With an implant-supported denture, we combine a traditional denture with the strength of dental implants to create a more secure fit and a more natural feel. The process for an implant-supported denture is similar to that of traditional dentures. We will begin with any needed extractions, and we can provide a temporary set of dentures for use until the final version is ready.
We will work closely with a prosthodontist who will place your dental implants, which are made of titanium and secured into your jaw bone. Once the implants are placed, you will need time to heal, so we can ensure the implant posts have properly fused to the bone. This may take anywhere from three to six months. When you have properly healed, we can attach the denture, which snaps onto the implants. Your denture can be removed and reattached easily, with the security of the implants to keep it in place.
Benefits of an implant-supported denture include:
- A more secure fit
- Greater confidence that the dentures will stay in place while eating and talking
- More stability
- Better long-term bone density
Bone Density with Dentures and Implants
One important distinction between traditional dentures and implant-supported dentures is the long-term impact to your jaw bone. With traditional dentures, over time patients will experience bone loss. This is because once the natural teeth are removed, the bone weakens with lack of use. However, with an implant-supported denture, the implants act more like natural teeth, which keep your bones stronger over time.