Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures or snap-in dentures are an option for those who have lost most or all of their teeth and need to replace them. They are something of a halfway point between traditional dentures and dental implants and have benefits of both. Bay Lakes Center for Complex Dentistry has a number of patients who have implant supported dentures, and we can help you determine if they are the right option for you. It can help to learn about this option before you come in so you have an idea of what implant supported dentures are.
How Do Implant Supported Dentures Work?
Traditional dentures are removable plates with replacement teeth attached to them. You use a special dental adhesive to hold these plates in place, but you remove them at night to clean them. Implants, on the other hand, are permanently attached to your mouth by titanium posts placed in your jawbone.
Implant supported dentures are similar to implants in that you will have several of these posts placed in your jaw. However, instead of having crowns attached to them, these posts are there to hold your dentures in place. In some cases, this denture may actually be permanently attached to the posts. In other cases, you may be able to remove it to clean it. It depends on your unique oral health and several other factors.
What Is the Process to Get Implant Supported Dentures?
The procedure for getting implant supported dentures is similar to that of getting full implants. We will first determine if your jawbone is strong enough to support the implants. If it is not, we will need to do bone grafting to build it up. Once that is done and healed, we will place the implants. It can take several months or more for these implants to properly fuse to the jawbone. After they do, we can place the dentures. In some cases, we may place implants that have extensions for the dentures to connect to. In other instances, we may need to place the implants and cover them with temporary caps. We will need to uncover these caps before we can place the dentures.
What Are the Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures?
There are several reasons why you may want to consider implant supported dentures over other options. Unlike traditional dentures, you can eat a wide range of foods, including foods that are sticky or hard. These foods can cause trouble with traditional dentures by pulling them out of place, but that is not a concern with implant supported ones. Unlike implants, though, these dentures can be removed for cleaning.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Implant Supported Dentures?
If you are missing most or all of your teeth, you may be a good candidate for implant supported dentures. However, you do need to be in good oral health. If you are battling periodontal disease, for example, you will need to work with us to get it under control before we can discuss implant supported dentures. If you would like to learn more, read our implants vs dentures and bridges page and call Bay Lakes Center for Complex Dentistry at (906) 212-4725 today to make an appointment.