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At Smile Denture and Implant Clinic, we see a lot of patients interested in Dentures on Implants or often called, Implant Supported Dentures. If you have some missing teeth or are already a denture wearer, dental implants can be a great permanent teeth replacement option for you. Here are some of the common inquiries by our patients who are interested in permanent teeth replacement options.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them.

There are two general types of dental implants, and both work with your bones in a process called osseointegration. The most common implant type uses a titanium screw that emulates the root of a tooth and serves as the attachment point for the tooth restoration above the tooth.

How long is the process?

Dental implants take time and the process lasts several months. This is essential for your bone to heal and integrate well with the implant. Once the implant base is in place and healed, then the remainder of your teeth restoration can begin. 

How do dentures on implants work?

Dental implants will serve as the foundation for dentures. Instead of simply fitting over your gums, implant dentures use the implanted posts as clipping points, creating a positive lock while your plates are in your mouth. Your dentures snap onto the posts.

Will I be able to take out my dentures on implants?

There are two types of implant dentures: fixed and removable. So yes if you wish to have the removable implant retained denture, you will be able to remove it. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of fixed and removable implant dentures.

Fixed implant retained dentures require more implants than a removable implant retained denture because the denture is permanently affixed onto the implants and requires greater stabilization. Implant retained dentures feel much more natural than removable dentures. Moreover, they completely restore your chewing efficiency.

Removable implant retained dentures require fewer implants. This can be accomplished in as little as four dental implants. They securely hold an upper denture allowing the size of the plate to be reduced or eliminated from the denture altogether. Plate reduction or elimination feels more natural and allows for the better tasting of food. Just two implants under a lower denture can improve stability and restore chewing efficiency up to 90% of normal. Four implants provide up to 100% normal chewing efficiency. Removable dentures also allow for easier maintenance and cleaning.

Are Implant Supported Dentures better than the Conventional Dentures?

There are a many advantages to denture implants. They are superior to the conventional dentures. Here are a few advantages with respect to confidence, comfort cost and durability:

  • Comfort – Dentures on Implants are more comfortable and cause minimal discomfort. If you choose fixed dentures, there will be no need to remove your dentures daily and risk losing or breaking them. Moreover, dentures on implants restore the biting and chewing force as close to the natural teeth as possible.
  • Confidence Level – Conventional dentures can slip, and have an impact on the wearers’ ability to speak and eat. Implant retained dentures have no slippage. Properly placed, implants and implant retained dentures are stable and function like natural teeth.
  • Cost – Denture implants are more expensive treatment than conventional dentures. However, the cost is offset in the quality of your life and dental health. Also a massive advantage to implant retained dentures is minimal bone loss.
  • Durability – Dentures are strong enough to last a lifetime. Dental implants help preserve the patient’s gum and bone mass by preventing denture slippage. Implants and implant retained dentures are dependable and a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. On average dental implants last up to 35 years.

Finally, if you want to learn more about dentures on implants and Smile Denture and Implant Clinic’s all-inclusive treatment approach, simply schedule your free consultation. It’s the best way to find out how dental implants can change your life. You can contact us at 613.262.6332.