Implant-supported dentures, sometimes referred to as all-on-four dentures, are a more secure type of prosthetic that is held in place by a series of dental implants in the upper and lower jaw. A series of implants are placed into the jaw and the dentures securely snap onto the implants so they don’t shift around when you eat or speak.
The implants also stimulate the jaw bone to prevent bone loss, unlike traditional dentures. Your dentures are still removable so you can take them out at night. Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin DeGroot at Lakeview Modern Dentistry today.
Implant-supported dentures can cover less of your palate because the implants hold them in place.
At your consultation, Dr. Kevin DeGroot will examine your mouth to look for signs of tooth decay or gum disease that need to be treated. X-rays will be taken to get a look at your jaw bone density to see if you would be a good candidate for implants. If you do not have adequate jaw bone structure, you may need bone grafting.
A series of titanium implants will be placed into the jawbone. It will take 3-6 months for the implants to osseointegrate (fuse with the jaw).
Dr. Kevin will take impressions of your teeth to create your removable dentures. These impressions will serve as a model for the shape, size, and shade of your teeth and how your bite fits together. Until you can receive your permanent dentures we will give you a set of temporary dentures to wear.
Once your dentures have been fabricated, we will have a trial fitting where the dentures are clipped into place to test how they feel and fit. If any adjustments need to be made, we will make the changes. Otherwise, you can enjoy your new set of teeth.
Traditional dentures accelerate bone loss because of wear and tear to the ridges of the bone.
Implant-supported dentures are more stable, comfortable, and allow you to eat a diet free of restrictions because of the stability that the implants provide. These dentures will not shift around when you eat or speak and cannot fall out of your mouth. Most importantly, dental implants are the only tooth restorations that prevent bone loss.
Because the implants restore the function of the tooth’s root, the jaw bone becomes stimulated when you chew and promotes new cell regeneration in the jaw bone. Patients are also able to speak more clearly and their facial structure is more supported, preventing facial sagging.
To be considered a good candidate for implant-supported dentures, you should:
Implant-supported dentures last much longer than traditional dentures and need fewer repairs or replacements.