What Are Implant Supported Dentures

Hearing that you need to replace your teeth can be distressing. The idea of getting dentures can feel daunting. In reality, over time, you will adjust to your new teeth. With that said, there are different replacement options that may be available—some being very similar to natural teeth. One outstanding option is implant-supported dentures.

Below is more information about what implant-supported dentures are, how to find out if you’re a candidate, and how you can get started with the placement process.

What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?

Implant-supported dentures are a nice mix between dental implants and traditional dentures. Unlike traditional dentures that are held in place with suction, implant-supported dentures are firmly installed into the jawbone.

The implant-supported denture placement process involves titanium rods being installed in the jawbone of the patient, which the dentures are then attached to. These implants hold the dentures in place securely. If well cared for, dental implants themselves can last a lifetime.

There are a few different implant replacement options for rows of teeth. Speak with your dentist about which replacement option is best to meet your needs.

What Goes into the Cost?

There are a few factors that go into the cost of implant-supported dentures. These include the specific dentist, insurance, your location, and more. You’ll also need to consider what procedures may be required in addition to the placement of the implant-supported dentures.

If you currently have a few teeth left, your dentist may opt to pull those teeth to place dentures. This will be an additional cost. If your jawbone isn’t strong enough to support implant-supported dentures, you may still be a candidate if you undergo a bone grafting procedure. With that said, these procedures can be costly and will take time.

Speak with your insurance company and your dentist’s office to get a better idea of what to expect when it comes to the cost of your procedure.

How Long Will My Dentures Last?

Implant-supported dentures can last decades if they are well taken care of. With that said there are two different factors to consider when it comes to the longevity of your implant-supported dentures.

The first factor to consider is the implants. These implants fuse to your jawbone when they are installed. Because of this, they should last a lifetime. The second factor is the prosthetics. These often will last around 10 to 20 years if they are properly cared for. Eventually, though, they will need to be replaced.

Am I a Candidate for Implant-Supported Dentures?

In order to determine if you are a candidate for implant-supported dentures, you’ll need to visit a dentist that specializes in the procedure for an examination. During this examination, they will check your gums and jawbone. If you are physically able to handle the procedure, costs, insurance, and scheduling can be discussed. If not, a bone graft may be available to allow you to have implants placed.

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If you would like to learn more about implant-supported dentures, contact us today. We will discuss the procedure with you in greater detail.

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