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Implant-Supported Dentures

A Modern Solution for Tooth Replacement


Implant-Supported Dentures by Uptown Dental & Wellness Center

Courtesy of Dr. Rhonda Savage, Uptown Dental & Wellness Center

Implant-supported dentures offer a revolutionary solution for individuals seeking stable and reliable tooth-replacement options. Whether it's a fully fixed "All on Four" denture or a removable one, these innovative dental prosthetics provide enhanced functionality and aesthetics compared to traditional dentures. Let's delve into the intricacies of implant-supported dentures, from their placement to maintenance.

Implant-supported dentures involve the surgical placement of dental implants, typically by specialists such as periodontists, oral surgeons, or general dentists who have significant training and years of continuing education. These implants serve as anchors for the dentures, providing unparalleled stability and support. The process begins with a comprehensive evaluation of the patient's oral health and bone structure to determine the optimal implant placement.

Once the implants are securely in place, the restoration process commences. The creation of the implant-supported denture, or partial denture, or custom porcelain crowns/bridges, is typically restored by a talented, highly educated general dentist or a prosthodontist, customizing the dentures to fit the patient's unique oral anatomy. Advanced materials and techniques are employed to create natural-looking prosthetics that blend seamlessly with the remaining teeth, if any, and facial features.

Implant-supported dentures offer several advantages over traditional dentures. They eliminate issues commonly associated with traditional dentures, such as slipping, discomfort and difficulty chewing. Patients can enjoy a varied diet and speak confidently without worrying about denture movement. Moreover, implant-supported dentures promote better oral health by preventing bone loss and preserving facial structure.

Apart from full dentures, dental implants can also be used to replace single or multiple missing teeth with implant-supported fixed bridges. However, like natural teeth, implants are not immune to complications. Excessive bite pressure, uncontrolled periodontal disease or nearby infections can lead to implant failure. Regular dental check-ups and proper oral hygiene are essential for maintaining the longevity of implant-supported dentures.

Implant-supported dentures represent a significant advancement in modern dentistry, offering patients a durable, natural-looking and functional tooth-replacement solution. With meticulous planning, expert placement and skilled restoration, implant supported dentures can restore smiles and confidence for individuals with missing teeth. However, diligent oral care and routine dental visits are imperative to ensure the longevity and success of these innovative dental prosthetics.

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