There are multiple advantages to seeking implant supported dentures as a restorative option for missing teeth. For example, implant supported dentures are perfect for patients who may have most or all of their upper and/or lower teeth missing, but still have enough bone structure to hold an implant denture in place.
Dr. Anatoliy Ravin routinely suggests implant supported dentures as a solution for missing teeth to support a beautiful smile that will last for years to come.
Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures
Aside from the feelings of frustration and embarrassment that missing teeth can cause, there are also potentially problematic issues that can occur affecting the functionality and health of your teeth, gums and jaw. Missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to overcompensate, wearing down the existing teeth and creating misalignment of the jaw. Dental implants can help alleviate both the emotional, physical and physiological discomfort resulting from missing teeth.
Implant supported dentures are a favorable restorative dental pathway for many patients for several reasons, including that they:
- Can be easily removed to clean
- Allow an individual to eat and drink with flexibility
- Have a natural appearance resembling the look and feel of a real tooth
- Won’t inhibit normal speaking patterns
- Are often more affordable than fixed implants/bridges
The other advantage of implant supported dentures is that they are durable and strong. Also called overdentures, implant supported dentures affix or “snap” on and off of denture implants. Unlike full, traditional dentures that may inhibit the way you chew and talk, recipients of implant supported dentures don’t typically experience these difficulties.
Many people wonder what implant supported dentures are made of. The frame, gum tissue and teeth are typically made of acrylic. In other instances, gum tissues and teeth may also be constructed from composite resin.
What’s Involved in the Implant Supported Dentures Process?
For new wearers of implant supported dentures, the process may take a few visits. At Hospital Dental Group, we always strive to make any dental process as swift as possible, without compromising the integrity of the product or patient satisfaction. The first step is a consultation to ensure that implant supported dentures are the best option for you. Once Dr. Ravin confirms that overdentures are a viable solution, an appointment to place the dental implants will be made.
It typically takes around 12 weeks for dental implants to fully heal before your overdenture can be placed. Dr. Ravin will make a full scan of your mouth prior to the construction of the overdenture to ensure maximum comfort.
In addition to helping place your implant supported dentures once they’ve been made, Dr. Ravin may also suggest placing crowns on your existing teeth (if applicable). It’s important to allow yourself a period of adjustment to get acclimated with the feel and use of your new implant supported dentures. A follow-up visit with us will help make sure that your overdenture fits properly and comfortably.
If you’d like to learn more about implant restorative dentistry or are ready to schedule a visit with us, one of our Hospital Dental Group experts is ready to speak with you. Contact us at 860-524-5194.