Dentures & Implants Together: Achieve Your Best Smile
If you wear dentures, you’re no stranger to the struggles of dealing with traditional tooth replacement. Fortunately, there’s another option for those who are missing all their teeth—implant dentures in Chicago, IL. At Pure Dental Spa, our uniquely qualified team offers a new lease on life with this treatment. Interested in learning more? Contact us and schedule a consultation today!
What Are Implant Dentures?
Simply put, implant dentures are full dentures that attach to dental implants instead of resting on top of the gums. The implants serve as anchors and hold the dentures firmly in place. As a result, you can have a much stronger bite than you would have with traditional dentures, enabling you to have a more nutritious diet and a more confident smile.
Fixed/Permanent Implant Dentures
Most of the time, patients want their dentures to be completely secure. Fixed implant dentures can only be removed by your dentist, which means your smile isn’t going anywhere once your dentures are bonded to the implants. After that point, you can treat them just as you would natural teeth.
Removable Implant Dentures
If you would like to have the capability to take your dentures out, we can make your implant dentures removable. Instead of being bonded directly to the implant posts, your dentures can “snap” in and out of place. Your prosthetic teeth will still be stable, but you can remove them if you want.
The Implant Denture Procedure
After having a consultation with our team, we can take care of any preliminary work, such as gum disease therapy or tooth extraction, that may be necessary. Then, our oral surgeon in Lincoln Park will position between four and six implants in certain places throughout the arch to support your dentures. After the placement procedure, we need to let the jawbone heal and grow around the implants. When this process, which is called osseointegration, is complete, we can take impressions of your arches and have your custom dentures fabricated and placed in your mouth.
Am I A Candidate For Implant Dentures?
In order to qualify for implant dentures, you have to meet certain criteria. First, you must have no remaining healthy teeth. Second, your mouth needs to be in healthy condition, which means you cannot have gum disease or another infection. And finally, your jawbone has to be strong enough to support implant dentures. Fortunately, even if you don’t initially make a good candidate, we can help you become eligible for this treatment. For instance, if you currently have a weak or deteriorated jawbone, we can reinforce it with a bone graft.
Benefits Of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
If you already have traditional dentures, you may be wondering why you should go through the trouble of getting implants to go with your dentures. The truth is that implant dentures resolve almost all the common problems people have with traditional dentures. For example, while normal dentures can slip around while you try to eat certain foods, implant dentures are firmly attached to the jawbone, allowing you the freedom to eat whatever you’d like. Implant dentures also tend to last much longer because they prevent jawbone shrinkage. Plus, when you choose to replace your missing teeth with implant dentures, you can enjoy all the benefits of implants with just a few of them. In other words, you don’t need an implant for each missing tooth!