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If missing teeth cause you to smile less frequently or opt for soft foods instead of those that must be chewed, then you may be a good candidate for implant-supported dentures in Gainesville.

 What’s Meant by an Implant-supported Denture?

Unlike traditional dentures that rest on top of the gums, implant-supported dentures are attached to implants on either end of the denture. Since the dentures are permanently attached, there’s no danger of them slipping or falling out, as is the case with traditional dentures that are merely affixed with denture adhesive. Typically, implant-supported dentures are used on the lower jaw, but they can be installed in the upper jaw if needed. Your Gainesville dentist can advise you if you’re a candidate for implant dentures in your upper jaw.

 What’s the Implant Denture Procedure and How Does An Implant-supported Denture Work?

Two types of implant-supported dentures are available:

  • Bar-retained dentures
  • Ball-retained dentures

A bar-retained denture supports the implants with a curved metal bar. The denture is clipped onto the bar, which secures the denture in place.

A ball-retained denture has a ball-shaped attachment on the implant, and the ball fits into a socket on the denture.

 Placing the implant

Placing the implants will typically involve at least two office visits. The implants will be surgically installed into the jawbone at the first appointment. Healing time is usually between three and six months. After the sites have completely healed, you’ll return for the denture placement. At that time, you’ll need a second surgery to install the denture onto the implants. Sometimes, both the implants and the dentures can be installed during one procedure, but that is at the discretion of the dentist, so ask your dentist if you’re interested in the one-day implant procedure.

 What’s the Cost of an Implant-supported Denture?

Each surgical procedure is unique to the patient, so no two patients will pay the same for the same procedure from the same dentist. The confirmed cost of denture implants will be unique to you. When you come to our office for your initial consultation, we’ll provide you with a detailed breakdown of your implant-supported dentures cost. Factors that will influence your final cost include the number of implants you need, the type of attachments you select, any additional procedures needed to prepare or further repair your teeth, and your insurance coverage. If you have dental insurance, it may cover part of the cost. However, if you need implant-supported dentures, we’ll work with you to make them affordable. Call us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.

 Are There Benefits to Implant-supported Dentures?

Extensive tooth loss can be detrimental to your overall health as well as your oral health. Your teeth help to maintain your facial structure and the proper alignment of your jawbone, and they’re the first stage in your digestive process. When you lack a substantial number of teeth, your diet suffers, and you may not get the nutrients you need to remain healthy.

Many of our patients report an increase in self-confidence and self-esteem when they once again have a full set of teeth. Missing teeth can cause people to smile less and reduce their self-confidence, but a mouth full of natural-looking teeth can make you want to smile more often and enjoy your favorite foods without hesitation.

Some of the major complaints about traditional dentures are that they’re uncomfortable, and since they’re not anchored, they can slip or fall out. Implant-supported dentures are as comfortable as your natural teeth, and since the dentures are securely attached to the implants, they won’t slip or fall out. If you’re interested in affordable, quality implant-supported dentures, then call our Gainesville office for more information.

 Do Implant-supported Dentures Require Special Care?

If you properly maintain your implant dentures, they should last for years or decades. Use the same good oral hygiene practices that you use for your natural teeth, including brushing at least twice daily, flossing regularly, and using an antibacterial mouthwash at least once a day. Use a soft-bristled brush and a circular motion with gentle pressure. Your dentist may recommend a proxabrush to get your dentures as clean as possible. You may also need a dental threader for your dental floss. Your dentist will advise you of the best procedures for your unique needs.

 Are Implant-supported Dentures Right for Me?

If you’re interested in a comfortable, long-term alternative to traditional dentures that is more cost-effective than traditional implants, then denture implants may be a good option for you. They’re natural-looking, so no one needs to know that you’re wearing dentures. For more information on affordable, quality implant-supported dentures, call Tioga Dental & Orthodontics at , and we’ll answer all your questions or schedule an appointment with one of our great dentists. Call us today. We look forward to speaking with you.

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