Are you a current or potential wearer of traditional dentures, but interested in a more convenient and comfortable alternative to tooth replacement and smile enhancement? Traditional dentures can sometimes cause gum irritation, require time-consuming maintenance, and move, slip, or even fall out of your mouth. If you are experiencing these issues—or if you wish to avoid these problems altogether—implant-supported dentures may be the perfect solution.
Also known as implant dentures or anchored dentures, implant-supported dentures are full arch tooth restorations designed to replace entire rows of missing or badly damaged teeth. Unlike removable dentures, implant dentures are anchored in place via dental implants, allowing for a more comfortable and stronger fit.
At Innovative Dental of Springfield, our skilled cosmetic dentist—Dr. Grant Olson—offers several full mouth restoration options using truly innovative techniques. With his advanced training and extensive experience, Dr. Olson can give you new teeth that look, feel, and function more like natural, permanent parts of your mouth.
If you are interested in learning more about implant-supported dentures, we invite you to continue reading the informative sections provided throughout this page, or simply contact Innovative Dental today to schedule a consultation.
Anchored dentures can be an effective treatment option for many patients who are looking for an alternative to traditional dentures. Among numerous benefits, implant-supported dentures can:
Ideal candidates for implant dentures are those who need to replace all of the teeth on one or both dental arches. Many current traditional denture patients make the switch to implant dentures for improved comfort, function, and aesthetics. However, in order to ensure the highest possibility of treatment success, it is important that patients have good overall oral health and sufficient jawbone density to support the implants. During your consultation, one of our dentists will thoroughly assess your bite, jaw, and oral structures in order to determine whether you are a good candidate for implant-supported dentures. In cases where patients are not good candidates, we can discuss alternative full-arch replacement solutions with you.
All-on-4® and All-on-6 are specific types of fixed implant-supported dentures that offer an innovative full mouth rehabilitation solution for patients to combine the coverage of a denture with the security and convenience of dental implants. Using advanced surgically-guided dental implant placement techniques, your dentist can precisely locate between 4 and 6 implants per arch to be used to anchor a custom denture prosthetic. Similar to single-tooth dental implants, the implant posts used to support an All-on-4® or All-on-6 denture fuse with the jawbone, making them a permanent part of your mouth while mimicking the look and feel of natural teeth. All-on-4® and All-on-6 implant dentures are easily maintained with regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups, and they take the worry out of slippage or unexpected movements that often accompany traditional dentures.
Implant-supported dentures are often considered a more convenient and natural-looking solution to tooth loss due to their many advantages over traditional dentures, including enhanced comfort, security, and aesthetics. Traditional dentures can still provide an effective solution to tooth loss for many patients, but since they are removable, they often require significant amounts of maintenance, such as cleaning, sanitizing, and applying new adhesives. By contrast, implant dentures are anchored securely in the mouth using dental implants, and they can be cared for in essentially the same way that you would care for your natural teeth—regular brushing and flossing along with routine professional cleanings.
One of the major potential consequences associated with missing teeth is bone resorption, a process in which the body begins reabsorbing jawbone tissue. This loss of jawbone density can cause bite misalignment, further tooth loss, and even changes in facial proportions. An implant-anchored prosthesis can help prevent these changes, as dental implants stimulate the underlying bone and tissue in the mouth, preventing further jaw deterioration and preserving your facial structures. Traditional dentures merely sit on top of the gumline, and many patients end up needing new denture prosthetics over time due to changes in their jaw and face shape caused by resorption. Implant dentures also mitigate much of the gum irritation associated with traditional dentures, as they are fixed in place and should not slip or move around within the mouth.
Ultimately, both traditional and implant dentures offer a viable solution to missing or severely damaged teeth. During a consultation, Dr. Olson will discuss candidacy, benefits, and possible denture alternatives with you in order to help determine what the ideal full arch replacement option is for your needs. Contact Innovative Dental today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.
With proper care, your implant-supported dentures can last for decades or even a lifetime. The dental implants used to secure the restoration are designed to fuse fully with the jawbone, effectively becoming a permanent part of your mouth. This creates a strong, stable foundation for your denture appliance, which is also fabricated using top-of-the-line dental materials. While your dentures are designed to be highly durable, the biting and chewing surfaces can still accumulate wear over time. If this occurs, your dentist can help you determine if a new prosthetic is necessary. Since the implants themselves are a permanent part of your mouth, a new set of dentures can typically be placed without the need for further surgery.
Since implant dentures are securely affixed within the mouth, they should be cared for much like your natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing, a healthy diet, and routine professional cleanings can help optimize your oral health and keep your dentures in good condition. While attending to your oral hygiene routine, it is especially important to brush and floss thoroughly, paying close attention to the gums and gaps between the teeth. A good alcohol-free mouthwash can help further reduce bacterial buildup and keep your mouth feeling fresh and clean.
Due to the customization involved in the implant denture process, the total cost of treatment varies from patient to patient. Some of the most common factors that can influence pricing for implant-supported dentures from one practice to another include:
At Innovative Dental, we never want the cost of treatment to stand in the way of your smile goals, which is why we partner with LendingClub® and CareCredit® to offer various financing options that can bring the price of implant dentures into virtually any budget. You can conveniently apply online for the payment plan of your choice, or if desired, a member of our team can help you get started on the application process at the time of your visit.
Generally, dental implant surgery and recovery is not a painful process. During the procedure, a local anesthetic is applied to numb the areas where the implants will be placed to avoid discomfort. Following surgery, the affected areas may feel some sensitivity or soreness but that can typically be managed with medication as prescribed and directed.
When performed by a highly-qualified, experienced dentist who is assisted by advanced planning technology, implant dentures can be very safe and successful in improving a patient’s smile and oral health. Although any type of surgery may be associated with some degree of risk, a trained implant dentist can help to minimize these risks. During an evaluation, one of our dentists can assess the patient’s oral health and jawbone density to ensure they are a good candidate and have the best possible chance of a safe, effective dental implant surgery.
The number of dental implants needed to support a custom denture prosthesis typically ranges between two and eight implants, depending on the strength and adequacy of the jawbone density. When possible, our team may recommend All-on-4® and All-on-6 implant options, which implement four or six implants per arch restoration. Your dentist will be able to better determine the number of implants required to support the dental arch after reviewing digital x-rays and the overall health of the patient’s jawbone and mouth.
Depending on the patient, implant-supported dentures at Innovative Dental can begin to transform your smile in one visit with same-day restorations. The process begins with digital imaging and x-rays to determine the exact number and placement of the dental implants, which will then be surgically inserted and anchored into the jawbone. Our dentists can often use progressive technology that can help to expedite rapid bonding between the implant and jawbone for faster results, however, it may take up to six months for the implant-to-bone fusion, a process called osseointegration, to fully complete.
Immediately following the surgical procedure, Dr. Olson will provide a temporary custom denture prosthetic that can be worn throughout the osseointegration time frame until the implants are integrated. At that time, the final denture appliance can be securely attached and any adjustments can be made to ensure the most natural-looking outcome possible..
If you have any additional questions about implant-supported dentures, or if you are interested in scheduling a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Olson, please contact us today.