Create Your Most Comfortable, Slip-Free Smile
If you’ve been considering getting dentures, you may have heard that they can be uncomfortable and loose-fitting, sometimes even slipping at the most inopportune times. At Aesthetic Dental Associates, Dr. Robert Johnson and Dr. Alex Hurliman are proud to offer a better alternative to traditional dentures — implant-supported dentures.
Implant-supported dentures are a type of overdenture that replaces several teeth at once—and since they’re fixed to your gums by dental implants, you won’t have to worry about slipping. Read on to learn more about this highly successful procedure to see if our restorative solution may be right for you.
How Implant-Supported Dentures Work
If you have a lot of missing teeth, our team may recommend implant-supported dentures to restore your smile. To complete this process, implants are placed in the jaw, where they are anchored firmly into the surrounding bone. Attachments are then placed underneath the denture, connecting them to the implants.
Once they are placed in your mouth, the dentures snap onto the implants, keeping them secure. This means you’ll be able to enjoy more foods and speak more clearly than you would with traditional dentures.
The Benefits of Dentures Supported by Implants
Implant-supported dentures have quite a few benefits, including:
- Confidence. You’ll never have to worry about your false teeth slipping or falling out while you eat or are engaged in conversation.
- Comfort. Implant-supported dentures are far more comfortable because they are secure and feel like natural teeth. There is also less irritation of gum tissue than there may be with traditional dentures.
- Natural-looking. Implant-supported dentures look more natural than conventional dentures because less plastic is needed for retention.
- Jaw health. Wearing implant-supported dentures can help your appearance in the long term by preventing jaw shrinkage and bone loss.
- Easier to enjoy. With implant-supported dentures, there is no need to use denture adhesives.
The process for getting your implant-supported dentures is fairly simple. Once you and Dr. Johnson have decided this is the best option for you and confirmed that your oral health is sufficient, you’ll make an appointment to get the procedure started.
At your first appointment, our team will place the dental implants in your jaw. A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root that is used to anchor a crown. Then, over the next few months, those dental implants will fuse to your jaw in a process known as osseointegration. During this time, our team will monitor your progress.
Once you have completely healed from the dental implant surgery, we’ll snap the arches of the false teeth into place. Much like conventional dentures, your implant-supported dentures will have an acrylic base that matches your gums. This procedure has an extremely high success rate, with many patients appreciating that their implant-supported dentures look and feel just like their natural teeth.
Implant-Supported Dentures FAQ
How long do implant-supported dentures last?
There are many factors that affect the length of time implant-supported dentures last. The implants themselves are meant to last a lifetime. The average lifespan of dentures is about 15-25 years, but they can last longer with proper dental care.
How will I know if I am a good candidate for implant-supported dentures?
To qualify for this procedure, you must have sufficient bone density. If you don’t, Dr. Johnson may recommend a bone graft to support your dental implants. You must also have healthy gum tissue.
Is the implant-supported denture procedure painful?
Your mouth will be numbed for the procedure itself, so it should never be painful. Some temporary discomfort is normal immediately following the procedure, but this can easily be managed by over-the-counter medications. Our team will follow up with you to ensure you’re feeling good afterward.
Implant-Supported Dentures in Seattle, WA
We’d love to meet you and show you how this relatively simple, pain-free procedure can lead to restoring your smile. For more information on implant-supported dentures, call our Seattle office at (206) 682-3888 and schedule an appointment today. We look forward to meeting you!