Are you tired of struggling with missing teeth or uncomfortable dentures? Do you dream of enjoying a healthy diet and an active social life? If either of those questions applied to you, implant-supported dentures may be the solution.
At Cape Dental Care, our experienced dentists, Drs. Mark and Phillip Kraver, are dedicated to helping you regain a confident and fulfilling life. Let’s talk about what implant-supported dentures are and how the process works, so you can make an informed decision about improving your oral health.
What are Implant-supported Dentures?
Traditional dentures rely on suction and unreliable denture adhesives for support and stability. Implant-supported dentures are secured to dental implants permanently placed in the jawbone. Not only does this make the dentures more secure than traditional ones, but it has advantages. Implant-supported dentures limit bone recession and allow you to eat virtually anything you want. They also last about twice as long as traditional dentures. There are even versions of implant-supported dentures that don’t need to be removed.
The Implant-supported Denture Process
Phase One: Consultation and Digital Treatment Planning
The journey to a new smile begins with a personalized consultation with our implant dentists in Cape Coral, FL. During this consultation, we will thoroughly discuss your current limitations and provide you with information on the available options for full-mouth tooth replacements. Through digital impressions and CBCT scans (cone-beam computed tomography), we utilize advanced CAD/CAM (Computer-aided design and Computer-aided manufacturing) design technologies to virtually design your new denture and carefully plan the placement of dental implants. Thanks to our state-of-the-art in-house dental lab, we can provide a high level of quality and customization throughout the treatment process. We can even 3D print custom trays for your dentures and the custom surgical guides we’ll use for precision implant placement.
Phase Two: Guided Implant Surgery
Once we have determined the best treatment plan for your unique needs, you’ll return to our Cape Coral office to have your dental implants placed. We follow a minimally invasive and predictable approach. Custom guides and sedation dentistry are used to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. The implants are strategically placed in areas of your jawbone with optimal density and volume. This is often in the front portion of your jaw. Depending on your case, your denture will be attached to the implants using a ball or bar attachment, which can be removable for cleaning or permanently affixed.
Phase Three: Healing and Denture Attachment
After the implant surgery, it is common to need three or more months for proper healing and integration of the implants with your jawbone. During this phase, you’ll typically wear a temporary denture until your final denture is ready. In some cases, we can modify your existing denture to secure it to the new implants. Alternatively, our skilled in-house lab can craft a new denture that fits perfectly, enhancing both your functionality and smile aesthetics.
Benefits of Implant-supported Dentures
Your new smile will combine the strength of dental implants with the natural-looking appearance of modern removable dentures. By securely anchoring the dentures to two or more dental implants in your jawbone, you can enjoy a stable and strong bite. Say goodbye to worries about loose dentures or the need for denture adhesives!
Unlike traditional dentures that rest on the gums and can accelerate bone loss, implant-supported dentures stimulate healthy jawbone growth. By transferring biting pressure to the implant posts, these dentures help maintain the density and strength of your jawbone. You’ll not only look and feel more confident, but you’ll also be able to bite and chew a wider variety of foods. This can improve your overall health and well-being.
While implant-supported dentures may have a higher upfront cost compared to traditional dentures, the benefits they offer make them a worthwhile investment. Traditional dentures often require frequent relines and adjustments to maintain their stability. Additionally, the inconvenience of multiple appointments for these treatments can add up over time.
In contrast, implant-supported dentures can last significantly longer. They can also improve your oral health, potentially reducing the need for systemic healthcare later on. Another big benefit is the lifespan. Traditional dentures normally have a 5-year lifespan, while implant-supported dentures enjoy 10 years of use.
Are Implant-supported Dentures Right for You?
Why not make an appointment to consult with one of our dentists and take the first step toward a healthy and happy smile?
We understand the importance of a healthy smile in leading a fulfilling life. With implant-supported dentures, you can regain your confidence, enjoy a wider range of foods, and experience an overall improvement in your quality of life. Let us help you achieve the smile you deserve!