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Implant-Supported Denture Owens Cross Roads, AL

Missing teeth can create aesthetic issues and oral health issues, especially if you are missing an entire row of teeth. While traditional dentures have been used for many years to replace a whole arch of teeth, multiple dental implants offers a more secure and permanent solution. Dr. Elizabeth Duling provides implant-supported dentures in Owens Cross Roads, AL for patients who want a reliable and comfortable teeth replacement solution. This restorative dentistry treatment provides more stability, aesthetics, and functionality compared to traditional removable dentures.

implant-supported dentures in Owens Cross Roads, AL

What is an Implant-Supported Denture?

An implant-supported denture uses dental implants to hold a custom denture firmly in place. Dr. Duling will use anywhere from four to eight implants. You will need to have them surgically placed in your jawbone where they will also serve as replacement teeth roots. After about three to six months, the implants will fuse to the bone essentially becoming one with jaw.

There are two types of implant-supported dentures available.

  • A bar-retained denture involves securing a thin metal bar to the dental implants. The metal bar will follow the curve of jaw. Then the custom denture is made with clips that allow it to clip onto the metal bar. This design will help to distribute the biting forced evenly across the dental implants. This type of denture implant is stable and supportive.
  • A ball retained denture, also known as a stud-attached denture, uses a ball and socket mechanism to secure the denture. An abutment with a ball on top of it is secured to the dental implants. Then the custom denture is designed with sockets in the base of it. The denture can snap in and out making it easy to use yet still secure.

Implant Dentures vs Traditional Dentures

  • Stability: Since the implant denture is secured with implant fixtures that are fused to the jawbone, they offer superior stability and support compared traditional dentures. Unlike removable dentures, you will never have to worry about your implant denture falling out, slipping around, causing irritation, or being uncomfortable.
  • Chewing Ability: Implant-supported dentures are more stable allowing you to bite and chew your food with greater force. A traditional denture is only held in place with suction or adhesive meaning you must adhere to many food restrictions.
  • Bone Health: Dental implants replace the teeth roots while traditional dentures do not. When you replace missing teeth at the root, you provide enough stimulation for the jawbone. This will help regenerate the jaw bone and prevent bone loss. Denture wearers must deal with bone loss after years of wearing them.
  • Longevity: Implant-supported denture will generally last longer than traditional dentures if they are taken care of properly. Traditional denture wearers will need to replace their prosthesis more often due to wear and changes in the jawbone.
  • Comfort: Implant dentures tend to be more comfortable since they do not rest on the gums. The implants will distribute the biting and chewing forces evenly. This will reduce pressure on the gums.
  • Speech: Another benefit of the denture being secured with implants is it will not cause speech issues. You will be able to speak clearly and never have to worry about clicking or slurring when speaking.

How Do I Care for My Implant-Supported Denture?

If you take good care of your implant supported denture, then it will last longer. Your oral health will also benefit.

  • Clean your denture and teeth everyday: Clean your denture and all the attachments every day. You will need to use a soft bristle toothbrush and a non-abrasive denture clean to remove plaque, stains, and odors. Do this in addition to maintaining proper oral hygiene.
  • Never skip your regular dentist appointments: Routine dentist appointments are still very important. Dr. Duling will check your denture to make sure it is working correctly. She will check your implants to make sure they are stable and healthy.
  • Proper Denture Handling: It is very important to handle your denture with care. You should avoid dropping it since it can break easily on hard surfaces like sinks. When not in your mouth, keep it in a denture cleaning solution or water to prevent them from drying out.

Dr. Duling offers implant-supported dentures in Owens Cross Roads, AL for patients missing an entire row of teeth. Call our office at 256.202.4186 to book your consultation or you can also request an appointment online.