Implant Supported Dentures
At Westport Plaza Dental Associates we now offer implant supported dentures to combat the issues that commonly plague most denture wearers. If you deal with any of the following typical problems, implant dentures might be an option to consider.
- You take your lower denture out during the day.
- You never wear your lower denture.
- You have difficulties with speech while wearing your dentures.
- Your dentures move excessively.
- You avoid foods you love because of your dentures.
- You eat more comfortably without your lower denture.
- You’re just plain sick and tired of that denture adhesive.
An implant-supported denture is held securely in place by a titanium post that’s placed in the jawbone. Small attachments on the denture correspond to the implants and click securely into place.
Dentures supported with dental implants are a modern alternative to conventional dentures and offer significant benefits. Implant supported dentures at our Kansas City dental office provide stability, comfort, and also prevent facial collapse due to absorption of the jawbone following tooth loss.
How Do Implant Supported Dentures Work?
Traditional dentures are artificial teeth that return your mouth to normal form and function. The gum-colored base replaces any lost bone height and maintains facial form, and artificial teeth restore function and aesthetics.
For patients who have ample bone support, traditional dentures can be a very good option for full mouth or just upper or lower replacement. Traditional dentures rely on good bone structure for suction to the gum tissue underneath.
One downside of traditional dentures is that natural bone loss occurs throughout the rest of your life. For this reason, a denture that once fit and functioned well can stop being comfortable, functional, and aesthetic over time.
Who Can Benefit from Implant Supported Dentures?
Implant supported dentures are a good option if you lack sufficient bone in the jaw to support removable dentures. Our dentists use implants placed in the jaw that snap onto the denture to provide stability and comfort. Implants prevent further facial collapse due to absorption of the jawbone following tooth loss and by providing a structure for the surrounding bone to hold onto.
Other patients want to invest in their future and prevent any bone loss that would cause a conventional denture to stop functioning and fitting comfortably. The added benefit to this is that implant supported dentures always have more stability than conventional dentures.
For some patients, traditional dentures may still be the optimal treatment. During your personalized evaluation, we will go over the pros and cons of both options specific to your mouth.
Will I Have to Pay for a New Set of Dentures?
The great thing about implant supported dentures is that we can often convert your current dentures. Depending on how long you’ve had your current set and how well you have cared for them, they can generally be used and converted to an implant supported denture. A free evaluation is included in our implant supported dentures consultation.
If you have loose or uncomfortable dentures in Kansas City, we’d love to answer any questions. Please schedule an evaluation for the most advanced, gentle and specialized dental implant care available.