Benefits of dentures supported by dental implants

What are implant-supported dentures?

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By adding just a few dental implants, you can lock your dentures securely in place and improve their fit

Implant-supported dentures, also known as overdentures or snap-on-dentures, are dentures which are anchored onto several dental implants. Regular dentures are only supported by your gum tissue. As a result, they can feel loose, uncomfortable, and even create painful lesions in your mouth. By adding just a few dental implants you can lock your dentures securely in place and improve their fit. The addition of a few dental implants makes your false teeth much more stable and improves your chewing efficiency. Additionally, implant-supported dentures are designed to be smaller than traditional dentures, which improves your comfort level.

If you’re not happy with the fit of your dentures then we recommend that you consider implant-supported dentures. To learn more about implant-supported dentures schedule a consultation with a dental implant specialist near you.

What are the benefits of wearing overdentures as compared to regular dentures?

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Implant-supported dentures offer an affordable solution to improve your denture fit and feel

If you’re unhappy with your dentures then you should consider options involving dental implants. By adding just a few dental implants you can stabilize your dentures and improve their fit and function. Treatment is easy, affordable, and generally takes a few weeks or months to complete. Here are some benefits of wearing implant-supported dentures as compared to traditional dentures:

Enhanced stability & security

A major advantage of implant-supported dentures is their added security and stability. Dental implants stabilize your false teeth so they don’t move as much. This means that you get to eat and talk more comfortably and you can smile with more confidence. Plus, you no longer have to worry about your teeth flying accidentally!

Improved chewing ability

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Dental implants act as an anchor to hold your false teeth in place to keep them from moving when eating

Implant-supported dentures are much more stable than traditional dentures. As a result, they don’t rock as much when you’re chewing your food. The dental implants act as anchors to fasten and secure your false teeth in their place. This keeps your dentures less likely to move and rocking when you are chewing your food. Therefore, implant-supported dentures allow you eat a larger variety of food objects with greater ease and comfort.

Less denture-related complications

Wearing dentures can be a constant struggle for many people. Some of the most common problems with dentures include:

  • Dentures require routine maintenance and frequent do overs
  • Dentures break easily if you accidentally drop them
  • False teeth always loosen over time
  • The acrylic teeth wear flat quickly and they lose their chewing capability

Wearing overdentures doesn’t resolve all of these issues, but it does make your denture feel much more comfortable in your mouth. Adding just a few dental implants improves your denture fit as compared to regular dentures. Overdentures are more stable, which causes less gum irritation and fewer sore spots in your mouth. Plus, with implant-supported dentures, you won’t have to worry about using all that annoying denture cream ever again!

Jawbone preservation

A final benefit of implant-supported dentures is that they help protect your valuable jawbone. Losing all of your teeth causes your jawbone to shrink rapidly. Without teeth, your jawbone goes into a state of accelerated atrophy. You lose bone 3 to 4 times faster as compared to when you had your teeth. By adding just a few dental implants, you can reduce the pressure exerted onto your jawbone. This helps preserve your facial bone structure to make you feel younger and look healthier.

What are the different types of implant-supported dentures?

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    You need a minimum of 2 dental implants to support overdentures.

Implant-supported dentures consist of several dental implants and a set of dentures. The only difference in the types of overdentures is the number of dental implants used to secure your denture. You require a minimum of 2 dental implants per arch to support your dentures. However, some cases require more than two implants. Here are three most common treatment options when it comes to stabilizing using dental implants:

2 dental implants plus an overdenture

The minimum number of implants required to make implant-supported dentures is two dental implants. Your two dental implants will be distributed evenly, one on the right and one on the left, to provide for bilateral stability. This treatment option is ideal if you have no more teeth left on the top or bottom and simply want your teeth to be a little more stable. Overdentures supported by two dental implants typically require annual visits to the dentist to replace the connector part, known as O-rings, which connects your false teeth to the implants.

4 or 6 dental implants plus an overdenture

Adding 4 or 6 dental implants gives you double or tripe the support. This is a better long-term solution for having stable dentures. First off, should one implant or connector become loose, you still have several more dental implants that secure your dentures in place. In contrast, with 2 dental implants if anything goes wrong you have to redo your entire treatment. Additionally, when you place 4 or 6 dental implants, your dentist can remove the portion of denture that covers the roof of your mouth (referring to upper dentures only). You can’t accomplish this when placing just 2 dental implants, as the support from the roof of your mouth is still required. Of course, adding a few more dental implants will also add to your costs. Talk to your dentist to decide which option is best suited to your needs to see if the additional implants are worth it.

