How Do Implant-Supported Dentures Work?

Implant-supported dentures

Missing teeth can negatively impact your overall quality of life in a significant way—but there are effective solutions available for replacement such as implant-supported dentures.  Implant-supported dentures are a genius product from the efforts of skilled minds in the field of cosmetic dentistry.   Now if you are a viable candidate you can have an implant-supported denture–a type of overdenture that is secured and attached to implants.  A regular denture rests on the gums, and is not supported by implants.  An implant-supported denture is used when a patient doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture gains its stability by relying on special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants. The benefits of implant-supported dentures are increased stability, better security–you don’t have to worry about the denture falling out, and improved speech capabilities.  Patients also love the amount of foods they can return to eating that they couldn’t eat before. Learn about the amazing benefits of implant-supported dentures and how our team at Niles Family Dentistry can help you gain confidence in your smile again!

Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures

The use of implant-supported dentures has been successful for hundreds of thousands of people. The number of patients treated continues to grow as word spreads about the effectiveness and long-term durability. In fact, dental implants are reported to have the highest success rate of any implantable surgical device.  Many people who wear conventional dentures don’t wear them as often as they should/could because they don’t stay in place the way they want them to. Dental implants offer a way to keep dentures in place and allow you to go about your daily life with confidence.  The stability of implant-supported dentures can offer you the following amazing benefits:

  • Restores proper chewing improving digestion, diet and improved health
  • Improves speech and confidence
  • Decreases irritation of gum tissue 
  • Eliminates the need for denture adhesives and their accompanying cost
  • Inserted in a minimally invasive procedure
  • Gives you three times the biting force than the removable dentures broadening your menu selections

Another great advantage of implant-supported dentures is that if you have an implant-supported denture in your upper jaw, it can be made to cover less of your palate (roof of your mouth) than a regular denture.  The implants firmly hold it in place instead of the suction created between the full denture and your palate.


Implant-Supported Dentures Improve Your Overall Health

Not only are you able to chew and process food better with the added strength and stability implant-supported dentures offer you, but you also will see improvement in your overall health due to how the implant-supported dentures work in your mouth.  Traditional dentures are supported by the gums, and over time, the prosthetic teeth will wear down the soft tissues of the mouth. With implant-supported dentures, the structure is retained by the implants, which do not apply any added pressure to the gums.  Implant-supported dentures also provide continual stimulation to the jawbone protecting it against future bone loss.  When a patient has missing teeth, the underlying bone will typically deteriorate because it has stopped receiving stimulation from the tooth’s root. Implant-supported dentures not only protect against this condition, but can even cause the jawbone to regenerate after being placed.


Implant-Supported Dentures and Maintenance

As with conventional dentures, you will need to remove the implant-supported dentures at at night and for cleaning. You also should carefully clean around the attachments and your gums that are affected by the dentures. Some people prefer to have fixed (permanent) crown and bridgework in their mouths that can’t be removed. Dr. Niles will consider your particular needs and preferences when suggesting fixed or removable options to you. The clip or other attachments on the bar-retained denture usually will need to be replaced every 6 to 12 months. They are made of a plastic material (nylon) and will wear after continued use.  Upon receiving your implant-supported dentures, Dr. Niles will test all the parts of your new denture to see if they are secure.  It is normal to have the denture move slightly when you chew. Dr. Niles will make sure your dentures are fitting you properly and that your gums and your bite are aligned to make your dentures as comfortable as possible.


What Can You Expect From Your Implant-Supported Denture?

One of the most common questions patients have about implant-supported dentures is how the implants are placed. Dr. Niles will discuss the whole procedure with you during your consultation and is always available for any questions that you have.  The procedure is minimally invasive and takes  about an hour and can be done under local anesthesia.   Titanium implants are placed in the jaw and your existing denture is modified to sit comfortably over the implants during the healing phase.   Patients usually experience minor discomfort from the procedure.  Dr. Niles can prescribe medication to alleviate any pain you experience and can suggest a modified diet during the initial healing phase. After the implants have healed, posts (or abutments) are connected to the implants and your denture is modified to snap onto the abutments. The denture will be secure but can easily be removed for cleaning.  The implant-supported denture will be much more stable than a regular denture and you won’t have the worry that will become loose or fall out of your mouth.  Your speech will improve and so will your menu selections, however, you will still need to not chew hard or sticky foods because they can damage your denture. 


Call for a Consultation

If you are interested in learning more about the amazing benefits of implant-supported dentures and our services call Niles Family Dentistry today to make an appointment.  Implant-supported dentures will improve your ability to chew, eat, and speak and give you the security of knowing that your prosthetic teeth will not slip or move around in your mouth.   Call today for a consultation at (720) 744-0001.  Niles Family Dentistry serves the families of the Niwot, Longmont & Boulder communities. We look forward to meeting you and your family.


Ashley Niles

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