The traditional treatment for patients missing all or most of their top, bottom, or both rows of teeth has always been dentures. For patients hoping to achieve a more natural look and feel, however, implant-supported dentures offer the perfect balance between traditional dentures and replacing all of one’s teeth with dental implants.
The dentists at StoneRidge Dental Care are pleased to offer patients a choice in their denture treatments, including implant-supported dentures.
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures are similar to traditional dentures, except that they are attached to and supported by several (usually four, six, or eight) strategically placed dental implants.
The Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures offer many benefits to patients including:
- More natural look, feel, and function compared to traditional dentures
- No slipping
- No mouth blisters or sore gums
- No need for sticky dental adhesives
- Continue enjoying all of your favorite foods
- Easy to maintain and care for
- Speak, eat, and drink naturally
Implant-supported dentures offer many benefits and are a more cost-effective and less-invasive alternative to replacing all of one’s teeth with dental implants.
Types of Implant-Supported Dentures
There are two types of implant-supported dentures that patients can choose from. Both are supported by strategically placed dental implants and offer the above-listed benefits.
Snap-on dentures, also called overdentures, are a removable form of implant-supported dentures. They can be taken off for maintenance and cleaning. Snap-on dentures are recommended for patients replacing the top, bottom, or both arches of teeth.
All-On-4 Implant-Supported Dentures
All-on-4, or screw-retained, implant-supported dentures are typically fixed to four (or more) dental implants. The difference between all-on-4 and snap-on dentures is that all-on-4 implant-supported dentures are permanently fixed to the patient’s dental implants and cannot be removed for maintenance and repairs without a dentist’s assistance.
Are Implant-Supported Dentures Right for Me?
Implant-supported dentures are a perfect tooth-replacement option for many patients. However, they are not always the best option for everyone.
Candidates for implant-supported dentures are typically missing all or most of their teeth on either or both the top and bottom arches.
Additionally, patients must have generally healthy gums and bone with no signs of periodontal disease, must not smoke or use other tobacco products during the process, be willing to take on the dental implant placement process, and be healthy enough to undergo the dental implant placement procedure.
Restore Your Smile at StoneRidge Dental Care in Gahanna
If you’re missing one or more teeth or have other concerns about your smile’s form, function, and appearance, we encourage you to schedule a smile restoration consultation with one of our dentists in Gahanna.
We offer a variety of cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments. After examining your smile and talking with you about your smile goals, our dentists can recommend a personalized treatment plan designed to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.
To learn more or schedule an appointment, we welcome you to contact StoneRidge Dental Care today.