Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant Supported Dentures Diagram from Blue Summit Dental Group
Tooth loss has many causes. The most common cause is gum disease, but it can also occur as a result of facial trauma, severe tooth decay, or bruxism. Your smile deteriorates, and your confidence drops. It becomes more difficult to bite and chew, which can also impact your nutrition. You may develop a lisp or other speech difficulties. Over time, your jawbone begins to resorb, growing weak and changing shape. This causes healthy teeth to shift out of alignment and also affects the appearance of your face. The more teeth you lose, the worse the effects become. Replacing missing teeth is essential, whether you are missing a whole arch of teeth or just one tooth. At Blue Summit Dental Group, we offer implant-supported dentures for full arch replacement.

Traditional Full Arch Replacement

For a long time, replacing an entire arch of missing teeth meant only one thing, dentures. Dentures have a reputation for being bulky, uncomfortable, and very unnatural looking. Thanks to modern developments, many improvements have been made to these restorations, and they are still used today.

While dentures have undergone many changes in recent years, the premise behind them is still the same. They are a removable prosthesis with fake teeth set into a base that is supported completely by your gums. The dentures of today consist of acrylic resin teeth, which can be designed to look just like natural teeth, and an acrylic base that can be colored to match your gum tissue. Along with looking more like natural teeth, dentures are also much less bulky.

Despite the improvements dentures have undergone, there are still many major drawbacks. First, they require a significant amount of additional care that can become tedious. They may slip out of place when you eat or speak, which not only causes embarrassment but sores on your gums as well. Because the prosthesis is supported by your gums, they can be uncomfortable. Moreover, they cannot stop bone loss in your jaw, meaning that they need to be replaced every few years.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures are a modern alternative to traditional dentures, providing you with another option for full arch replacement. This treatment uses small titanium posts, which are surgically placed into your jawbone, to support your arch of replacement crowns. As you heal, the bone fuses to the posts, integrating them into the jaw. Over time they become strong, stable supports for your new teeth. There are a few different options for implant-supported dentures.
•  Fixed. This is one of the most common treatments for implant-supported dentures. 6 to 8 posts are implanted into the jaw to support your new teeth.
•  Bar retained. While this treatment also uses 6 to 8 posts, a bar that connects all of the posts is placed after surgery. Your teeth clip on to the bar rather than being screwed into place on the posts.
•  All-on-4® Treatment Concept. This treatment is commonly used when you have suffered bone loss, and your jaw is not suitable for other types of implant-supported dentures. It uses only 4 posts, but these posts are placed in such a way as to take full advantage of your existing bone mass without the need for a bone graft first.

The Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures

There are numerous benefits to implant-supported dentures.
•  They look much more natural. The crowns mimic the properties of your natural teeth, including color and how enamel reflects light.
•  They feel much more natural and are significantly more comfortable. Your teeth are supported by implants rather than your gums.
•  Your teeth are held securely in place. There is no need to worry about your teeth slipping or falling out of place.
•  The crowns can be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth.
•  The posts restore stimulation to your jaw, stopping and preventing bone loss.

If you are missing a full arch of teeth, an implant-supported denture may be the solution for you. Call Blue Summit Dental Group today at (810) 658-9177 to schedule your appointment.
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Ralph J. Becker, D.D.S., P.C.
7007 Davison Rd
Davison, MI 48423-2005

(810) 658-9177
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