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What Are Implant Dentures?

Traditional dentures sit on top of the gums, but implant dentures are actually anchored in the mouth via prosthetic tooth roots (dental implants in Litchfield Park). Therefore, they are stronger and sturdier than their traditional counterparts.

There are two main categories of implant dentures:

Fixed/Permanent Implant Dentures

These are permanently attached to the implants that anchor them; they can only be removed by a trained dental professional. Usually, it takes 4 – 6 implants to support a full-arch denture. The All-on-4 treatment is an example of a popular type of fixed implant denture.

Removable Implant Dentures

Removable implant dentures are easy to snap onto and off of the dental implants that support them. Typically, this type of restoration requires fewer prosthetic tooth roots than a fixed denture.

The Implant Denture Procedure

The details of the implant denture procedure can vary from case to case, but here is an overview of how it usually works:

  • Consultation: We’ll evaluate your candidacy for the treatment, answer your questions, and start planning the road ahead of you.

  • Implant placement surgery: Your implant dentist in Litchfield Park will insert your implants into your jawbone.

  • Restoration: After a healing period, you’ll return to our office so we can design your permanent denture and later, so we can attach it to your implants. (If you opt for All-on-4 treatment, you’ll receive a temporary denture on the same day as your implant surgery, but it will be replaced later on.)

The entire implant denture process usually takes several months, but the investment of time is well worth it!

Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentures?

Most people who have suffered extensive tooth loss are candidates for implant dentures, either right away or after some preliminary treatment. Some traits that most candidates have in common include:

  • A fair level of oral and overall health

  • Good daily habits that will protect the implants

  • A strong jawbone that is able to support dental implants

A desire to upgrade from traditional dentures

Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentures?

Implant dentures offer many benefits, including:

  • Jawbone preservation. Because they imitate tooth roots, dental implants stimulate the jawbone and help to keep it strong and whole.

  • Dental implants often last for decades, which makes them an excellent monetary value.

  • Since they don’t slip around in the mouth during eating and speaking, you can expect your implant dentures to be comfortable and natural feeling.