According to one estimate, there are more than 36 million edentulous (missing all teeth) Americans. If you are among them, you may have considered getting traditional dentures. Certainly, dentures can look good and improve chewing function. However, they have their drawbacks. That is why we often recommend implant dentures in Newington instead. They are stronger, sturdier, and longer-lasting than their traditional counterparts. If you would like to learn more about this tooth replacement option, contact Family Dental Practice of Newington today.
Traditional dentures rely on natural suction to stay in place, but implant dentures are different. They are supported by dental implants. Dental implants in Newington are substitute tooth roots that we insert into the jawbone during a minimally invasive surgery. They bond with the surrounding tissue and are able to provide the strongest base possible for the dentures that are attached to them.
There are a few different types of implant dentures, including:
These are permanently attached to the implants that support them. They can only be removed by a dental professional. Many people enjoy the convenience of always having their prosthetic teeth in their mouth. Permanent implant dentures typically require 4 – 6 dental implants per arch.
Removable implant dentures are sometimes called overdentures or “Snap-On” dentures. Patients can remove them on their own for easy cleaning. These prosthetics are secured in place via a bar or ball-shaped attachments. In most cases, they require fewer dental implants than permanent dentures and may therefore require less jawbone density.
The implant denture procedure usually involves these four steps:
Although the implant denture procedure is longer than that for traditional dentures, the end result is well worth it!
You may be a candidate for implant dentures if:
Most patients qualify for implant dentures, either right away or after some preliminary treatments, such as a bone graft or gum disease therapy.
Some of the most noteworthy benefits of implant dentures include: