Implant Supported Dentures
People who have multiple missing teeth have more restoration options than ever before. As oral surgeons, we here at Oral Solutions NW specialize in numerous implant-supported restorations. If you need a full-arch restoration, we may recommend an implant-supported denture to completely rebuild your smile in the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. An implant-supported denture is a superior alternative to its removable counterpart thanks to several advantages.
What Is an Implant-Supported Denture?
An implant-supported denture, as you may have guessed, is an overdenture that attaches to a series of implants. Dental implants have revolutionized the way we replace missing teeth. Each implant anchors the denture to your jawbone, which keeps the appliance fixed in place and eliminates the many pitfalls of conventional dentures.
Implant-supported dentures are typically made for the lower jaw as conventional dentures are less stable in this region of your mouth. The number of implants you receive depends on your restoration but can range from two up to eight.
There are two major types of implant-supported dentures:
Other full-arch restorations supported by implants include complete fixed bridges. Even though implant-supported dentures are secure and comfortable, they still need to be removed for cleaning and maintenance. A complete fixed bridge is non-removable and can be treated like your natural teeth.
The Implant Process
The implant process begins with a consultation so we can determine that you are suitable candidate. After we develop an appropriate treatment plan, we can schedule your first surgery.
During your first surgery, Dr. Jeffrey Crowley will place your implants underneath the gum tissue and into the jawbone. Once the implants are in place, the process of osseointegration will begin. Over the next several months, the implants will slowly fuse to your jawbone, forming a bond strong enough to support your denture.
We cannot place your final denture until osseointegration is complete. In the meantime, we may give you a temporary appliance to restore your ability to chew and speak properly. After osseointegration is complete, we can move forward with the rest of your treatment.
During a second minor surgery, we will place your abutments or metal framework. After a second brief healing period, we will place your final denture. We may ask you to schedule a follow-up appointment so we can ensure your restoration fits properly.
Implant-Supported Dentures Vs. Conventional Dentures
Implant-supported dentures have several advantages over conventional dentures, some of which include:
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are missing all or most of your teeth, an implant-supported denture may be the ideal solution. Call (971) 447-0164 to schedule a consultation today!