Are Implant-Supported Dentures for Me?

Implant supported dentures patient Ann Arbor MI dentists

Replacing multiple missing teeth has never been easier thanks to implant-supported dentures. While they have “dentures” in their name, they’re much more than that. Our Ann Arbor, MI, dentists would be more than happy to sit down with you and have a one-on-one conversation to determine whether this option is right for you.

Here you’ll learn more about what this type of restoration involves, who is best suited for the process, and the oral care associated with this choice.

Implant-Supported Dentures Explained

Most people are aware of traditional dentures but may not be as familiar with implant-supported dentures or overdentures as they are also known.

A patient receiving this form of tooth replacement will have a number of dental implants, or artificial tooth roots, inserted into the jawbone by a referred oral surgeon to hold the dentures in place. The presence of the implants is what gives this type of denture its stability.

On average, about 2-4 implants are placed but up to 10 can be inserted. The mouth needs to be completely healed from this process before the fixed dentures can be placed. It can take 2-6 months for the bone to grow around the implants but you will be given immediate dentures during this time.

Ideal Candidates for the Process

Any patient who is currently missing a fair amount of teeth or will need to have permanent teeth removed is eligible. However, our dentists can discuss your specific situation with you in-depth to determine if implant-supported dentures are the best solution.

If the idea of conventional dentures doesn’t sit right with you and you want more jawbone support, we highly suggest this option. Implant-supported dentures allow patients the seamless look of dentures while still having the long-term oral health benefits that come from dental implants.

Pros and “Cons” of Implant-Supported Dentures

As with any restorative procedure, there are advantages and drawbacks. Our dentists will do their best to explain every aspect of the implant-supported dentures procedure and what you can expect once you have them. It is ultimately up to you to make the final decision.

Here are a few benefits as well as other points to consider before choosing implant-supported dentures.

Compared to traditional dentures, pros include:

  • More stability and robustness
  • Better chewing ability; allows for consumption of harder and stickier foods
  • Less likely to loosen while talking
  • More comfortable fit
  • Less friction on the gums
  • Prevention of further bone loss in jaw
  • Tend to be more natural-looking

Drawbacks include:

  • Requires implant surgery; not convenient or possible for all patients
  • Cost is higher due to implants
  • May need bone graft to support implants

What Is the Care Required?

To make sure your implant-supported dentures remain in good shape, it is important that you clean them every day much like you would with natural teeth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and be thorough.

This type of restoration is not removable so you don’t need to worry about taking them out and individually cleaning the denture component. Still, we recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing once underneath the denture, and rinsing with an ADA-approved mouthwash. Don’t forget your teeth cleanings with our dentists too!

Make an Appointment Today

If you’re interested in pursuing implant-supported dentures for yourself, our dentists in Ann Arbor, MI, are available to discuss the procedure with you. Call Liberty Dental today at (734) 994-0909 to request an appointment.