Implant Supported Dentures at HollowBrook Dental
Did you know that over 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and over 36 million have no teeth at all? Implant-supported dentures provides a permanent solution to missing teeth, restoring the ability to talk, eat, and smile again.
If you are in or near Colorado Springs, Colorado, visit HollowBrook Dental for your implant-supported dentures. Our solutions are different than the rest. We customize the arch(es) to fit your tissue and jaws and our materials are much stronger. We use digital scans, so you don’t have to worry about goopy impressions. With your input, we help you select the best shade, shape, and other aesthetic features to make your unique new smile. All of our dentures come with a 5-year warranty and maintenance plan.
Implant-Supported Dentures Explained
Implant-supported dentures are a permanent arch replacement for patients who are missing most or all of their upper and/or lower teeth. They are fixed in place and can only be removed by the dentist.
The dentist will surgically place 4 to 6 implants, per arch, into your jawbone. The arch(es) are screwed onto the implants holding them in place, allowing you to eat, talk, smile and laugh without concern of dentures slipping or falling out.
To qualify for implant-supported dentures, you need a significant amount of high-quality bone in your jaw, so not everyone qualifies. You may require additional procedures such as a bone graft to prepare your jaw for the implants.
Are Implant-Supported Dentures the Same as Implant-Retained Dentures?
No, they are not the same. Implant-supported dentures are permanent. Implant-retained dentures are removable.
What are Implant-Supported Dentures
This tooth replacement option offers the most natural, effective bite because your jawbone is absorbing the full force of the bite. This alleviates the pressure on your gums. Most patients require 4 to 6 implants for implant-supported dentures, which increases the cost of the procedure. They are fixed in your mouth and can only be removed by the dentist for cleaning.
What are Implant-Retained Dentures
This tooth replacement option typically requires 2 to 4 implants and in many cases, mini implants are used. The mini implants are known as subperiosteal implants and are often used when there is not enough quality bone for endosteal implants. This removes the need for a bone graft.
With implant-retained dentures, you can eat and speak normally- but your gums will absorb most of the bite, which may cause gum damage or discomfort. You will need to remove and clean them every night, just as you would traditional dentures.
How Long Does it Take to Get Implant-Supported Dentures?
The entire process for implant-supported dentures typically takes 2 to 7 months.
The first step is implant surgery. If you do have any teeth remaining, the dentist will extract those and then proceed with the implant placement. Our dentist will surgically expose your jawbone and place the implants into the bone. Then, abutments will be attached to the implants, this is what the denture(s) will be attached to.
One to two days following your implant surgery, we will set your new teeth. The dentist will secure the denture(s) to the implants with tiny screws, that will then be covered with a filling type compound. You will now have full use of your new teeth to eat, talk, smile and enjoy life.
The full healing process typically takes 2 to 6 months. During the healing process, the implants and bone will bond together. This is known as osseointegration and creates a strong foundation for the dentures.
Once the healing process is complete, we will take another digital scan of your arch to create your final set of dentures. Though your first set of new teeth are not your final set, they will look, feel and function very closely to one another.
How to Care for Implant-Supported Dentures
Food particles and bacteria can stain your dentures and can cause plaque and ultimately gum disease. Daily maintenance will take care of that. Since your implant-supported dentures are fixed in place, only the dentist can remove them. Your daily routine at home will be very similar to the one that people with all of their teeth go through:
- Brush twice daily with a soft-bristled brush
- Use regular toothpaste (no whitening or other special formulas)
- Standard dental floss may increase your risk of peri-implant disease, so use a water flosser set on low to clean your gums
- Rinse with antibacterial mouthwash 1 to 2 times daily
- Brush and floss natural teeth as normal
- Visit the dentist annually for a deep cleaning and dental exam
What do Implant-Supported Dentures Cost?
There are several factors that affect the cost of permanent denture implants. Insurance plans may cover all or a portion of the procedure and some don’t cover it at all. You will want to check with your provider to find out what coverage they provide.
Some of the factors that affect the price are:
- Quality of denture plates
- Number of implants
- Type of implants
- Additional procedures require
Schedule your Consultation Today!
If you live in or near Colorado Springs, Colorado and you are missing teeth, consider visiting HollowBrook Dental for implant-supported dentures. We will be more than happy to restore your smile with the best dental implants and anchored dentures so you can feel more confident. We look forward to scheduling your consultation with one of our experienced dentists today.