Implant-supported dentures are an excellent alternative to traditional dentures and can replace an entire arch of missing or severely damaged teeth. As compared to traditional dentures which lie on top of the gums, implant-supported restorations are secured to dental implants in the jaw. These durable, natural-looking restorations can restore your smile, improve the function of your bite, and renew your sense of self-confidence. At Navid Family Dental & Associates in Peabody, MA, we perform all stages of implant dentistry, from placement to restoration.
Traditional Restorations vs. Implant-Supported Dentures
It is important to understand the differences between a traditional and implant-supported restoration. A traditional full denture is held in place with suction or adhesion. A partial denture features metal clasps, which are secured to adjacent teeth. In comparison, an implant-supported restoration is firmly attached to dental implants, which are embedded in the jawbone.
These durable, natural-looking implant-supported restorations can restore your smile, improve the function of your bite, and renew your sense of self-confidence.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that act as artificial tooth roots once they have fused with the jawbone. They provide unrivaled support for custom dentures and help to prevent jawbone recession by stimulating the jaw.
Are You a Candidate?
After teeth are lost, the jawbone can begin to deteriorate, as the dental routes no longer stimulate the bone. Dental implants rely on the jawbone for support and stability, and they can fail without sufficient jawbone tissue. If you have sustained jawbone atrophy as a result of tooth loss, you may require a preliminary bone graft or sinus lift to restore your candidacy for treatment.
During your visit, our doctors can take x-rays of your smile and identify any areas of bone loss. They can also examine your teeth and gums to ensure you are free from gum disease. Any underlying issues must be addressed prior to implant surgery.
The Major Benefits of an Implant-Supported Denture
Implant-supported dentures can not only improve the appearance of your smile but also your oral health. With these restorations, you can enjoy:
- Less Worry and More Confidence: As restorations attach directly to implants, they will not shift out of place when you eat or speak. You can now feel confident performing daily tasks.
- Long-Term Health: Bone atrophy can affect the shape of your jaw and your appearance, causing your lips to look puckered and cheeks sunken. Dental implants can preserve the structure of your jaw and face.
- Improved Quality of Life: With an implant-supported restoration, patients can enjoy more of their favorite meals, enunciate words more clearly, and smile with confidence.
We are committed to your care and comfort and will design a personalized plan that suits your needs, goals, and budget. Though the timeline for dental implants is typically three to six months, many consider their benefits to be entirely worthwhile.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you are tired of tooth loss affecting your life and are ready to transform your smile, dental implants may be right for you. We encourage you to discuss your options with our dentists by calling us at (978) 532-5550 or contacting us online to set up a consultation.