What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?

The numbers surrounding missing teeth in the United States are staggering — 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and a whopping 40 million are missing all of their teeth. And these numbers are expected to rise thanks to an aging population. 

If your teeth have succumbed to disease, decay, age, or trauma, finding replacements is paramount. With implant-supported dentures, we not only restore your teeth, we do so in a way that provides superior stability, durability, and aesthetics.

At our practice, Dr. Robert A. Rees provides exceptional oral care to our patients. From preventive care to restorative dentistry, our La Jolla dental implant team has the tools, technology, and services you need to preserve your smile for years to come.

If you’re struggling with missing teeth, explore how we combine two effective restorative techniques through implant-supported dentures.

Dentures 101

Dentures are oral devices that are designed to replace missing teeth, whether it’s all of your teeth or just one row. Traditional dentures are removable devices that you place over your gums, and they’re held in place by suction, bonds, or cumbersome metal frameworks. 

While effective at replacing your missing teeth, dentures take some getting used to, as they are prone to slipping. Not to mention, they required a higher standard of care, as you have to remove the devices each night for cleaning.

With implant-supported dentures, we can eliminate many of these concerns, allowing you to once again chew, talk, and smile with ease.

The advantages of dental implants

Before we get into implant-supported dentures, let’s take a quick look at the foundation of these appliances — dental implants. Each year in the United States, 5 million implants are placed and there’s a great reason for their increasing popularity.

Dental implants replace a missing tooth right down to its roots, which not only provides excellent stability, but this technique also prevents bone loss in your jaws. To accomplish this, we place a metal post in your jawbone, where the bone tissue grows up and around it, fusing it into place. We then cap the implant with a crown, which fits in seamlessly with your surrounding teeth.

Providing support for your dentures

With implant-supported dentures, we first place a series of implants into your jawbone. The number of implants varies from one patient to the next and depends upon the number of prosthetic teeth you need to support and the health of your jawbone.

Once your jawbone has secured the implants, a process that may take several months to a year, we then attach your dentures to these implants using either a bar or ball-attachment technique.

By attaching your dentures to implants in your jaw, we’re providing you with a permanent option for replacing entire rows of teeth, eliminating the removable devices altogether.

Not only do the implants provide better stability for your replacement teeth, but implant-supported dentures don’t require an elevated standard of care. In fact, you should take care of your implant-supported dentures as you would your natural teeth with daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing to keep your prosthetics clean and your gums healthy.

If you’re exploring your options for replacing missing teeth, contact our office in La Jolla, California, to learn more about whether implant-supported dentures are right for you. You can give us a call, or you’re welcome to use the online booking tool to set up your appointment.

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