Traditional removable dentures are an economical and effective solution for replacing missing teeth. However, many patients are not satisfied with conventional dentures and complain about their instability, the need to use adhesives, and having to replace them regularly.
At Saddler Family Dentistry in Berkeley, California, Dr. Saddler recommends implant-supported dentures as a permanent and convenient alternative to traditional dentures.
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
An implant-supported denture is a dental restoration that rests directly on your gums and is anchored and supported by dental implants placed in your upper and/or lower jaw.
This unique feature makes them more stable and comfortable and prevents them from slipping out of your mouth when eating or speaking. Implant-supported dentures help reinstate the function and aesthetics of your smile.
When Do You Need Implant-Supported Dentures?
Missing teeth can cause the jawbone to lose density over time, thus affecting its structure. As the crest shrinks, removable dentures can become loose and uncomfortable to wear. This can make normal functions like eating and speaking difficult.
Implant-supported dentures are a great alternative if you are looking for a stable, permanent, and more comfortable alternative to traditional dentures.
What Are the Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures?
There are various reasons why implant-supported dentures are beneficial. They:
- Enhance the aesthetics of your smile
- Have no dietary restrictions
- Improve your ability to speak
- Restore your confidence
- Help prevent bone loss
- Eliminate the need to use denture adhesives
What Is the Process for Getting Implant-Supported Dentures?
The procedure for implant-supported dentures requires a few dental appointments. At Saddler Family Dentistry, Dr. Saddler begins the process by taking impressions of your oral cavity and extracting any remaining teeth before proceeding with the implantation.
The next phase is placing the dental implants by first administering a local anesthetic around the incision areas to ensure your comfort. Dr. Saddler will then make a small incision in your gum pocket, insert a titanium screw into the jawbone, and suture the gums.
The process is repeated multiple times since anywhere from 4 to 8 implants may be necessary to support a complete denture.
How to Care for Implant-Supported Dentures?
Bacteria, plaque, and tartar can accumulate on your implant-supported dentures even though they are false teeth. To make sure your implant-supported dentures last as long as possible, we recommend brushing regularly and using an antibacterial mouthwash.
If you want to learn more about implant-supported dentures and their benefits and learn if you are a good candidate for them, visit Saddler Family Dentistry at 1504 Alcatraz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703. You can also reach us by calling (510) 653-6424.