If you currently wear or are considering removable dentures, you may benefit from implant-supported dentures. Custom dentures can be paired with dental implants to provide a secure, comfortable fit. Dental implants keep dentures firmly in place, preventing the slipping that is commonly experienced with removable dentures. Find out more about the benefits of implant-supported dentures in this overview from San Antonio dentist Joseph Perry.
As the name suggests, implant-supported dentures are dentures held in place by dental implants. Dental implants are small titanium posts, which are surgically placed within the jawbone. As the jawbone heals around the dental implants, a permanent bond is formed. Special dentures are custom-made to fit both the patient and the dental implants. The dentures are anchored to the implants with a bar or stud attachment. Bar and stud attachments keep the dentures in place at all times, even when eating and talking. There are many benefits of implant-supported dentures, including:
Though many patients make great candidates for implant-supported dentures, not everyone who has missing teeth can undergo this treatment. Because implant-supported denture treatment requires minor oral surgery, qualifying patients must be healthy enough to undergo surgery. Those with uncontrolled diabetes, severe gum disease, or heart conditions may not be acceptable candidates. Candidates for implant-supported dentures should be in good oral and overall health, missing all or most of their teeth, and have sufficient jawbone for surgery. For those with inadequate jawbone, a bone graft may be performed to provide sufficient bone for dental implant treatment. Candidates include:
Don't let missing teeth hold you back from enjoying life. With implant-supported dentures, you'll be able to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Perry to find out if you're a candidate.
Dr Perry is a great dentist. Very kind and informative. I feel like he is personally invested in my health. He always takes the time to sit and discuss any issues I'm having - I never feel like they're rushing me out.