Anchored Dentures and Denture Replacement
It’s very common for patients who have full or partial sets of dentures to experience uncomfortable movement of the dentures above the gums, causing irritation to the soft oral tissues and underlying bone structure. Implant supported dentures are affixed dentures that are supported by dental implants, ultimately adding significant strength to the dentures and virtually eliminating movement and slippage. Our experienced dentists, Dr. John D. Beckwith and Dr. Arlene O’Brien, provide individually-tailored treatment plans that can help you achieve greater comfort, functionality, and aesthetic results from your dentures. If you are experiencing uncomfortable or loose-fitting dentures, our experts can provide you with customized implant supported dentures to secure them in place.
Dr. Beckwith and Dr. O’Brien at Cornerstone Dental are exceptionally skilled dentists who make continued education and pursuit of the latest dental techniques a high priority. They focus on impeccable safety measures, advanced procedures, and exemplary results for all of our patients, and are committed to providing you with the most comfortable and effective treatment possible.
What are Implant Supported Dentures?
Implant supported dentures are a life-changing permanent solution to uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing dentures that use unpleasant adhesives or pastes. These implant supported dentures are supported by dental implants generating the strength and stability to function and look like your normal teeth. Enjoy the freedom to smile with confidence and eat foods once restricted with traditional dentures.
Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures can provide multiple benefits for your teeth and the appearance of your smile with results that look and feel natural. Some of the benefits of anchored dentures include:
- Virtually eliminates movement and slippage along the gums
- No more dealing with adhesives and pastes
- Enjoy foods such as corn, steak, apples, etc.
- Easier maintenance
- Enhanced functionality
- More aesthetically pleasing appearance
- Provides added, durable support for dentures and reduces harm and wear on the gums
- Helps reduce bone loss
- Improves chewing
During your initial consultation with Dr. Beckwith, he will discuss all aspects of your treatment with you and determine whether implant supported dentures are the best option for your needs.
Are You a Candidate for Implant Supported Dentures?
You will be given a comprehensive oral examination here at our practice to determine your candidacy for implant supported dentures. Candidates for this procedure often include patients who:
- have missing teeth and are seeking stronger alternatives to traditional dentures or dental bridges
- currently have a dental bridge that is falling apart or is affecting bone growth
- have adequate jawbone density to support the dental implants
If you are not a candidate for implant supported dentures, Dr. Beckwith can recommend dental implant alternatives that help you attain your goals. Options such as mini dental implants are a less invasive dental implant procedure, and can often help patients without the jawbone density required for full dental implants. Implant supported dentures have become a hallmark of our practice because of the advanced technology we use. We are committed to providing you with the most effective, long-lasting missing teeth replacement results.
The Implant Supported Dentures Procedure
After meeting with our experienced dentists for your initial consultation to determine your candidacy for implant supported dentures, we will conduct a detailed oral evaluation and create a precise and accurate map of your mouth structures with the advanced ScanX Digital Panoramic X-Ray System. He will also utilize CBCT technology (also known as a CAT scan) to complete a thorough diagnostic test that allows for precise, computer-guided surgery. Following this in-depth planning process, , Dr. Beckwith will surgically place titanium implants into the gum, where they will eventually fuse with the jawbone to become a permanent part of your mouth. This process will ultimately give your dentures optimal support and stability. This fusion process, called osseointegration, takes approximately three to six months. Once the implants have adequately fused to the jawbone, the dentures will be fastened onto them, creating a more comfortable and stable fit, and virtually eliminating the potential for movement.
Implant supported dentures typically make it easier to chew food and reduce the problems often associated with traditional dentures and bridges. Plus, they look and function more like natural teeth, which can restore your confidence in your smile.
Contact Cornerstone Dental For More Information
If you currently have dentures and would like to know more about your dental implant options, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Beckwith, please contact our practice today.