Implant-Supported & Hybrid Dentures
In rare cases, we treat patients who have, for some reason or another, lost all or most of their natural teeth. Current studies show that about 35 million people in America are in this condition. In previous years, dentists would usually extract the rest of their teeth and then make dentures for them.
But dentures have a variety of problems. For instance, they need adhesives to stay in place, without which they can slip and even fall out. Speaking and eating while wearing them is often uncomfortable.
Another option is to put dental implants in for each missing tooth, but installing that many dental implants is expensive. A better alternative is to place implants in strategic locations in the mouth and use them to support a hybrid denture.
What are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures, also known as overdentures or hybrid dentures, are supported by dental implants that are beneath the gum line. We need at least four implants to place the overdentures, but we can hold them in place even better if we use more.
What is the Procedure for Implant-Supported Dentures?
Once we place the implants, we need to give your jaw bone time to fuse with them. The implant posts we place in the jaw are made of titanium, which is a metal that will naturally fuse with the bone in a process called osseointegration. Once osseointegration is complete, the posts will stimulate and rejuvenate the jaw bone just like natural tooth roots.
Once the posts have bonded with the jaw bone, we will place a bar made of gold or titanium to hold the new prosthetic teeth in place. This makes the prosthetic much more secure than dentures that sit on the gums with adhesive. Dr. Eshraghi will then fix the denture in place. Unlike traditional dentures, they are attached to the dental implants embedded in the jaw bone and are thus irremovable.
What are the Advantages of Implant-Supported Dentures?
The biggest asset of hybrid dentures is that they restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile normally and comfortably. They are also considerably more affordable than a getting multiple dental implants. It is also easy to clean the implant denture because you brush it just like you would your normal teeth instead of taking it out.
Candidates for Implant-Supported Dentures
Many people who have an entire arch of missing teeth are candidates for implant-supported dentures. The main requirement is that you must have adequate oral health and overall health. A consultation with Dr. Eshraghi, in which he’ll go over your medical history will determine whether or not you qualify.
Implant-retained dentures are similar to implant-supported dentures, except that they are removable. Implant-retained dentures will still absorb most of the force when you bite and the implants supporting them will retain them. However, the idea of having removable teeth doesn’t sit well with many of our patients because it reminds them of their tooth loss. Having teeth in their mouth 24/7 makes them feel much better, so we usually recommend a more permanent and better supported treatment option.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please give us a call at (971) 317-8414.