If you are missing an entire arch of teeth in your upper or lower jaw, you may be considering dentures to restore function and enhance your appearance. Although traditional removable dentures are always an option, you may find better results from implant-supported dentures. Midlothian, VA dentists Drs. Robert Neighbors and Brian Herod can place implant-supported dentures at their office, offering you an alternative to traditional denture appliances. Call us today to make an appointment.
What Is an Implant-Supported Denture?
Implant-supported dentures are similar to their conventional counterparts by design. However, an implant-supported prosthesis is connected to dental implants rather than simply resting atop the gums. To do this, dental implants must first be placed in the jaw. Once the posts fuse with the bone, they can serve as strong, dependable anchors for your restoration.
Like any restoration, an implant-supported denture will not last forever. However, it should last for many years if you follow your schedule of regular dental check-ups and examinations, as well as appropriate at-home care.
Who Is a Good Candidate for an Implant-Supported Denture?
Strong candidates for implant-supported dentures have the following characteristics:
- They are either missing all the teeth in the upper or lower arch, or they expect to be missing all the teeth after extractions.
- They have enough bone density to support the surgically placed implants.
- They are healthy enough for surgery.
If you discover that you are not an immediate candidate for implant-supported dentures, Drs. Neighbors and Herod may be able to recommend a sinus lift or bone graft to improve your candidacy.
Advantages of Implant-Supported Dentures Over Traditional Dentures
Implant-supported dentures offer several advantages over traditional dentures:
- You do not need to use adhesives to secure the dentures.
- You do not need to worry about your dentures slipping or falling out.
- You will have dentures that appear more lifelike because of their tight fit and construction.
- You may not have to remove your dentures at night.
- You can eat a wider variety of foods.
Contact Us to Learn More
For more information on implant-supported dentures, please contact our Midlothian, VA practice to set up a consultation.