What are Implant Dentures?
Secure dentures, also known as implant-supported dentures, are an innovative advancement in the replacement of the upper and/or lower teeth. They utilize dental implants to fix the dentures in place. Traditional dentures often lack stability and reliability, impacting your ability to speak, chew, and smile with confidence. In contrast, secured dentures are fastened to the jawbone with dental implants and should not slip, move around, or fall out. If you are struggling with traditional dentures or are looking for a dependable option for replacing missing or badly damaged teeth, secure dentures may be the ideal treatment for your needs. To find out if secure dentures may be the right option for you, please contact South River Dentistry to schedule a consultation with our Midlothian dentist, Jeff Blackburn, DDS.
Benefits of Implant Dentures
Dentures secured with dental implants can offer several benefits over traditional removable dentures:
- Reliability – When you chew, speak, or smile, secure dentures can remain stabilized.
- Comfort – Secure dentures are customized to precisely fit the contours of your mouth and because they do not move, no uncomfortable shifting or rubbing should occur.
- Confidence – Secure dentures can allow you to share your full, beautiful smile with the world, knowing it will remain in place and appear as natural as possible.
- Hygiene – Implant sites and dentures are typically easier to clean and care for.
- Prevention of jawbone loss – Implants can stimulate regeneration of jawbone tissue, which prevents bone density loss.
Who is a Candidate for Implant Dentures?
Almost any patient who would like to have a better-fitting denture or who would like to chew more efficiently and comfortably can be a candidate for implant dentures. They can also benefit individuals who seek to eat, drink, and speak with more confidence. There may be some exceptions due to medical concerns.
Implant Denture Options
The best technique to rebuild your upper and/or lower dental arches will depend on the state of your jawbone density as well as the extent of restoration necessary. Our dentists will formulate the best treatment plan to achieve a beautiful, natural-looking final outcome according to your needs.
For the right candidate, the All-on-4 technique can be an exceptional way to secure your prosthesis using fewer dental implants than are traditionally required for restoration of an entire arch. Four strategically-placed dental implants (per arch) are positioned at specific angles to provide the ultimate stability for your custom-made denture, while optimizing jawbone availability. This can achieve a beautiful dental arch replacement for the upper and/or lower jaw.
All-on-6 is a similar treatment to All-on-4, although instead of utilizing four implants to affix your restoration, the technique employs six implants in order to maximize the stability of your denture. All-on-6 can be an appropriate solution when the condition of your bone structure necessitates more than four implants to secure your prosthesis.
Full Mouth Restoration
Full mouth restoration involves complete reconstruction of both your upper and lower dental arches. Both rows of teeth are replaced with custom-fabricated restorations that are anchored to the gumline for a result designed to look and feel like a natural part of your mouth. The number of implants required to affix your prosthesis will depend on the amount of available bone in the upper and lower jaw. Depending on your needs, implant dentures treatment is sometimes combined with other procedures for comprehensive full mouth rehabilitation and extensive renewal of your oral health.
The Implant Denture Procedure
Before beginning the process of restoration with secure dentures, some patients may require tooth extractions, periodontal treatment, and/or placement of bone grafts to prepare the mouth and jaw for implantation. Typically, the area must be fully healed before the titanium posts can be placed. Once the treatment area is ready, Dr. Blackburn or an outside specialist can perform the procedure to place the implants. The implanted posts usually take between three to six months to fuse with the jawbone and fully heal. Next, Dr. Blackburn will take a mold of the upper and/or lower portion of the mouth, which will be used to craft the custom overdentures. When the dentures arrive from the lab, Dr. Blackburn will ensure a proper fit and snap the dentures securely in place.
Results with Implant Dentures
Patients are typically very pleased with the smile they are able to achieve with the addition of secured dentures. Individuals who were formerly missing their teeth or struggling with ill-fitting removable dentures often value the aesthetics, confidence, stability, and renewed functionality their secure dentures provide. With proper care, the implants do not usually require replacement; however, overdentures may benefit from minor maintenance at some point.
What is the Cost of Implant Dentures?
For restoration of an entire dental arch, implant dentures are considered a reliable replacement solution that is meant to stay rooted for a lifetime. Furthermore, treatment for anchored dentures is typically more affordable than the cost of reconstructing a full dental arch with implants alone. With this is mind, the cost of implant dentures is unique to each patients’ needs and typically calculated according to factors including:
- Whether preliminary treatments, such as bone grafting, periodontal care, or tooth extractions, were necessary
- The number of implants necessary
- The number of teeth that require replacing
- The cost of the prosthesis
The price of treatment is also generally influenced by your geographic location, as well as the expertise of your dentist. While it is impossible to determine your procedural expenses without knowledge of your unique needs, each dental implant can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $4,000. While this is not necessarily a reflection of the price at our practice, this range may help you make an informed decision when researching treatment options. After your initial consultation, our office will be able to provide a personalized quote and complete price breakdown of your implant dentures treatment. We believe no patient should be deterred from achieving their dream smile for financial reasons, which is why we work with CareCredit® to help individuals bring the cost of implant dentures into their budget. This highly reputable dental financing option can allow qualified applicants to choose from a range of flexible payment plans with low monthly installments to make the price of treatment more manageable. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for any questions you may have about our accepted modes of payment.
Contact South River Dentistry
For more information about secure dentures, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment with Dr. Blackburn.