Frequently Asked Questions About Implant Supported Dentures

Posted on: October 6, 2018

You can get the smile you want by getting implant supported dentures. They are a great alternative to traditional, non-fixed dentures which do tend to come loose and sometimes slip out. Modern medicine and technology have given patients with missing teeth plenty of options and implant supported dentures are one of the best out there.

Since their introduction, there have been many questions surrounding these appliances, but before we address those questions, it is important to understand what makes these implants so unique.

What are implant supported dentures?

They are a tooth replacement option that is an excellent solution for people who are missing most of their natural teeth. Most people are aware of regular dentures which rest on the gums. An implant supported denture is fixed to the mouth via implants, providing stable support for the prosthetic.

Commonly asked questions about implant supported dentures include:

Who qualifies for them?

Not everyone can get implant supported dentures. This is why a thorough examination with a dentist, as well as expressing expectations and needs is the first step in determining whether or not these dentures will be a good fit for a patient.

Only on a patient whose jaw still has enough bone tissue to support the prosthetic can receive implant supported dentures.

What does the procedure entail?

The first step is the consultation. During this step, the dentist will review the patient’s medical history and perform X-rays. A CT scan may also happen. This helps the dentist to determine if the patient has enough bone tissue for the implants.

Once the models are ready, the dentist will perform the first surgery. They will insert the implants into the patient's jaw and seal the gums. After this first step, the patient will then have to wait about six months before the second surgery.

Once osseointegration occurs, the dentist will then perform a second surgery. During this time, the dentist will attach customized dentures to the implant.

Patients do have the option of choosing a one-step procedure. This is when both the surgeries mentioned occur at the same time.

What are the benefits?

There are many benefits to getting implants, but perhaps the most common reason why patients get them is that they are more stable than traditional dentures. No one wants to worry about their dentures slipping out or getting loose during the day. Sure, there may be adhesives to help them stay in place, but that is not enough to guarantee that no accidents occur. A patient with an implant does not have to worry about accidents.

What is the patient allowed to eat after getting implants?

Although patients can pretty much eat anything they desire after their mouth has adequately healed, they should avoid sticky foods and hard items to extend the prosthetic's lifespan.

Thinking about getting implant supported dentures? We are familiar with the entire process and are happy to help. Contact us today and find out more about these prosthetics.

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