Implant Dentures – West Seneca, NY
Dentures Taken to the Next Level
If you’ve suffered total tooth loss, the idea of having a complete, strong smile can feel out of reach. Traditional dentures have come a long way in the last few decades, but in many ways, they still have the same issues. Dentures can feel unnatural at first and eventually need to be adjusted as your jawbone continues to change shape. However, we have a solution to help you regain confidence in your smile—implant dentures in West Seneca. If you would like to know more about this alternative to traditional dentures, contact our team to schedule an appointment with us!
What are Implant Dentures?
For a single missing tooth, one implant is used to replace the lost tooth root and a crown is attached on top. As a result, some mistakenly think that each individual tooth must be replaced by an implant, but this isn’t true! Implant dentures utilize just a handful of dental implants to hold the full denture in position. The posts function as anchors for the denture, giving it stability and strength. There are two types of implants dentures: fixed and removable.
Fixed/Permanent Implant Dentures
In most cases, patients want their dentures secured to the implants. This method makes the prosthetic teeth look and feel as natural as possible. With your dentures fixed into position, you’ll care for them just as you would normal teeth.
Removable Implant Dentures
If you prefer, we can make your dentures removable. Instead of bonding permanently to the implants, the dentures will snap in and out of place. That way, you can still enjoy the same stability and have the convenience to take out your dentures for traditional cleaning if you desire.
The Implant Denture Procedure
The process for getting implant dentures is very similar to getting implants. After a consultation, we’ll place four to six implants strategically in your jawbone throughout arch and close the gums over the implants. Over several months, the jawbone will grow to envelop the posts. Then, abutment or connector pieces are attached to the implants, and impressions are taken to create the custom dentures. To ensure a perfect fit, you may need to come in for a fitting appointment, but the end result will be well worth it!
Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentures?
Most patients who are missing all their teeth qualify for implant dentures. Your mouth needs to be free from infections, particularly gum disease, and you need to be in generally good health. Your jawbone also must have enough density to support the implant posts needed to stabilize the dentures. Before we begin treatment, we’ll examine your mouth and ask about your medical history to assess whether this procedure is right for you.
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
Although modern dentures are better than ever, on their own, they still only rest on top of the gums. As a result, the jawbone underneath continues to deteriorate. Then, dentures become less stable, weakening your bite. However, attaching them to dental implants keeps your dentures firmly in place, allowing you to continue eating a healthy diet. Also, because implant dentures don’t slip, you don’t have to feel self-conscious about your smile, giving you confidence in professional or social situations. Combining dentures and implants may entail some extra steps or cost, but the benefits make it all worth it!
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