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Implant Supported Dentures

Fully Restore Your Smile

Senior woman in dental chair pointing to smileExtensive tooth loss can have a detrimental impact on a patient’s oral health and self-confidence. Traditional dentures didn’t do much to help restore this confidence. Instead, patients find themselves switching from covering their mouths to hid missing teeth to covering their mouths to conceal slipping, sliding dentures. At Vero Implant and Esthetic Dentistry, we have an option that delivers cosmetically flawless, naturally functional tooth replacement – implant supported dentures. If you want to learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact our Vero Beach dental office to schedule a consultation appointment. We look forward to partnering with you to recreate your lost teeth and put the full, healthy smile back on your face.

What are Implant Dentures?

Smiling older man and woman outdoorsTraditional partial and full dentures are tooth replacement prosthetics crafted to restore the smile following advanced tooth loss. Both forms of dentures are crafted using a gum-colored base material to support numerous replacement teeth. A partial denture is used to fill in the gaps in a patient’s smile following the loss of numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth. They are held in place, using clasps attached to remaining teeth. A full denture is used to replace a complete row of missing teeth. Without remaining teeth to provide support, dentures are molded to fit against the gum line, which creates suction that holds the denture in place.

An implant supported partial or full denture will look much like the traditional variety before placement, but they are self-supporting anchored to implant posts. Instead of relying on healthy teeth and oral structures for support, dental implant posts create natural stability that mimics the function of tooth roots.

Who Should Consider an Implant-Retained Denture?

Smiling older man in dental chairAny patient who needs a denture should consider an implant-retained prosthetic. Compared with traditional dentures, implant supported prosthetics offer a number of benefits, including:

  • Stability – most people regain 70% or more of their chewing ability compared to a maximum of 20% with traditional dentures.
  • Longevity – implant dentures remain functional for two decades or longer compared with traditional dentures that need to be replaced every five to ten years.
  • No hassle – because the dentures are permanently affixed, they are easy to clean, and there’s no need to remove them for storage overnight. Your smile stays put around the clock.

Are Implant Dentures Permanent?

Implant dentures are usually effective and functional for 20 years or longer. For many patients, this means the implant denture does last for the rest of their lives. In most cases, we’re able to repair an implant retained denture rather than fully replacing them to further extend their lifespan.

What is the Implant Supported Denture Process?

Model implant supported dentureThere are four main phases of implant supported denture placement. First, is the preparatory phase, which may include tooth extraction or tissue grafts. Then, we surgically place the dental implant posts. Next, design and craft your denture. Finally, you’ll return to the office, so we can attach the restoration to your implant post.

Are there any Limitations?

Traditional dentures significantly limit the variety of foods you’ll be able to consume, and they can be difficult to care for. An implant supported denture is semi-permanently attached, so you can eat a wide range of foods, brush your teeth as usual, and keep your flawlessly restored smile for decades.