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Are you unhappy about wearing dentures because you miss the feeling of speaking clearly and chewing with your natural teeth? You don’t have to live with uncomfortable dentures any longer; you have an option besides conventional dentures for replacing missing teeth.
Our dentists offer implant-supported dentures that mimic the feeling of real teeth. The implants function like tooth roots, putting the chewing pressure on your jaw, where it belongs, and not on your gums. Imagine how confident you’ll feel when you can eat what you want without worrying about your dentures slipping. Contact our office to arrange a consultation with an accomplished implant-supported dentures dentist.
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures are held in place with implants instead of suction and denture cream. While you can easily pop these dentures out to clean them, they stay put once you secure them to the implants. You’ll never have to worry about your dentures slipping while you’re speaking to someone. People typically get our affordable, quality implant-supported dentures for their lower jaw, but you can have them made for both the upper and lower jaw if both dentures slip.
How Do I Attach Implant-Supported Dentures and How Do I Get the Implants?
Implant-supported dentures are bar-retained or ball-retained. Bar-retained dentures clip to a metal bar held in place by implants. With ball-retained implants, the implants have a ball on them and the dentures have a socket, so the denture snaps into place. Both implant systems hold dentures securely in place. Your dentist will explain your options and help you choose the dentures that are right for you.
Dental implants are biocompatible metal rods or screws, usually made from titanium, which the dentist surgically places in your jawbone to anchor a denture. It’s not painful since you’ll have a local anesthetic and will feel only minor discomfort afterward. If you don’t have enough jawbone left to hold the implant, the dentist may suggest a bone graft before proceeding. Your jawbone will grow around the implant and hold it place as firmly as it does a healthy tooth root. In about six months, you’ll return and the dentist will expose the top of the implants and place the abutments, either a ball or bar, on them. Some implants have the abutment already attached; your dentist will decide which is better for your unique situation.
How Much Do Implant-Supported Dentures Cost?
The cost of denture implants varies according to the attachments your dentist suggests for you, your dental insurance coverage and the number of appointments required to place your dentures. If you have dental insurance, please let us know and we’ll help you maximize your benefits. It’s possible we may be able to use your existing denture, which would save you money. We want all of our patients to smile with confidence, and we’ll work with you to find a solution that will fit in your budget. Schedule an appointment and your dentist will be able to give you a cost estimate after you have a thorough examination.
What Are the Advantages of Implant-Supported Dentures over Regular Dentures?
Dentures supported by implants are more comfortable because they rest on implants, not on your gums. This also helps to prevent bone loss, which changes the shape of your face, making it look sunken in and making you appear older. Plus, you won’t need new dentures every few years due to bone loss changing the shape of your mouth.
Dentures supported by implants also never slip or prevent you from eating your favorite foods. Once you have dentures supported by implants, you’ll smile, dine out and speak with confidence, knowing your dentures will never move. If you’d like to learn how to love wearing dentures again, please call our office to arrange an appointment.
Are Implant-Supported Dentures Easy to Care For?
Our affordable, quality implant-supported dentures require very little care. You simply clean your teeth, gums and the abutments twice a day with a soft toothbrush. Your dentist will show you how to keep your mouth healthy. It’s important to keep your dental appointments so your dentist can check how your dentures fit and make sure the attachments are still in good shape. With the proper care, your implant dentures will last a long time.
Why Should I Consider Implant Dentures?
You should talk to our dentist about why dentures supported by implants can change how you feel about wearing dentures. Conventional dentures rub against your gums, which can cause sore spots. You may even avoid wearing your dentures at home because your gums hurt. Contact us to arrange a consultation with our dentist to learn more about getting comfortable implant-supported dentures in Gainesville.