Implant-supported dentures are over-dentures fixed to the gums by mini implants. For patients with an uncomfortable or loose-fitting denture, stabilizing it with mini implants can be a more comfortable and functional solution.
If you decide to undergo mini dental implants in Gurnee with our dentist, the process is quite straight-forward. Mini implants are first placed in the jaw, where they are anchored firmly in the surrounding bone. Attachments are placed in the underside of the denture that connect to the implants. When placed in the mouth, the denture snaps onto the implants, keeping it stable and secure.
When determining how many implants will be needed for a set of full dentures, your dentist will look at imaging of your mouth to determine areas with sufficient bone density. Depending on the results of your personal assessment, you may need 4-8 implants in order to support a full row of upper or lower teeth. If you are only replacing a four-tooth bridge, you may only need two dental implants to support your denture.
There are many reasons why dental patients opt for dentures supported by mini implants. Here are some of the benefits that come with this restorative dental choice.
- CONFIDENCE. People who opt for implant-supported dentures are more confident when they talk, laugh, and eat in public. You'll never have to worry about your false teeth slipping or falling out while you eat or are engaged in conversation.
- COMFORT. Implant-supported dentures are far more comfortable because they are secure and feel like natural teeth. There is also less irritation of gum tissue; patients who have conventional dentures often suffer pain and canker sores.
- APPEARANCE. Implant-supported dentures look more natural than conventional dentures because less plastic is needed for retention. Wearing implant-supported dentures can also help your appearance in the long term by preventing jaw shrinkage and bone loss.
- SPEAK CLEARLY. Patients with conventional dentures have difficulty with speaking clearly. Slurred speech and clicking noises are common problems. Implant-supported dentures can help you relax and talk easily with a more clear and natural voice.
- ADHESIVE-FREE. Best of all, with implant-supported dentures, there is no need to use denture adhesives.
Unlike traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures allow you to enjoy all your favorite foods once more. You are not required to eat only soft foods. Some patients experience a period of adjustment while they become familiar with their new dental appliance, but soon feel confident to enjoy difficult-to-eat foods such as apples, corn on the cob, and steak.
It’s not recommended that you sleep with your dentures in. Removing your dentures at night gives your gums and jaw a break from the pressure of wearing the appliance. Removing them at night can also help reduce the possibility for damage to your dentures while you sleep (grinding and clenching). You also produce less saliva while you sleep, which can contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria on your dentures.
Similar to traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures must be cleaned every day. When it’s time to clean your dentures, you will detach them from the abutments (connection points) on your gums. You should use a soft, single-tuft toothbrush to gently brush your gums, including the area around the abutments. Use a different brush and denture cleaner to clean every part of your dentures. Store the dentures in a glass of clean water or denture fluid every night.
The Excellence in Dentistry team is committed to helping patients regain their confidence to smile, laugh, and enjoy life. If you are interested in implant-supported dentures or another restorative dental service, contact our office today to speak with a friendly member of our staff. We hope to hear from you soon!