Following advanced tooth loss, patients may need a partial or full denture to completely restore the form and function of their smiles. Traditional dentures and partials are effective in partially restoring appearance and chewing ability, but they aren’t necessary the ideal way to improve overall oral health. For many patients, implant supported dentures offer improved stability and longevity, and they can even restore healthy supportive structures that are frequently diminished following tooth loss. If you want to learn more about traditional and dental implant supported dentures, contact The Art of Dentistry to schedule a tooth replacement consultation in our state-of-the-art Columbia dental office. We’ll walk you through all of your tooth replacement options and help you find the best treatment to meet your needs.
Dental Implant Placement
Implant supported denture restoration is completed in two phases – implant placement and restoration. During the initial phase, three to six implant posts are placed into the gum line. We begin by numbing the area. Then, we make a small incision in the gum line. The implant posts are placed into the soft tissue to the jawbone. A protective cap is placed over the implant, allowing the site to heal without covering the implant post, so we can attach the abutment and replacement tooth. For three to six months, the implant post will bond with the gum and bone tissue recreating the natural function of your tooth roots. In most cases, we can place a temporary partial or full denture throughout this process.
The cost of a dental implant procedure can vary based on several factors, including how many teeth you are missing, where in the jaw they are located, and whether or not you need to have a preparatory procedure completed first. It is not unusual to require a bone graft to strengthen the area before a dental implant can be placed. The only way to know for sure how much your dental implant procedure will cost in total is to schedule a consultation with your implant dentist. No matter the price, they are well worth the investment for a healthy, confident smile.
How Do I Take Care of Dental Implants?
Partial dentures are tooth replacement prosthetics that fill the gaps in smiles following extensive tooth loss. A gum colored base material is fitted between remaining healthy teeth to support replacement tooth structure. A number of implant posts are positioned to provide the optimal level of support for a partial denture.
Full dentures use a gum colored base to support an entire row of replacement teeth. In most cases, we need just four implant posts to support the denture, but as many as six or eight may be necessary in rare cases.
For some patients, implant overdentures offer a tooth replacement solution that makes the best of both traditional dentures and implant supported prosthetics. They have the added stability of implant posts, but they can be removed at home like traditional dentures. This makes them easier to clean and maintain for many patients.
Caring for Implant Dentures
Once your implant supported dentures are in place, you can brush them twice a day just like your regular teeth. We recommend that patients brush their denture or at least rinse their mouths between meals to remove food right away. To avoid allowing plaque to build up between the gums and denture, you may want to consider using a water flosser and/or an antimicrobial mouth rinse. A member of our team will be happy to walk you through the best oral hygiene products and at-home care techniques.