Long-time traditional denture wearers often find that the fit worsens over time. This is due to the bone atrophy that follows tooth loss, causing the jaw to shrink and change shape. Unlike traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures maintain an excellent fit because dental implants halt bone atrophy in addition to providing many other valuable benefits. At our Philadelphia, PA, dental practice, Dr. Bruce J. Wilderman accepts monthly payments through CareCredit® financing to help you afford this advanced treatment.
About Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures are attached to dental implants rather than simply resting on the gums. In most cases, four to eight implants can be used to secure a full-arch denture. Once the implants have fully integrated with the jawbone, the denture will “snap” onto the implants posts for unparalleled stability. As a result, patients can eat and speak with total confidence, without having to worry that their denture will slip out of place.
Exploring Your Candidacy
Dental implant placement requires oral surgery. Candidates should be in good oral health and overall health. Non-smokers make the best candidates for treatment. Because conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes and hemophilia raise certain risks of surgery, we conduct a thorough review of your health history and current state of health before recommending dental implants.
If you wear dentures, or if you are in need of dentures, you owe it to yourself to learn more about how dental implants can benefit your health and your quality of life.
Candidates must also have adequate bone tissue to support the posts. Those who have suffered significant bone recession may require a grafting procedure to replace lost tissue.
The Treatment Process
Following implant placement, the jawbone tissue fuses to the implant posts, providing the ultimate foundation for your denture. This process usually takes between three and six months.
Once the implants have fully healed, your custom denture can be connected. The result is a natural-looking, functional smile and a denture that will not shift or slip out of place. Dr. Wilderman has over 30 years of experience in restorative dentistry, making our practice an excellent choice for rebuilding a compromised smile.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures offer many advantages over traditional dentures:
- Improved function: Conventional dentures tend to slip and shift when eating or speaking. With an implant-supported denture, you can chew efficiently and speak with total clarity.
- Jawbone retention: Because the implant posts stimulate the jawbone just like natural teeth roots, bone density is preserved.
- Enhanced fit and comfort: Those who wear traditional dentures must frequently have their restorations adjusted to accommodate changes in the shape of the jaw. Because implants help retain bone tissue, your implant-supported denture may never need adjustment.
- Adhesive-free stability: Traditional dentures often require the use of adhesives to keep them in place. There is no need for these messy materials with implant-supported dentures.
Schedule a Consultation
If you wear dentures, or if you are in need of dentures, you owe it to yourself to learn more about how dental implants can benefit your health and your quality of life. To explore your treatment options, schedule a consultation at our practice. Contact us online or call us at (215) 631-3085 today.