is meticulously designed for the best fit, feel, and appearance, and should not slip or move along the gums. Ultimately, your implant dentures should feel and look as though you never lost teeth in the first place!
How Much Do Implant Dentures Cost?
The total cost of implant dentures is different for each individual patient depending on their customized treatment plan. The overall price is based on a number of factors, including:
- The complexity of the procedure
- The type of implant-supported denture treatment being performed
- The number of implants that will be placed
- Whether partial or full denture appliances are necessary
- Any preliminary treatments that may be required (such as periodontal procedures or bone grafting)
Once your treatment program is developed during the initial consultation, a member of our team will calculate a total cost estimate of your implant denture procedure, which will include all associated expenses. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the array of payment methods we accept, and we can also discuss financing options available at our practice. Our office works with CareCredit® and Lending Club, two reputable financing agencies that offer a number of convenient payment plans for qualified applicants looking to pay for their procedure over time. We believe that quality, effective dental care should be available for all those who need it, and we can assist you with finding the best payment option for your budget.
For more information on implant-supported dentures, or to schedule a consultation with our implant dentist, please contact us today.