Implant-retained vs. Traditional Dentures
Traditional dentures are held in place over the gums using natural suction and special adhesives. Dentures may shift when patients eat or speak, however, causing discomfort or embarrassment. Denture slippage can contribute to oral health issues such as worn teeth, an inconsistent bite pattern, or TMJ disorder.
Traditional denture patients may feel inhibited, concerned that their artificial teeth will move or affect their speech. Dental implants, which are titanium posts, are surgically inserted into the jaw and fuse with the bone. The dentures are attached to these posts and supported with the strength of your jaw.
Receiving Implant-supported Dentures
Placing implants and attaching dentures is a multi-step process that begins with a consultation. During this appointment, Dr. Hessberger will review your dental and medical history, and take high-resolution images of your oral structure. Using this information, he can determine your candidacy for implant-supported dentures, and begin creating your surgical plan.
Candidates for implant surgery should be in good overall health and able to undergo oral surgery. Candidates should also need a full dental arch replaced. Dr. Hessberger can place implants in his office, or may refer complex surgery cases to a local oral surgeon.
Implant-supported dentures have become a popular and effective way to replace a row of missing teeth for many reasons.
During implant placement, we will create small holes in the gums. The titanium posts will be inserted into these access points, and a temporary prosthetic may be placed over the implants. Over the next four to six months, the posts will fuse with the bone in a process called osseointegration. This allows the post to function as a tooth root, providing needed stimulation to the jawbone to retain its strength and structure.
Once the recovery period and osseointegration process are complete, you will return for a second surgery to have the abutments attached to the implants, which serve as connectors to your dentures. A few weeks later, once healing is complete, your permanent dentures can be placed.
Advantages of Implant-supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures have become a popular and effective way to replace a row of missing teeth for many reasons:
- Dentures that look and function like original teeth
- Prevention of soft tissue breakdown that can result from ill-fitting traditional dentures
- Confidence that dentures are sturdy and will not move
- A denture support system that lasts for decades, if not a lifetime
- Easy at-home dental hygiene routine
- Halting jawbone deterioration that accompanies tooth loss
- Preserving facial appearance, which can change with tooth loss
Schedule a Consultation Today
Find out how implant-supported dentures can help improve your smile and daily life by sending our office a message. You can also speak to a staff member by phone at (773) 792-5562. Dr. Hessberger looks forward to talking to you about the positive effects of implant-retained dentures.