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Implant-supported dentures can be a good solution for individuals who have lost multiple teeth but still have enough bone structure to support the implants. Unlike traditional dentures that sit directly on the gums, implant dentures attach to posts secured into the jaw, which provides additional stability. The following are a few of the most common questions that we get from patients regarding implant-supported dentures in South Hampton Roads.
How Do Implant-Supported Dentures Work?
Replacing missing teeth is essential for the aesthetics of your smile as well as healthy eating habits. Traditional dentures can slip when eating or talking, which can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Affordable quality implant-supported dentures can be used to replace missing teeth on both the upper and lower arches. The denture, which can be either permanent or removable, is anchored to implant posts in the jaw.
What Should I Expect When Getting Implant-supported Dentures?
During the initial consultation, the dentist will assess your overall oral health and determine which denture options are best suited to your needs. If you and your dentist choose to proceed with implant dentures, we will schedule a second appointment during which the dentist will implant the ball-shaped posts or metal bar into your jaw which will be used to anchor the denture. Depending on your situation, anywhere from two to six posts may be required. After the implant and the surrounding bone have been allowed to fuse together for a few months, you will return to our office so that the dentist can expose the implant by creating a small incision. Approximately 10 to 14 days later, you will return for your final appointment during which the denture is attached to the implants. The process typically takes five to seven months to complete; however, some patients may be candidates for a new one-step procedure.
How Much Can I Expect to Spend for Affordable Quality Implant-supported Dentures?
The cost of denture implants depends on the number of implants needed, the type of implants that you choose, the specific procedure used, and any other dental concerns that may need to be addressed. In general, implant-supported dentures are an affordable way to improve the health and aesthetics of your smile. We can tell you more about your exact implant-supported dentures cost following your initial consultation.
Why Choose Implants Over Traditional Dentures?
Many of our patients prefer implant-supported dentures over traditional dentures because the added stability means a more natural feel and better function. You don’t have to worry about messy adhesives or your dentures slipping at inconvenient times.
How Do I Care for My Implant-supported Dentures?
If your implant-supported dentures are fixed, you care for them the same way as natural teeth. If you opt for removable dentures, you will need to take them out nightly for cleaning. You should also see your dentist regularly so that the implant attachments can be inspected and adjustments made to the denture if necessary.
How Will Implant-supported Dentures Benefit Me?
Since implants are secured to the jaw, you can eat and talk with greater ease and confidence. Implants also help to slow the bone loss that typically occurs with traditional dentures.
Take the first step toward a better smile by calling us today to schedule a consultation.