Do you struggle with ill-fitting dentures, messy adhesives, and an impaired ability to chew or speak? Traditional dentures can be as uncomfortable as they are inconvenient. At Dr. Victor Oelbaum & Associates, we can replace your traditional dentures with dentures that are supported by dental implants for a more secure and comfortable fit. As an added advantage, implant-supported dentures are designed to fully restore the function of your teeth while giving your smile a beautiful, natural appearance.
What Are Implant Dentures?
Implant dentures are often considered an upgrade from traditional dentures. Rather than rely on messy pastes and adhesives to keep dentures in place, this option is designed to anchor restorations to your jawbone with dental implants. For many patients, this additional security provides a more comfortable denture fit, minimizing gum irritation and slippage for increased confidence when eating, drinking, and speaking. Plus, individuals with implant dentures commonly find they have the ability to eat tougher foods, as well as a wider range of foods, when compared to traditional dentures. Treatment for implant dentures involves placing small titanium posts into a patient’s gum tissue to serve as the fastening point for dentures or restorations. In this way, implant dentures are meant to stay rooted for a lifetime and function as a natural part of your mouth.
What Are the Benefits of Implant Dentures?
The key to the success of implant-supported dentures, also known as implant-anchored dentures, is a set of titanium posts implanted into the gum tissue. These titanium posts can eventually fuse to the jawbone and allow your denture to snap firmly into place, eliminating the need for adhesives and providing a more comfortable, secure fit. This advanced prosthodontics technique can provide benefits including:
- Greatly reduced slippage along the gum line
- Minimized gum irritation
- Zero adhesives
- Improved comfort
- Natural look and feel
In addition, patients who are not eligible for a full set of dental implants due to insufficient jawbone density are often good candidates for implant-supported dentures.
Who is a Good Candidate for Implant Dentures?
Implant dentures can benefit individuals seeking a long-lasting solution to address the inconveniences presented by unanchored dentures, such as instability and discomfort. Ideal candidates for treatment should have relatively healthy gum tissue and good oral health. Patients should also have no uncontrolled medical conditions that may interfere with the implants’ ability to fuse with the jawbone or the subsequent healing process. For this reason, those undergoing chemotherapy or radiation may not be ideal candidates for treatment.
Lastly, men and women interested in implant dentures should have enough jawbone density to support placement of the implants. Usually the longer an absent space from a missing tooth or extraction remains unfilled, the more bone loss is experienced in the affected area. Fortunately, individuals who lack the necessary bone structure to withstand implantation may be able to regenerate new bone prior to implant placement with a bone grafting procedure. This bone regrowth technique can correct bone deficiencies caused by extended tooth loss. One of our dentists will go over all of your options with you during a consultation to determine preliminary steps to take before your implant denture treatment, or suggest another procedure that can serve as a good alternative to implant dentures.
Implant-Supported Dentures Options
At Dr. Victor Oelbaum & Associates, we offer several types of implant-supported dentures so you can select the option that can best meet your needs:
- Traditional implant-supported dentures
- All-On-4® Anchored Dentures
- Prettau® Implant Bridges
During the consultation process, your dentist will discuss the unique advantages of each type of implant-supported denture and help you decide which treatment plan can achieve your oral health and cosmetic goals.
How is the Implant Dentures Procedure Performed?
Implant-supported dentures are considered a minimally invasive procedure and can often be completed within a single office visit. After your dentist strategically places the set of titanium posts along your gum line, your custom denture can be fastened into place. The length of the procedure will vary from case to case, but the recovery and downtime from the implant-supported denture procedure are usually quite minimal. With proper care and maintenance, your implant-supported dentures can give you decades of confident, beautiful smiles.
What is the Average Cost of Implant Dentures?
The price of implant dentures will be unique to each patient. Typically, the total expense will depend in part on the state of your oral health and whether dental therapy (such as periodontal treatment), tooth extractions, or a bone grafting procedure is necessary prior to placement of the dental implants. Other factors that can affect your cost estimate include:
- The number of dental implants necessary
- The number of teeth that need replacing
- The type and quality of your restoration
- The implantation technique used
The expertise of your dentist and the geographic location where the procedure is performed will also influence the price of implant dentures. Because this restorative treatment is such a subjective procedure, it can be difficult to ascertain the average cost of treatment without knowing the details of your treatment plan. You can be confident that once your unique needs are assessed in a consultation, a friendly member of our team will provide you with a personalized quote as well as a full breakdown of the estimated cost of implant dentures.
Ensuring all patients can receive the necessary dental care to enhance their smile and oral health is of the utmost importance to our team, which is why we accept a range of payment methods to bring the cost of treatment into your budget. To accommodate the diverse needs of our patients, our practice also works with CareCredit®— the nation’s leading health care financing company that offers a number of low- to no-interest payment plans for qualified applicants. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our practice.
For more information on implant-supported dentures, or to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists, please contact our office today.