For years, removable dentures were the only solution to correct the problem of missing teeth. While dentures are a convenient and aesthetically appealing option, they don't address all health and function concerns. Common problems such as denture-slippage and dietary restrictions can make wearing conventional dentures less desirable than their secure counterparts.
One effective solution to this problem is to wear implant-supported dentures. At Hillcrest Dental, our dentists provide implant-supported dentures to help patients achieve a healthy and permanent solution to gaps in their smile. Contact our Petaluma practice today if you would like to schedule an appointment.
One of the greatest benefits of implant-supported dentures is how they stimulate the jaw tissue. This helps prevent resorption, which causes the appearance of premature aging. Implant-supported dentures also secure your smile with titanium implant posts. They are designed with special attachments that snap onto the implant, so you can avoid having them shift or slip out of place. Like conventional dentures, these restorative options can be removed to allow for proper daily cleaning.
Another benefit is how implant-supported dentures reduce dietary restrictions. Their durability allows for an easier time chewing food, meaning you can enjoy a more varied diet than patients wearing traditional dentures.
Those wanting implant-supported dentures can expect a gentle and caring approach through each step in the process. We first conduct a thorough consultation, where we’ll discuss your oral health goals and complete a full exam. Once we’ve established that you’re a good candidate for the procedure, we’ll take digital impressions so your custom crafted prosthetic fits comfortably. Those lacking the jawbone volume for proper fusion of the implant post can undergo a bone grafting procedure to bolster the area.
The second step of the process is to place the dental implants. These are titanium posts that are implanted into your jawbone and will serve as anchors for the dentures. Once the implants are placed, you will need some time to heal before the third and final step.
We complete the process by securing your dentures in place. The dentures snap securely onto the dental implants to prevent them from shifting out of place, but the dentures are still removable. That means your dentist can remove them to make adjustments, provide routine maintenance, or for thorough cleanings.
Implant-supported dentures offer those who wear them great benefits. Whether you’re currently wearing traditional dentures, or have missing teeth and want a complete solution, call Hillcrest Dental Group today for a consultation.