No More Dentures that Shift and Slide
If you’ve had a denture for a long time, you’re probably aware of the burdens that can come with it. Whether it’s a partial or full denture, they never seem to feel quite as natural as they could. That’s where implant dentures in Jacksonville come into the picture. This type of restoration is unlike any traditional denture because it works in tandem with dental implants. If you wish your restoration was more reliable or simply needed to try something different, don’t hesitate to contact us at the Dental Center in Jacksonville!
What Are Implant Dentures?
Dental implants in Jacksonville are prosthetic tooth roots that bond with the jawbone, enabling them to provide an extremely sturdy base of support for the dentures that go on top of them. Implant dentures tend to last longer and feel much more natural than their traditional counterparts.
There are different types of implant dentures. During your consultation, our team might determine that one of the following is a fit for you:
Fixed/Permanent Implant Dentures
Fixed implant dentures, sometimes called hybrid prostheses, are permanently attached to the 4 – 6 implants that support them; they are only removed when you visit your dentist for a cleaning, checkup, or other service. Many patients enjoy the convenience of always having their new teeth in their mouth.
Removable Implant Dentures
Removable implant dentures usually require just 2 – 5 dental implants, which makes them a popular choice among patients who have lost some bone density in their jaw. They are secured in place with the help of either bar-shaped or ball-shaped attachments. They should be taken out of the mouth regularly for cleaning.
The Implant Denture Procedure
The process for implant dentures consists of four parts:
- During the consultation, your implant dentist in Jacksonville will review your oral health so we can determine if implant dentures are a fit for you.
- The implant placement surgery involves inserting implants into the jawbone. We are able to perform this complex procedure right here in our office.
- Over the next three to four months, the implants will be given time to heal and bond with the jawbone in a process known as osseointegration. During a second minor surgery, we’ll reopen the gums and place healing caps on your implants.
- After two more weeks of healing, we’ll replace the healing caps with abutments (small connector pieces), and an impression will be taken. This final impression will be used to create your permanent denture.
Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentures?
Candidates for implant dentures are more than likely missing all of their teeth. Those who have been missing their teeth for an extended period of time will likely need to undergo additional surgery to expand their current bone volume. In addition to having adequate jawbone volume, candidates should also be in fair overall health, be free of gum disease, and have good habits that will support their implants’ long-term success.
Most patients who want implant dentures do qualify for them, either immediately or after some preliminary procedures.
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
You can expect to experience numerous benefits after you receive your implant dentures, including:
- A more stable restoration overall. Patients with implant dentures tend to enjoy clearer speech, freedom from fear of their denture falling out, and heightened confidence in social situations.
- The ability to eat all your favorite foods. Dental implants integrate with bone, which means the function you previously lost should be restored.
- A more natural appearance. Dental implants prevent the jawbone from deteriorating, meaning that your face can maintain its natural shape.
- A long-lasting restoration. Implant dentures tend to retain their fit for much longer than traditional dentures.
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