Are Implant-Supported Dentures Removable?
Implant-supported dentures are affixed to implants, and once integrated with the gum and jaw, they cannot be removed without assistance from your dentist. Once in place, you’ll be able to eat, drink, and talk without the worry of dentures slipping out of place or falling out.
Our dentists at Saratoga Springs Family Dentistry offer implant-supported dentures, which are connected to your jawbone with metal posts. The dentures fit securely in your mouth and will not move out of place. What’s more, implant-supported dentures look attractive and are easy to maintain in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Am I a suitable candidate for implant-supported dentures?
Are you currently using removable dentures? Do you have missing teeth and need dentures? Implant-supported dentures have many advantages over removable dentures. You’ll be faced with fewer food restrictions (you can eat just about anything). Implant dentures are easy to clean, just like your natural teeth.
With implant-supported dentures, a dental implant is placed in your jaw like a natural tooth root. The dental implant helps prevent bone loss, which occurs with removable dentures. Also, the implant helps prevent gum atrophy.
Our team at Saratoga Springs Family Dentistry in Saratoga Springs, NY examines your oral health to determine if your gums and jawbone are strong enough to support implants. In some cases, it might be necessary to carry out gum or bone grafting to help strengthen the area so it can better support the implant posts. Our dentists will carry out digital imaging to better assess your jawbone and gums.
Implant-supported dentures procedure
Our dentists at Saratoga Springs Family Dentistry in Saratoga Springs, NY will administer local anesthesia to help numb your mouth so you don’t experience discomfort. We can also discuss other sedation options if you feel fearful or anxious.
During the surgery, our dental team will make surgical incisions in your gums to insert the dental posts into your bone. You will need four or more posts to support the dentures. The posts are covered with a temporary denture while they heal. The healing process usually takes about 4 – 6 months as the dental implants affix to your bone and gums. Once the dental implants are secure, our dental team will fit your custom dentures to the implanted posts.
Maintenance of implant-supported dentures
Implant-supported dentures require the same maintenance as your natural teeth. You will need to brush, floss, and use mouthwash. In addition, you’ll have to schedule regular exams at Saratoga Springs Family Dentistry in Saratoga Springs, NY to ensure an ongoing proper fit. With proper care, you can expect your implant-supported dentures to last for several years. During your exam, our team will evaluate your dental implants to let you know if they require replacement or repairs.
In most cases, implants can last from 15 – 20 years, and the dentures will last from 5 – 10 years before needing replacement due to wear.
Schedule a consultation to discuss implant dentures in Saratoga Springs, NY
Our team at Saratoga Springs Family Dentistry in Saratoga Springs, NY will meet with you for a consultation to discuss dental-supported dentures so you can decide what best fits your needs. Our skilled dental team can help you achieve the smile you are dreaming about. Contact us to schedule a consultation today.