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Do you feel less self-confident because you’re missing some of your teeth? Do you avoid your favorite foods because they’re too hard to eat without all your teeth? If so, then implant-supported dentures may be the answer for you.
What Is an Implant-supported Denture?
This type of denture is different from the traditional concept of dentures that are uncomfortable, potentially embarrassing, and affixed only with messy denture adhesive. Implant-supported dentures are similar to bridges, and they’re permanently affixed to dental implants at either end of the denture. They’re ideal for those who want an active, healthy lifestyle but are missing teeth. Although they’re usually used on the lower jaw, they can be installed in the upper jaw as well at your dentist’s discretion. As long as you have enough bone in your jaw to support two implants, you’re probably a good candidate for implant dentures. If not, your dentist can provide alternative solutions.
The cost of denture implants is less than that of implants alone, but your cost will be determined by your unique needs. If you’d like more information, call our Gainesville office, and we’ll be glad to answer your questions or schedule an appointment.
What’s Involved in the Implant Denture Procedure and How Do the Dentures Work?
There are two types of implant-supported dentures:
- Ball-retained dentures
- Bar-retained dentures
Ball-retained dentures have a ball-shaped attachment on the implant and the ball attaches to sockets on the denture. A bar-retained denture uses a single, curved metal bar to affix the denture in place. Clips secure it to the bar, so you don’t need to worry that it will fall out. Both are permanent installations that are securely placed so they won’t slip or fall out. They don’t interfere with your enunciation either. Your dentist will recommend the best type of denture for your unique needs.
Two office visits are usually required for the placement of your implant-supported dentures. During the first visit, we’ll surgically install your implants into your jawbone and under your gum. Usually, it takes between three to six months for the surgery site to heal completely, and when healing is complete, you’ll return to our office for a second surgery. During this appointment, we’ll expose the tops of each implant and attach your denture to them. Some patients can get both implants and the denture installed in one visit, but it’s at the dentist’s discretion. If you’re interested in our same-day implant-supported dentures procedure, call our office to schedule an appointment or if you have more questions.
How Much Do Implant-supported Dentures Cost?
Due to the complexity of surgical procedures and each patient’s unique needs, no two patients will pay the same price for the same procedure from the same dentist. However, when you come to our office for your initial consultation, we’ll provide you with a detailed breakdown of your affordable, quality implant-supported dentures cost. Factors that will affect your final cost include the number of implants you need, the size of the denture, any additional procedures that you need, the type of attachment you select, and your insurance coverage. Many insurance companies cover some of the cost but check with your provider to determine if you have coverage for implant-supported dentures.
Do Implant-supported Dentures Provide Benefits?
One of the major benefits of implant-supported dentures is the increase in your self-confidence and self-esteem. Many people don’t smile when they’re missing teeth, and they often refrain from eating their favorite foods. A full set of natural-looking teeth can restore your self-confidence and your self-esteem, so call us today if you’d like more information or want to schedule an appointment.
Having a full set of teeth is also good for your facial structure, and it can help you maintain good alignment in your jawbone. Don’t put off getting an implant-supported denture because of the cost. We’ll help you find a solution so that you can regain both your self-confidence and your good oral health.
Is Special Maintenance Required for an Implant-supported Denture?
Your implant dentures require the same good oral hygiene regimen that your natural teeth require. You need to brush at least twice daily and be sure to remove food particles from your dentures and your abutments. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, a circular motion, and gentle pressure. Floss at least twice daily and use an antibacterial mouthwash at least once each day. Your dentist may recommend using a proxabrush to ensure that you remove as much debris from dentures as possible. If you’d like to make an appointment for implant-supported dentures in Gainesville, then call us today.
Am I A Good Candidate for an Implant-supported Denture?
If you’re tired of not smiling and not eating your favorite foods because you have missing teeth, then call Tioga Dental at Celebration Pointe at (352) 389-4386 for more information on our comfortable and affordable, quality implant-supported dentures.