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What are implant-supported dentures?

What are implant-supported dentures

Patients missing a vast majority of their natural teeth may find that they are self-conscious about the look of their smiles. They may also experience the inability to chew and properly digest their favorite foods. When teeth are lost from extraction, decay, disease, or trauma, it is vital that San Antonio, Texas area patients visit with a restorative dentist to discuss their options for replacement. A popular choice available at Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio is implant-supported dentures. These oral appliances work to restore the appearance and function of the smile, allowing patients the opportunity to look, feel, and function their best!

What are implant-supported dentures?

Drs. Edward Camacho and Natalie Pennington describe implant-supported dentures as dentures that use implants, which are titanium posts surgically placed into the natural jawbone, to support and secure a full arch of replacement teeth. This prevents slippage and discomfort commonly associated with traditional dentures and provides added stability for better function when eating and speaking.

What are the benefits of implant-supported dentures?

In addition to improved appearance and function, implant-supported dentures also provide added health benefits by preserving the natural structure of the jawbone. Without stimulation from tooth roots, the jawbone begins to deteriorate, causing facial sagging and an aged appearance. With implant-supported dentures, this bone loss is prevented as the implants act as artificial tooth roots. Additionally, they allow patients to eat foods they might otherwise not be able to enjoy with traditional full dentures that use natural suction or denture adhesive to keep them in place. Apples, steak, and other hard-to-eat foods for patients with missing teeth are now a possibility!

Who is a good candidate for implant-supported, or implant-retained, dentures?

If you are missing a majority of your natural teeth and currently wear traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures may be the perfect solution for improved function and appearance. It is important to have optimal oral health before considering implant placement, so patients should be free of gum disease and decay before undergoing treatment. A consultation with one of our skilled dentists can determine candidacy and create a personalized treatment plan.

How long do implant-supported dentures last?

With proper care, implant-supported dentures can last for several decades. Regular brushing and routine flossing at home, as well as biannual visits to our San Antonio office for checkups and cleanings, will help ensure the longevity of your restoration. We can also educate you on how to care for your implant-supported dentures to keep them clean and fully functioning.

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