Implant-supported dentures are the perfect solution for patients suffering from significant tooth loss. Unlike traditional dentures, these prosthetics are anchored securely in the mouth with dental implants. This provides a more stable, comfortable, and natural solution for missing teeth. Our patients who choose implant dentures over traditional dentures have more confidence when they speak and eat. Dr. E. Taylor Meiser offers implant-supported dentures in Annapolis, MD for patients missing an entire upper or lower arch of teeth.
What are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures are dental prosthetics that are securely attached to dental implants. The implants are anchored in the jawbone, providing a firm foundation for the denture. These dentures offer a stable and natural-looking solution for patients missing all or most of their teeth on the top or bottom jaw. They provide enhanced chewing ability, and prevent bone loss in the jaw.
Am I Candidate for an Implant-Supported Denture?
If you have lost a significant number of teeth, have good overall health, and adequate bone density to support dental implants, then you will likely qualify for dental implants. A thorough dental evaluation, including X-rays and oral health assessments, will help Dr. Maiser determine if you are a suitable patient for this tooth loss treatment.
If you lack the bone density required to support the implants, then you may need a bone graft. This procedure builds up the bone tissue in the jaw, giving the implants a better chance of success. You may also need dental extractions or gum disease treatment. These treatments provide a healthy oral environment, promoting the success of the dental implant procedure.
Types of Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures can be fixed in place or removable. The type that you need depends on several factors, including the amount of available bone tissue and budget.
Fixed Implant-Supported Dentures
Fixed implant-supported dentures, also known as permanent dentures or screw-in dentures, are a type of dental restoration where a denture is secured to dental implants and cannot be removed by the patient. They provide maximum stability and function similarly to natural teeth. Many patients prefer this option due to its convenience and lifelike appearance. The downside to fixed implant supported dentures is that they require more bone tissue to support the implants.
Removable Implant-Supported Dentures
Removable implant-supported dentures, also known as snap-on dentures, can be taken out by the patient for cleaning and maintenance. These dentures are attached to the implants using special attachments, ensuring a snug fit while allowing for easy removal. Removable implant-supported dentures offer excellent stability and are a more affordable option for many patients. This is a sufficient option for patients who may be lacking bone tissue.
Advantages of Implant-Supported Dentures
- Improved Stability: Implant-supported dentures offer superior stability and prevent slipping or clicking, which is common with traditional dentures. This stability enhances the wearer’s confidence during speaking and eating.
- Enhanced Chewing Ability: With a secure foundation provided by dental implants, patients with implant-supported dentures can enjoy a greater variety of foods, including more healthy foods. This type of restoration allows them to chew more efficiently compared to a traditional denture.
- Preserves Jawbone Health: Dental implants will stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss. This helps maintain facial structure and prevents the sunken appearance often associated with missing teeth. Traditional dentures do not prevent bone loss.
- Long-lasting Solution: With proper care and regular dental check-ups, implant-supported dentures can last for many years, providing a long-term and reliable solution for tooth loss.
Learn More About Dental Implants
- Implant Dentistry
- What is a Dental Implant?
- Dental Implants FAQs
- Benefits of Dental Implants
- Implant-Supported Crown
- Implant-Supported Bridge
- The Cost of Dental Implants
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Meiser today to see if you qualify for implant-supported dentures in Annapolis, MD. You can reach our dental practice by calling 410-324-7287 or request an appointment online.