What are Implant Dentures?
Sometimes referred to as anchored dentures or implant-supported dentures, implant dentures can be an excellent alternative to traditional dentures for qualified candidates. This restorative treatment uses dental implants to snap a custom-made prosthetic securely in place along the gumline. Many patients prefer implant dentures over traditional dentures due to the improved convenience and confidence they experience. To find out if you are a candidate for this innovative procedure, please do not hesitate to contact our office. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can provide detailed information, as well as help you schedule a one-on-one consultation with our skilled and experienced dentist, Dr. Edward Shukovsky, for more personalized answers to your questions.
- Implant Dentures Benefits
- Implant Dentures Candidates
- Implant Dentures Procedure
- Implant Dentures Cost
- Implant Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures
- Implant Dentures vs. Dental implants
What Are the Benefits of Implant Dentures?
Due to the durable titanium posts used to secure implant dentures, the procedure offers many benefits over traditional dentures. The posts are designed to fuse with the jawbone, providing a secure fit. Some other key advantages of implant dentures can include:
- No need for messy adhesives
- No slippage of dentures along the gums
- Natural look and feel
- Ability to enjoy a wider range of foods
- Improved comfort and confidence
Implant dentures can also often be a good option for patients seeking an alternative to dental implants.
What is All-on-4®?
Certain patients interested in implant dentures may qualify for a specialized technique called All-on-4®. The All-on-4® procedure is designed to replace all missing or damaged teeth in the upper, lower, or both arches. The main difference between a standard implant denture procedure and All-on-4® is the amount of dental implants needed (All-on-4® typically uses less). If only one arch is being treated using the All-on-4® technique, four dental implant posts will be strategically placed along the arch. If a full mouth restoration is needed, a total of eight posts will be used—four in each arch. These posts are then used to snap the customized prosthetic in place. During your initial consultation, Dr. Shukovsky can help you determine if All-on-4® is right for you.
Who is a Good Candidate for Implant Dentures?
Individuals who seek a restorative option for all or most of their teeth are typically good candidates for implant dentures. However, it is also important to be in good overall health, have adequate jawbone density, and have healthy gum tissue. Patients should not currently be going through chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or have a health condition that could impede the healing process. Additionally, certain habits, such as smoking, can potentially reduce the chances of success and should be avoided. In your consultation, Dr. Shukovsky can conduct a thorough examination to determine if you meet the eligibility requirements for this procedure. If implant dentures are not right for you, he can recommend another alternative that is more appropriate for your individual needs.
What is the Implant Dentures Process Like?
To restore your missing and/or damaged teeth, a high-quality, durable prosthetic will be created specifically for you, ensuring a proper fit and natural appearance. Prior to the implant denture procedure, any remaining damaged teeth in the arch being treated will be removed. During the procedure, titanium posts are surgically implanted throughout the gumline, anchored in the jawbone beneath. The amount of posts needed and where they are placed will depend on your individual needs, so Dr. Shukovsky will create a customized treatment plan designed to best address your unique anatomy. Once the posts are in place, the restoration can be attached. As you heal, the posts should fuse with the jawbone, ultimately creating a strong and sturdy foundation for the implants.
How Much Do Implant Dentures Cost?
The total cost of implant dentures is usually around $15,000 – $18,000 for the prosthetic and $10,000 – $12,000 for the surgical procedure. However, the price can vary depending on several factors, such as how many dental implant posts are needed, the area(s) being treated (upper, lower, or both arches), and whether or not any preliminary work needs to be completed prior to the procedure. To help make implant dentures more affordable for our patients, our office works with dental financing companies that can break up the cost into manageable monthly payments with little or no interest. To get a better idea of what to expect, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shukovsky. Once a thorough examination has been completed, he can provide you with a more accurate estimate of what your cost might be.
Implant Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures
While traditional dentures have been an excellent restorative option for many, some patients may find them to be a bit uncomfortable. Traditional dentures are secured onto the gumline using an adhesive paste, which can be messy and sometimes unreliable. As a result, some patients who wear traditional dentures might avoid certain foods or speak less often than they would like to. Rather than using adhesives, implant dentures are held in place by snapping onto dental implant posts. The posts are anchored to the jawbone, providing a stronger foundation for the prosthetic. In addition to offering a more secure fit, implant dentures can also help prevent bone loss that individuals with missing teeth often experience. The implant posts act like tooth roots, helping to maintain healthy bone density in the jaw.
Implant Dentures vs. Dental Implants
Patients who have several missing and/or damaged teeth may be unsure which option is more appropriate for them—implant dentures or dental implants. Both procedures use titanium posts to secure the restoration in place. The main difference between the two options is that implant dentures are designed to replace an entire arch of teeth, while dental implants can replace one, some, or all of your teeth. A typical dental implant procedure is completed by attaching a single porcelain crown to the top of the post, so each tooth being replaced requires its own post. Conversely, implant dentures can replace an entire arch of teeth while utilizing as few as only four posts. To help you decide which treatment is more appropriate, please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shukovsky.
Learn More About Implant Dentures
If you have any further questions about implant dentures, or believe this treatment may be able to address your concerns, please contact our office today to learn more or schedule a one-on-one consultation.