Many of our patients at OC Lifesmiles seek an alternative to traditional dentures. Implant supported dentures offer a method of tooth replacement that does not involve the inconveniences of messy dental adhesives or uncomfortable slipping. With the support of dental implants, dentures can allow you to speak and chew with greater ease. Using this advanced restorative dentistry technique, Dr. John Cross can provide you with more comfortable and stable dentures while giving you a smile that both looks and feels natural.
What Are Implant Supported Dentures?
Implant supported dentures utilize strategically placed dental implants along the gum line to anchor each denture in place. Compared to traditional dentures, this innovative missing tooth solution has many unique advantages. The dental implants themselves are made of titanium and fuse to the jawbone, providing exceptional stability. The denture then attaches to these dental implants, eliminating the need for messy adhesives or pastes as well as the fear of “slippage.” The dentures are custom-made for a comfortable fit and a beautiful, natural-looking appearance.
What Are the Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures?
If you have missing teeth but desire a stronger and more stable form of tooth replacement, implant supported dentures may be the solution you seek. In addition to the cosmetic benefits of having your teeth restored, implant supported dentures can offer benefits including:
- Durable dentures that dramatically minimize slippage and movement
- Reduced bone loss compared to traditional alternatives
- Easy maintenance
- Elimination of adhesives and pastes
- Improved speech
- No food restrictions
- Increased comfort while eating and speaking
Am I a Good Candidate for Implant Supported Dentures?
Dr. Cross will perform a comprehensive oral examination to determine your candidacy for implant supported dentures. Ideal candidates will have sufficient jawbone density to support the dental implants. Those who are not eligible for a full set of single tooth dental implants often choose implant dentures as an alternative, since the solution can still provide many of the same benefits. Conversely, patients with poor jawbone quality may not be candidates for implant dentures. Dr. Cross will help you determine which method of tooth replacement can best achieve your goals.
What Are the Different Types of Implant Dentures?
An implant supported denture refers to any denture that is secured on the gums with dental implants. There are several types of implant dentures that can be used depending upon the needs of the patient. Jawbone density and whether one or both arches require replacement will factor into which type of implant supported denture is best for you. Types of implant dentures include:
All-on-4® is a specific implant denture technique that uses a system of four dental implants per arch to secure the denture. Two implants are placed toward the front of the mouth and two additional implants are placed toward the rear of the mouth and angled posteriorly. This unique configuration optimizes support with the fewest number of implants.
The All-on-6 technique is a modified version of All-on-4® that uses six dental implants per arch rather than four. In many cases, patients who choose All-on-6 have lower jawbone density, and the extra dental implants can provide additional support for their restoration.
Full Mouth Restoration
A full mouth restoration is designed for patients who require both arches of teeth to be replaced simultaneously. Depending upon the jawbone density, approximately four to six dental implants may be placed in the upper gums and an additional four or six implants in the lower gums.
What Can I Expect During the Implant Supported Dentures Procedure?
Implant supported dentures are considered a minimally invasive procedure. First, Dr. Cross will place the titanium posts of the dental implants through the gum tissue. These posts are used to set the denture securely into place; however, it will take some time for these implants to fuse to the jawbone. During this time, a temporary restoration may be worn. Once the fusion is complete, the custom permanent dentures will be placed on top of the posts, offering you a more comfortable fit and a reduced chance of movement or slippage along the gums. Dr. Cross or a knowledgeable member of our staff will provide you with detailed instructions for maximizing the lifespan of your implant supported dentures and maintaining your new and natural-looking smile.
How Much Do Implant Supported Dentures Cost?
Since every implant supported dentures procedure is customized for the patient, the price will vary from case to case. Most patients find that the cost of implant supported dentures is substantially less than a full set of single tooth implants. Some patients may choose implant supported dentures as a cost-effective alternative that can still provide many of the same benefits as single tooth dental implants.
Variables that may influence the final price of the implant supported dentures procedure can include:
- Number of implants
- Type of implant supported dentures
- The complexity of the procedure
- Laboratory costs to manufacture the restoration
- Materials used for the denture
- Skill and experience of the dentist
- Geographic location of the practice
At the end of your initial consultation, Dr. Cross can provide you with an accurate quote for the total price of your procedure. At OC Lifesmiles, we offer a number of flexible dental financing options that can help qualified applicants obtain low to no interest loans with low monthly payments. If you are interested in learning more about these financing options and how they may work with your budget, please contact a member of our staff today.
If you would like to learn more about implant supported dentures, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cross, please contact OC Lifesmiles today.