Implant-Supported Dentures in Pennsburg, PA

For patients missing a majority of their teeth, implant-supported dentures are commonly used. Implant-supported dentures are dentures that are secured in place using implants in the jaw. They are often used when a patient no longer has teeth remaining in their mouth but enough bone in their jaw to support implants. Implant-supported dentures snap into place on top of implants but can be removed for cleaning.

Implant-supported dentures provide a number of benefits and are a great improvement from traditional removable dentures. They do not require any adhesives or powders to help the dentures stick and are very secure and comfortable, significantly improving the ability to chew. Because they preserve bone in the jaw and restore lip-support, implant-supported dentures also help maintain facial structures and minimize wrinkles.

Frequently Asked Questions about Implant-Supported Dentures

What are the benefits of implant-supported dentures?

  • Improved Stability: They won't slip or shift while you eat, talk, or smile.
  • Increased Confidence: You can enjoy a wider variety of foods without worry.
  • Better Speech: Improved denture stability can enhance your speech clarity.
  • Bone Preservation: Implants stimulate the jawbone, helping to prevent bone loss.
  • Durability: Implant-supported dentures can last many years with proper care.

How many implants are needed for implant-supported dentures?
The number of implants needed will vary depending on your specific situation. Typically, implant-supported dentures require at least two implants, but four or more implants are often recommended for optimal stability. Some implant-supported dentures, known as "All-on-X" can replace an entire arch of teeth with as few as four implants.

Are implant-supported dentures right for me?
If you have lost most of your teeth and struggle with traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures could be a good option. However, they are not suitable for everyone. Your dentist will consider your oral health, jawbone density, and overall health to determine if you're a candidate.

What is the procedure for getting implant-supported dentures?
The process typically involves multiple steps:

  • Consultation and Planning: Your dentist will discuss your goals and assess your oral health.
  • Implant Placement: Dental implants are surgically inserted into your jawbone. Healing time can take several months.
  • Abutment Placement: Small connectors are attached to the implants.
  • Denture Creation: The custom denture is created to fit your mouth and clip onto the abutments.

How much do implant-supported dentures cost?
Implant-supported dentures are generally more expensive than traditional dentures. The cost will vary depending on the number of implants needed, dentist fees, and geographic location.

How to care for implant-supported dentures?
You'll need to practice good oral hygiene to maintain your implant-supported dentures and your overall oral health. This includes brushing your dentures daily, cleaning the implants with special tools, and attending regular dental checkups.

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