Implant-supported dentures have revolutionized the world of dental prosthetics and denture designs offering a modern alternative that enhances your confidence and quality of life.
As a specialist in implant therapy, Texas Institute of Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery offers a wide variety of implant options to people living in Midlothian, Waxahachie, Mansfield, Cedar Hill, and the Ellis, Tarrant, and Dallas County, TX areas. Even if you assumed that dental implants weren’t right for you, implant-supported dentures are a perfect upgrade from traditional, removable “plate” style dentures.
What are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures are a type of hybrid dental prosthetic designed to offer better stability, comfort, and performance. Unlike traditional dentures, which rely solely on adhesives and suction for stability, implant-supported dentures are anchored securely to dental implants surgically placed in the jawbone. They snap in and out of place, so they’re still removable, but the implants hold them securely throughout the day.
The procedure for getting a snap-on denture typically involves the placement of four to six dental implants per arch, depending on your individual needs. Once the implants are securely integrated with the bone, the denture is fitted with special locators that attach to the implants. You can think of them as small clips or buttons that match up with your implants.
Advantages of Implant-Supported Dentures
Enhanced Stability and Comfort:
One of the primary advantages of what’s also called an “overdenture” is its remarkable stability. Traditional dentures can sometimes slip or shift, causing discomfort and embarrassment. Implant-supported dentures stay firmly in place, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile without worrying about your denture moving around.
Improved Chewing Function:
With the added support of dental implants, you can enjoy a more diverse and nutritious diet. Overdentures help restore up to 90% of your natural chewing function, allowing you to savor your favorite foods.
Preservation of Bone Health:
Dental implants stimulate the bone in your jaws, slowing the bone loss that commonly occurs with wearing removable dentures. This not only maintains your facial structure but also ensures the long-term success of your implant prosthesis.
No More Denture Adhesives:
Bid farewell to messy adhesives and the hassle of cleaning pastes or powders off of your denture. Implant-supported dentures are easy to clean and maintain because no strips or adhesives are needed.
Overdentures are customized to match your facial characteristics and aesthetic preferences, providing results that enhance your overall appearance.
Implant-supported dentures offer a significant boost to your self-esteem, especially in social settings. You can smile, speak, and laugh without worrying about your dentures slipping, clicking, or falling out around other people.
With proper care and maintenance, implant-supported dentures can last much longer than traditional dentures, because there are usually fewer changes in your bone shape. However, the “locators” underneath your overdenture do need to be replaced over time as they wear out (but this is a simple maintenance procedure!)
Consultations for Implant-Supported Dentures
If you’re considering implant-supported dentures in Ellis, Dallas, or Tarrant County, it’s time to schedule a consultation with Texas Institute of Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery. Call us today for a personalized care plan and affordable financing options.