It’s a common occurrence. You’re out with some friends for a meal when your pesky denture slips out of place again. Though no one says anything, it’s obvious, and you wish you could sink right into the floor. You leave the restaurant wondering if going out to eat is even worth it anymore.
Thanks to dental implants, dentures no longer have to be a source of embarrassment. Implants are small titanium posts which will replace your tooth roots and uphold a permanent restoration. With implant-supported dentures, your teeth will never slip out of place again. You can enjoy complete dental function, improved oral health, and a beautiful smile. Plus, with all of these combined benefits, your self-confidence will soar.
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Like traditional removable dentures, there are two types of implant-supported dentures. A full denture will replace all of your upper and/or lower teeth. It will sit atop four or more implant posts, which will integrate with your jaw. A partial will restore a large portion of your dental arch, replacing multiple adjacent teeth. An implant-supported bridge requires at least two posts for full support.
What Happens When You Receive Implant-Supported Dentures?
First, Dr. Gershberg will need to make sure that you are a candidate for dental implants. He will take x-rays and other images of your jaw to look for bone recession. Tissue loss can affect your ability to receive implants, though a bone graft can often rebuild a strong base for your new restoration. The images will also enable him to find the right areas for implant placement. He will position the posts in the strongest areas of your bone to ensure lasting success.
To perform the surgery, Dr. Gershberg will numb the treatment area before placing the posts through tiny incisions in your gums. The type of restoration you receive will determine the appropriate number of posts. Often, Dr. Gershberg can use the All-on-4® method to secure your denture with minimal impact to your jawbone. In other cases, he can convert your current denture into an implant-supported restoration. Typically, this type of denture will require more than four posts.
Over four to six months, your bone will heal around the implants. While you are waiting for healing to be complete, Dr. Gershberg can provide a temporary denture. After the integration process is finished, he will attach your permanent restoration to the posts.
Implant-Supported Dentures Offer Greater Stability
In essence, dental implants will replace your dental roots, becoming a fixed part of your mouth. Because of the integration process, implants will never slip out of place. Embarrassing incidents like the one at the restaurant will be a thing of the past, and you can easily eat “difficult” foods like whole fruit or steak.
Implant-Supported Dentures Have an Incredibly Lifelike Appearance
Traditional dentures require a plastic base. Metal clips will keep a partial from moving around in your mouth. Although modern dental materials are quite realistic, with these support structures, a removable denture will never look completely natural. On the other hand, an implant-supported denture will sit right along your gums, making it virtually identical to your natural teeth. Our partner lab also uses advanced materials. Dr. Gershberg and the lab technicians will work together to choose a material with a believable color and a natural-looking sparkle.
Permanent Implant Dentures Are Convenient
Maintaining dental implants is easy. You will simply need to brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly. Remember, regular dental care is essential, even if you have a full upper and lower denture. While oral bacteria will not affect the restoration, it can still lead to the development of gum disease. Periodontitis will eventually cause gum recession, and your soft tissues will pull away from the metal posts. Fortunately, when you care for your implants properly, implant failure is very rare.
Dental Implants Can Promote Jawbone Health
Each time your upper and lower teeth touch, it sends a tiny shockwave to the surrounding bone tissue. This signal will stimulate bone regeneration, replacing the cells that are lost every day through daily wear and tear. With missing teeth, your bone will no longer receive these needed signals. Even if you are missing a single tooth, the shape of your jaw will change quickly. Bone can also recede from your nearby dental roots, causing additional tooth loss. If you are already missing all of your teeth, your jaw can shrink dramatically, giving you a changed and much older appearance.
Because implants will replace your dental roots, they will also produce the important restorative signals. No other type of restoration offers this important benefit. Thus, dental implants can protect the natural shape of your face, helping you look and feel 20 years younger.
Find out If an Implant-Supported Denture Is Right for You
Learn more about the benefits of a permanent, fixed denture and find out if you are a candidate for implants. Contact The Art of Dentistry to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gershberg.