Implant Supported Dentures
Advances in implant dentistry make it possible for us to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. At the practice of Redondo beach dentist Michael Fulbright, D.D.S., we can also make dental bridges or dentures more permanent and easier to wear by stabilizing them with dental implants – a treatment known as implant supported dentures (or implant dentures). Dr. Fulbright and his team have expertise in planning complex implant dentistry cases, including jaw reconstruction with dental implants. We have helped numerous patients recover their ability to chew, speak, and smile with confidence through implant dentistry.
REPLACING MULTIPLE TEETH WITH DENTAL IMPLANTS
In addition to replacing a single missing tooth, dental implants can be used to replace multiple teeth, as well as to stabilize bridges and dentures. The process to place multiple dental implants is basically the same as the placement process for a single dental implant.
The first step in the placement of dental implants is a visit to our practice for a consultation. Our dentists will help you determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants and help you determine if they are the right tooth replacement option for you, and then plan your implant procedure. We oversee every step of your implant dentistry procedure to ensure a successful outcome.
Messy, inconvenient adhesives are a thing of the past with implant-stabilized dentures, commonly referred to as implant dentures. The dentures are designed to snap onto several dental implants. The implants hold the dentures in place so that they don’t move, making speaking and chewing easier. There is no risk of the dentures slipping out of place when they are stabilized with dental implants and they look and function more like natural teeth than traditional dentures.
Dental implants can also be used to stabilize dental bridges instead of attaching them to surrounding teeth with dental crowns. A bridge supported by dental implants is an ideal replacement option when several adjacent teeth are missing, and, unlike traditional bridges, they leave surrounding teeth unaffected. In addition, the implants used to stabilize a bridge reduce bone loss, which occurs when teeth are missing.
RECONSTRUCTION WITH DENTAL IMPLANTS
Dental implants can also be used in a reconstruction when a portion of the jaw is missing due to disease, birth defect, or injury. Patients seek Dr. Michael Fulbright from all over for his expertise in reconstruction with dental implants. We also use dental implants for full mouth restorations in order to restore beauty and function to a smile.
CANDIDATES FOR IMPLANT SUPPORTED DENTURES
Implant supported dentures can be a highly effective form of missing tooth replacement for patients looking for alternative solutions to traditional dentures. For some people, traditional dentures may be uncomfortable to wear, slip irritatingly along the gums, limit dietary choices, or require more maintenance than is preferred. Implant supported dentures from our dentist can effectively secure dentures onto the upper or lower jaw for a natural-looking, precise fit that doesn’t require pastes or adhesives. If you fulfill the basic requirements for candidacy, having your dentures affixed to dental implants may be a more favorable alternative. Implant supported dentures can best serve:
- Patients with missing teeth
- Patients in relatively good health, with no diseases or conditions that may disrupt the procedure’s healing process
- Patients with suitable bone density in their jaw to accommodate the implant
- Patients with healthy gum tissue
- Patients desiring a permanent tooth restoration solution
- Patients not currently undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy
Typically, implant supported dentures treatment is a less involved procedure than procuring a full set of dental implants, while still offering a level of stability that some patients simply don’t find with traditional dentures. If you are unsure whether you would benefit from implant supported dentures, an initial consultation with our team of professionals can determine if you are an ideal candidate.
Implant Dentures Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are the benefits of implant dentures?
Implant supported dentures offer a variety of benefits for individuals with missing teeth, including:
- A more stable alternative to dentures that dramatically reduces the potential for movement and slippage along the gums
- Results that look, feel, and function more like natural teeth
- Improved speaking and chewing
- Less dietary restrictions
- Less potential for bone loss
- No messy putties, pastes, or adhesives necessary
- Enhanced comfort
- Easier maintenance when compared to traditional dentures
Does the implant denture procedure hurt?
In most cases, an implant denture procedure should be no more uncomfortable than most other types of dental procedures. A local anesthetic will be applied to the treatment area to minimize the potential for pain during the implantation process. Our practice also offers a range of sedation dentistry techniques that can help you feel more relaxed and comfortable during treatment.
How long do the results of implant dentures last?
Dental implants are designed to fuse to the jawbone and become a permanent fixture in your mouth, mimicking the function of a natural tooth root. This procedure offers a long-lasting solution to missing teeth that should not require retreatment.
How much do implant dentures cost?
Every patient has unique needs and goals, which makes the total cost of implant dentures dependent on each individual treatment plan. When compared to a full set of dental implants, implant dentures typically offer patients a significant cost savings. Factors such as the complexity of the procedure, how many dental implants will be necessary to successfully stabilize the dentures, the materials utilized, the dentist’s experience, and other components will ultimately be taken into account. In general, the cost can range between $1000 and $4000 per implant, plus the cost of the denture appliance; however, as noted above, the price of implant denture treatment varies greatly based on one’s individual needs. After your treatment plan has been created, a member of our team will produce an overall price estimate and talk with you about your options. Fulbright Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry accepts a vast array of payment options, and we work with reputable dental care financing companies such as CareCredit® and Compassionate Health Care Services®. These companies offer a number of convenient payment plans for qualified applicants who would like the flexibility of paying for their procedure over time.
If you have questions about implant supported dentures, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to find out if this procedure is right for your needs, please contact us today.