Implant-supported bar plus an overdenture

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Implant retained bar provides maximum stability among all overdenture treatment options

The most stable overdenture is one that attaches to a denture bar. Placing a denture bar requires between 4 to 6 dental implants for proper support. Implant-supported bars provide the highest level of stability among all removable denture treatment options. However, adding several dental implants plus a denture bar makes your treatment costs skyrocket. In many cases, the cost of an implant-supported bar overdenture starts to approach that of all-on-four teeth. It might not be a bad idea to consider all-on-four teeth as an alternative to denture-bar whenever applicable.

Each treatment option discussed above offers a varying degree of support and stability but they also come at significantly different price points. Schedule a consultation with a dental implant specialist near you to see which option best suits your needs. Your dentist will evaluate your jaw size, arch curvature, bone quality, bite forces, diet, opposing teeth structure, etc. Only then can they determine which implant-supported denture option is best suited to your specific needs.

Implant supported denture treatment in San Clemente, Orange County

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Stop struggling with ill-fitting dentures and come in today for your free consultation

If you’d like to learn more about your treatment options involving implants and dentures, request a complimentary consultation with us today. Call (949)481-2540 or book your consult online today. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will present you with a range of suitable treatment options. We will work with you to come up with a treatment plan that suits your needs and fits into your budget. Stop struggling with ill-fitting dentures and come in to our San Clemente office for a consultation today. You can also fill out the form below to ask us any questions or schedule your consult today:

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Definition of Dental Implant Terminology

Abutment

An abutment is a dental implant component which connects the implant post to the implant crown. Abutments are typically made from metal, although full ceramic options are available as well.

All-on-four dental implants

A full set of prosthetic teeth which is completely supported by four or more dental implants. All-on-four teeth replace all of your missing teeth in each arch with fixed, permanent teeth made from porcelain or zirconia.

Bone Graft

Bone substance used to preserve and restore jaw bone during dental implant treatment. Bone graft comes in many varieties including synthetic bone cadaver bone, animal bone and your own bone.

Ceramic Implant Post

A dental implant post which is made from zirconia instead of traditional titanium alloy. Zirconia dental implant posts are a good option for those allergic to metals or suffering from autoimmune conditions where they don’t react well to titanium.

Crown (Implant crown)

A crown is an artificial tooth, consisting of porcelain or ceramic, which covers the implant to resemble a tooth. Crowns function and look like your natural teeth.

CT Scan (or CBCT scan)

A 3-D image of your jaw structure used in implant dentistry. CT scans capture vital structures and your bone thickness to better assist your dentist in correctly positioning your implant posts.

Dental Implant

An artificial tooth which fully replaces your missing tooth. Dental implants typically consist of three parts: Implant post, abutment and crown.

Denture

Removable teeth which replace your missing teeth and supporting gum tissue. There are many different types of dentures based on how many teeth you are missing and where these teeth are located.

Full mouth dental implants

A complex process to replace all of your teeth with dental implants. Full mouth dental implants requires building up your bone and replacing your teeth with 8 to 12 dental implants. The end results is fixed, permanent crowns and bridges fully supported by dental implants.

Healing Cap (Permucosal extension)

An implant part which temporarily attaches to your implant post. Healing caps are typically placed during second stage surgery. They remain in place for a few weeks and allow your gums to properly form around the implant in anticipation of your final crown.

Immediate load

A process by which an implant post receives a temporary crown or denture the same day as it is placed. Immediate load is only recommended for teeth-in-a-day or missing front teeth in those who qualify.

Immediate placement

A process by which your dentist removes your bad tooth and places the implant post in one day. Immediate load is recommended for teeth which don’t have extensive bone loss or infection.

Implant dentistry

A branch of dentistry which focuses on restoring your missing teeth with dental implants or implant supported prosthesis. Typically performed by experienced general dentists, periodontists and oral surgeons.

Implant post

A screw-like device which is placed in your jaw bone. Implant posts are usually made from titanium or zircoina. Implant posts are used to support crowns, bridges or dentures.

Osseointergation

A process by which the implant post fuses and locks into your jaw bone. Osseointegration usually takes between 3 to 9 months, depending on the quality of your jaw bone and overall health.

Overdentures

A set of dentures anchored in place via 2 to 4 implant posts or an implant bar. Overdentures are still removable dentures, however, they are more stable since they are supported by a few implant posts.

Second stage surgery

A minor procedure performed after your dental implants complete their osseointegration. Your dentist exposes the implant posts, placed healing caps on them and sutures your gums to allow them to heal properly.

Teeth-in-a-day

A process by which your bad teeth are removed and a set of teeth are inserted into your mouth all on the same day. Teeth-in-a-day is temporarily placed screwed in place while your dental implants continue to heal so that you are not walking around toothless during the recovery period.

Oceansight Dental & Implants

General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry

Office of Ali John Jazayeri

106 S Ola Vista

San Clemente, CA 92672

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