Enhancing Dental Comfort with Implant-Supported Dentures

For those facing the challenge of missing teeth, traditional dentures have long been a viable solution. However, advancements in dental technology have introduced a more stable and comfortable alternative: implant-supported dentures. This innovative treatment offered by Dr. Liz White at Polished Dental Care, combines the benefits of dental implants with the convenience of dentures, providing patients with enhanced stability, improved chewing ability, and a natural-looking smile.

If you’re interested in restoring your smile, contact our Grand Rapids dental office by calling (616) 698-6663.

What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?

Implant-supported dentures, also known as overdentures, are prosthetic teeth that are securely anchored to dental implants surgically placed in the jawbone. Unlike traditional dentures that rely on adhesives or natural suction, implant-supported dentures are firmly attached to implants, offering a more stable and secure fit.

Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures

Enhanced Stability

Implants integrate with the jawbone, providing a stable foundation for the dentures. This stability allows for confident chewing and speaking without the worry of dentures slipping or shifting.

Improved Chewing Ability

Because implant-supported dentures are securely fixed in place, they function more like natural teeth. This improvement in stability enhances chewing efficiency, allowing patients to enjoy a wider variety of foods.

Preservation of Jawbone

Dental implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss that typically occurs when teeth are missing. This helps maintain facial structure and prevents the sunken appearance that can accompany traditional dentures.

Comfort and Convenience

Implant-supported dentures eliminate the need for messy adhesives and the discomfort often associated with ill-fitting traditional dentures. They provide a more natural feel, promoting comfort and confidence in daily activities.

Implant-Supported Dentures Process

Consultation and Planning

During the initial consultation, Dr. White will assess your oral health and discuss your goals for treatment. X-rays and scans may be taken to evaluate bone density and determine the optimal placement of implants.

Implant Placement

The dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone under local anesthesia. Over a period of several months, the implants fuse with the bone through a process called osseointegration, forming a strong and stable foundation.

Attachment of Dentures

Once the implants have integrated with the bone, abutments are attached to the implants. These abutments serve as connectors for the denture, which is custom-made to fit your mouth perfectly. The denture is then secured onto the abutments, providing a snug and secure fit.

Who Qualifies for Implant-Supported Dentures?

Implant-supported dentures are an excellent option for patients who have lost multiple teeth or need to replace an entire arch of teeth. Candidates typically include:

  • Denture Wearers: Those who currently wear traditional dentures and struggle with stability, discomfort, or difficulty chewing.
  • Healthy Bone Structure: Candidates should have sufficient bone density in the jaw to support dental implants. In cases where bone density is insufficient, bone grafting may be considered to build up the bone.
  • Good Oral Health: Candidates should have generally good oral health, free from gum disease or other conditions that could affect the success of implant surgery.
  • Commitment to Oral Hygiene: Candidates must be committed to maintaining good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, to ensure the longevity of the implants and overall oral health.
  • Non-Smokers or Willing to Quit: Smoking can negatively impact the success of dental implants. Candidates who smoke should be willing to quit or reduce smoking significantly before and after the implant procedure.
  • Good Overall Health: Candidates should be in good overall health, as certain medical conditions or medications may affect the healing process after implant surgery.
  • Desire for Improved Stability and Function: Individuals who desire a more stable and comfortable solution for missing teeth, with improved chewing ability and confidence in their smile.

Before undergoing implant-supported denture treatment, it’s essential to consult with your qualified Grand Rapids dentist who can evaluate your specific dental needs and overall health to determine if you are a suitable candidate for this innovative dental solution.

Embrace Confidence with Implant-Supported Dentures – Schedule Your Consultation Today!

Implant-supported dentures offer a significant improvement over traditional dentures, providing stability, comfort, and confidence in everyday life. If you are considering replacing missing teeth or upgrading from traditional dentures, schedule a consultation at Polished Dental Care today by calling (616) 698-6663 to explore whether implant-supported dentures are the right option for you. With proper care and maintenance, implant-supported dentures can provide a long-lasting solution to enhance your smile and overall oral health.

Enhancing Dental Comfort with Implant-Supported Dentures

About the Author

<a href="https://polisheddentalcaremi.com/author/liz-white/" target="_self">Liz White</a>

Liz White

Dr. Liz White received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Albion College before completing her Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in 2012.

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