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Are you smiling less because you are missing teeth? If so, you may be glad to know that you have options. Implant-supported dentures are one of your best options to restore your smile.

For decades, traditional dentures were your only option for replacing missing teeth. While dentures are a good, reasonably-priced option, they often look fake and they can slip and slide – and even fall out! More recently, dentists began offering dental implants, which were more natural-looking and secure, but also pricier. If you have just one missing tooth, a single dental implant may be right for you. However, if you are missing several teeth in one area an implant-supported denture may be your best option.

Implant-supported dentures bridge the gap between dentures and implants by providing natural-looking teeth at an affordable price. An implant-supported denture replaces several teeth all at once, which makes them perfect for you if you have lost most of your teeth on your upper or your lower jaw.

Dental implants require at least two dental implants for support. Depending on your specific situation and to get the best results possible, your dentist may recommend four to six implants to hold the overdenture securely.

The Dental Implant Procedure

Implant-supported dentures combine the state-of-the-art technology of dental implants with traditional dentures. There are two main parts to implant-supported dentures are the metal post that serves as an anchor and the overdenture, which is a removable prosthesis that looks like your natural teeth.

The process of getting implant-supported dentures for tooth implants involves several steps. After your initial consultation to determine if implant-supported dentures are right for you, you will return for placement of the metal posts that will serve as the support for the dentures. Your dentist places the titanium post into your jawbone. Over the next few months, the bone in your jaw will fuse with the metal implant in a process known as osseointegration. This process takes a few months, but creates a sturdy anchor that will eventually hold dentures. Your dentist will also make a mold of your teeth, and send the impression to the laboratory that makes your overdenture.

After osseointegration is complete and your overdenture is available, you’ll return to your dentist’s office. During this appointment, your dentist fits the overdenture to your mouth. The overdentures attach to the implants. You can remove the dentures if you like, but unlike traditional dentures, you really don’t need to remove them.

While implant-supported dentures can replace some or all of the teeth in your upper and lower jaw, they are most commonly used for tooth replacement on the lower jaw, as they offer more stability and support than do traditional dentures.

Implant-Supported Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures

Traditional dentures make it easier to eat, drink and speak, and they are relatively inexpensive. Almost anyone who is missing most or all of their teeth can wear traditional dentures.

Despite being the most common way to replace missing teeth, dentures are not perfect. Dentures sit on top of the gums, where they can slip and slide when you talk or eat. Adhesives can help keep them in place, but your dentures can still loosen throughout the day. Certain foods can also dislodge your dentures.

Because they are attached to the implants that have fused to your jawbone, implant-supported dentures are much more stable. Implant-supported dentures do not require adhesives and will not become dislodged by foods.

Traditional dentures can also be uncomfortable. Because they can move around inside your mouth throughout the day, dentures can irritate your gums and other soft oral tissues to cause painful “hotspots.”  Dental implants, in contrast, will never move around inside of your mouth. They also look and feel like your natural teeth, so nobody will know that you have missing teeth.

Implant-supported dentures also help keep your jawbone strong and healthy. When you bite and chew food, the force of biting and chewing creates pressure that travels down your tooth, into the tooth root, and then into your jaw. This pressure stimulates the healthy breakdown and regrowth of the bone that holds your teeth in place. Because they sit on top of the jaw, dentures do not stimulate bone growth, so the bone actually loses density and strength; significant bone loss can occur, and this can lead to even more lost teeth. The dental implants that hold overdentures stimulate bone growth.

Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures offer a number of benefits, including:

  • Comfort and stability, even when you are eating or speaking
  • Easy care – brush them like you would your natural teeth
  • Preserving the strength of your jawbone to minimize bone loss
  • Wider food options – you can even eat chewy or crunchy foods that can damage traditional dentures
  • Restoring your teeth and confidence, giving you something to smile about
  • Dental implant cost may be lower than you think

311 Dental provides the implant supported dentures Bolingbrook residents rely on for a great smile!

For more information on implant supported dentures Bolingbrook residents love, consult with your Bolingbrook dentist at 311 Dental. Our team of dedicated and compassionate dental professionals are glad to help you learn how you can smile more with implant-supported dentures.


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