Implant-supported Dentures Provide A More Comfortable, Confident Smile
Traditional dentures can be uncomfortable and often don’t feel like they’re really part of your mouth. They can also be challenging to keep in place, which means you might not feel confident eating or speaking in public.
More than half of all denture wearers experience problems with their false teeth, such as slippage, soreness, and difficulty chewing. These issues can make it hard to enjoy life to the fullest.
Maylands Dental Centre offers implant-supported dentures, a more advanced dental treatment that uses surgical implants inserted into your jaw bone to anchor your dentures in place. It’s a more stable and versatile dental solution than traditional dentures. This means they feel more like natural teeth, and you can enjoy a confident smile without worrying about them slipping or falling out. Contact our qualified dental team today at 08 9370 5464 or book a consultation appointment online!
Common Reasons Why You Might Need Implant-Supported Dentures
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Frequently Asked Questions
Those who have lost most or all of their natural teeth due to an injury, dental cavities, or gum disease are candidates for implant-supported dentures. An implant denture may also provide a better alternative to dentures for patients who are not happy with the drawbacks of a traditional denture.
However, suitable candidates for implant treatment must have sufficient bone tissue. A patient’s jaw bone quality must be assessed before the dental procedure is performed. When a patient’s bone tissue is insufficient, a bone graft may be required.
Compared to traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures offer several advantages:
- Implant-supported dentures are more stable and versatile than traditional dentures. The traditional denture is designed to be removed every day, and it is possible to slip out of place. In contrast, implant-supported dentures are less likely to become loose when eating or speaking.
- They also help you chew more effectively. Patients who wear implant-supported dentures can consume harder and stickier foods, which are restricted for denture-wearers.
- Implant-supported dentures tend to fit better and are more comfortable than false teeth. When wearing an implant-supported denture, there is less friction on the gums.
- Implant-supported dentures appear more natural than conventional dentures.
- Implant-supported dentures preserve the jaw bone and prevent further bone loss, allowing them to last longer than traditional dentures.
The dental procedure may vary from patient to patient, depending on their specific needs. The general process is as follows:
First, implants are surgically inserted into the jaw. Typically, the fusion of the implants and bone structure takes 2–6 months after the implant placement before they are strong enough to anchor the dentures in place.
If the implants need to be exposed and extensions added, this may require an additional procedure. A temporary healing cap serves as the foundation for a prosthetic tooth during this stage. You can skip this step if the implants already have extensions attached. Once the connecting device is attached, the complete dentures or partial dentures can be fabricated and attached.
Implant-supported dentures are an excellent implant option to replace missing teeth. These dental appliances can help you restore your chewing abilities, improve your speech, boost your confidence, and reduce gum tissue irritation.
TMJ issues or jaw pain, which are common when multiple teeth are missing, can also be addressed with implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures are stable, prevent bone loss, stimulate bone growth, and can significantly improve your quality of life.
Implant-supported dentures are associated with minimal risks and have a high success rate. Below are some of the possible risks of implant-supported dentures:
- Infection around the implant site: The incisions made during the procedure, plus the bleeding and swelling to be expected afterwards, make it more likely that oral infections may occur for several weeks after the dental implant procedure. Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics and provide aftercare instructions to help minimise the risk of infection.
- Nerve damage: Damage to the nerve or adjacent natural tooth tissue happens on rare occasions, but is a common risk in implant or dental surgery. It may occur if an implant is placed too close to a nerve. Nerve damage can result in tingling or numbness in the gums, tongue, lips, or face.
- Implant rejection: Although rare, it is possible for the body to reject the tooth implant. Rejection symptoms include pain at the implant site, swelling, and fever.
- Sinus complications: When an implant is placed between the jaw and the sinus cavity, it may protrude into the sinus cavity and cause complications.
- Allergic reaction: An allergic reaction can occur if you are allergic to the titanium alloy in dental implants. This can cause tingling, swelling, and loss of taste.