A more stable smile with less fuss.
A more stable smile with less fuss.
Missing teeth can be a source of embarrassment, affecting both your appearance and confidence. While traditional dentures have long been the solution for replacing lost teeth, they’re not always comfortable or secure. This can lead to difficulties with eating and speaking. Fortunately, advancements in dental technology have made implant-supported dentures a stronger and more long-lasting alternative.
At Eggleston Dental Care, our Turlock, CA implant dentist Dr. Jim Eggleston offers these convenient solutions to missing teeth. Keep reading to learn if implant-supported dentures may be right for your smile.
Implant-supported dentures are a type of denture that is anchored in place with dental implants. These implants are surgically placed into your jawbone, where they slowly merge with your bone over time to create a secure base for your dentures. The result is a complete smile that’s beautiful and sure to last.
There are three main types of implant-supported dentures: ball-attachment dentures, bar-attachment dentures, and screw-retained dentures. Each of these options offers its own unique benefits, and your implant dentist will help you determine which one is right for you.
Ball attachment dentures use a ball-and-socket mechanism to attach the dentures to the implants. This allows for a secure fit and easy removal for cleaning.
Bar attachment dentures use a thin metal bar that is attached to the implants. The dentures are then clipped onto the bar, providing additional stability. This option is especially good for patients who have experienced advanced resorption as the added stability will help keep the dentures in place in spite of the bone loss.
Screw-retained dentures are the most secure of the three options. They are attached to the implants with screws, making them permanent and non-removable. Since you can’t take screw-retained dentures out, you care for them just like your normal teeth simply brushing and flossing gently.
Implant-supported dentures offer several advantages over traditional dentures, including:
In general, anyone who has lost multiple teeth and has adequate bone density is a good candidate for implant-supported dentures. However, you may be disqualified if you’ve lost too much gum tissue or bone density in your jaw. Your dentist will evaluate your specific situation to determine if implant-supported dentures are right for you.
If you are interested in implant-supported dentures, finding a skilled and experienced implant dentist is essential. At Eggleston Dental Care, Dr. Eggleston is one of the leading providers of implant-supported dentures in Turlock, CA, and the surrounding areas. Our team has the knowledge, skills, and expertise needed to design and install custom implant-supported dentures that look and feel like natural teeth.
The process of getting implant-supported dentures typically involves the following steps:
During your initial consultation, your Turlock implant dentist, Dr. Eggleston will evaluate your oral health, discuss your options, and ask you about your smile goals to decide if implant-supported dentures are right for you. Your consultation is a great time to voice any questions or concerns you may have. If you’re nervous about implant placement, scheduled for a long procedure, or resistant to local anesthetic, we can offer sedation dentistry to keep you calm and pain-free.
Next, your implant dentist will take impressions of your mouth and any remaining teeth. These will be used as blueprints to create custom implants and dentures to ensure that they fit perfectly and complement your smile. If your current dentures are still in good condition, we may be able to use those instead of creating new restorations.
If necessary, your dentist will prepare your mouth for implant surgery by extracting any remaining teeth that may get in the way. Rest assured that any extractions will be performed under local anesthetic so that your procedure will be comfortable and pain-free.
To install your implants, your Turlock implant dentist will make small incisions into your jaw to insert your restorations directly into the jawbone. Over time, the implants will fuse with your bone in a process called osseointegration, creating a stable base for your dentures. This process takes anywhere from three to seven months.
Once you’re done healing, your dentures can be securely attached to the implants using a ball attachment, bar attachment, or screw-retained mechanism, depending on the type of fixture you have chosen. Dr. Eggleston will ensure that your dentures are properly fitted and adjusted to provide maximum comfort and stability.
After your implant-supported dentures are installed, your implant dentist will give you instructions on how to wear and properly care for them. This will likely include regular cleanings and checkups to ensure that your implants and dentures remain in good condition.
Implant-supported dentures are an excellent option for patients who want the convenience of dentures with the added stability and comfort of dental implants. With proper care and maintenance, implant-supported dentures can provide a long-lasting and natural-looking solution to missing teeth.
At Eggleston Dental Care, our team is committed to providing high-quality, personalized care to each of our patients. We serve new and returning patients from Turlock and surrounding areas such as Keyes, Denair, and Hatch, CA. Contact us today at 209-226-4963 or fill out the contact form below to schedule a consultation and learn more about how implant-supported dentures can transform your smile.