Implant Supported Dentures
Unfortunately, not everyone who owns standard dentures takes proper care of them. In too many cases, they wear and deteriorate either from neglect, discomfort, or sheer frustration over them not staying in position. Here at Greater Charlotte Oral and Facial Surgery, you'll find an alternative to make dentures falling out of alignment a thing of the past, enabling you to perform everyday tasks with renewed self-confidence and self-image. This solution bringing joy back to our visitors' lives is implant-supported dentures.
More commonly called "anchored" dentures, these are a proven effective and inexpensive method to combine the stable foundation of an anchored implant with the convenience of a removable prosthesis. Across the dental industry, this modern marvel is growing increasingly popular among patients. If you or a loved one wish to upgrade from your current set of dentures or are looking to get your first pair and have any further questions, please contact us to schedule an appointment with us today.
What Is An Implant-Supported Denture?
As the name implies, this is a type of denture attached to strategically placed dental implants. Unlike traditional dentures, which only rest on your gum lines, this anchored version adds the benefit of reinforcement thanks to the implants' support. We accomplish this via custom attachments that snap onto the implants.
Who Is A Candidate For Implant-Supported Dentures?
Anchored dentures are normally aimed at patients who:
Candidates must have a sufficient amount of jawbone to hold the implants properly. In most cases, those who elect to receive implant-supported dentures are people who already own a traditional set. Anchored dentures are normally made for the lower jaw because standard dentures more often than not lack stability in that area. Granted, traditional dentures can also be fitted for your more stable upper jaw.
The procedure usually places these implants within the jawbone at the front of your mouth because it typically offers more available bone compared to the back of the jaw. This is most often the case with bone loss resulting from teeth that were lost a significant amount of time ago. The jawbone needs stimulation to stay strong, no different from how muscles require stimulation from regular exercise. When a tooth is gone, that stimulation on the jawbone goes with it, leading to bone loss in that area. The front jaw is also favored due to not having many nerves or other structures that might become an obstacle to the placement of your implants.
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures Made From?
This type of denture is constructed using an acrylic foundation modeled off of your real gums for as natural of an appearance as possible. When the base is complete, porcelain or acrylic teeth similarly built to resemble your natural teeth are attached.
How is the Procedure Done?
Anchored dentures start with four titanium posts placed at specific points across the upper and lower jaw. Through 3D digital imaging technology, we measure the precise locations of bone, nerves, and sinuses to ensure optimal long-term effectiveness for the implants. After determining the positions, each area is numbed with a local anesthetic. Amir Marashi, MD, DDS, FACS will then insert the posts, after which the implants are set. Upon finishing treatment and allowing the area time to heal, your new dentures will at last be fitted for you.
Advantages of Implant-Supported Dentures
Remember, for any further questions you or a loved one may have about implant-supported dentures or to schedule a consultation with Amir Marashi, MD, DDS, FACS, contact us.