Implant-Supported Dentures Offer Enhanced Stability
Implant-supported dentures can give you a dramatically enhanced quality of life by improving the function, appearance, and health of your smile. The implants will support a stable, lifelike prosthetic that will allow you to eat your favorite foods and speak with confidence. At Pampered Smiles in East Point, GA, and Atlanta, GA, Dr. J.D. Murray and Dr. William Alexander provide complete implant care, from placement to restoration. They use advanced technology to provide superior care with minimal discomfort and recovery time. In fact, thanks to the innovative All-on-4® system, they can often provide same-day implant-supported dentures.
Dental Implants: A Basic Overview
Made of titanium, biocompatible dental implants will fuse with your jawbone to permanently replace your tooth roots. Dr. Murray or Dr. Alexander will find the ideal position for between four and six implant posts using detailed scans of your jaw. Once you have healed from implant surgery, the posts will provide support for a denture that is custom-made to fit your mouth.
The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
When you neglect to replace missing teeth, it can have far-reaching consequences. Initially, tooth loss will affect your appearance. Not only will you have gaps in your smile, but your lips and cheeks may also start to sag or appear sunken-in without support from your teeth. Missing teeth can also make it difficult to chew and severely limit your diet. Finally, tooth loss will impact your self-confidence. Many patients even stop smiling because they are embarrassed about their appearance.
What to Expect When You Receive Implant-Supported Dentures
When you first come to our office, Dr. Murray or Dr. Alexander will carry out an examination to determine your candidacy for implant-supported dentures. If you have suffered measurable jawbone recession, there may not be adequate bone density to support the implants. However, a bone graft or sinus lift can often help rebuild tissue and allow patients to continue with treatment.
Dental implants are considered to be permanent with proper care, and your denture will not require frequent adjustments like a standard restoration would.
After any necessary preparatory procedures, your dentist will perform your implant surgery. Through small incisions in your gums, he will place several implant posts in your jawbone. Frequently, he will position six implants to support a full arch restoration. In these cases, you will need to wait between four and six months to heal before you can receive your fixed denture.
Some patients may be good candidates for the All-on-4 technique. This procedure uses four smaller implants, reducing the impact to your jaw and accelerating your healing time. With this method, you can typically receive an implant-supported denture on the same day as your surgery. In either case, you will enjoy a beautiful and natural looking final prosthetic, custom-crafted from advanced materials.
The Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures vs. Traditional Restorations
Our traditional dentures are highly functional and very natural in appearance. However, no removable restorations can offer the same benefits as an implant-supported prosthetic.
- Dental implants are considered to be permanent with proper care, and your denture will not require frequent adjustments like a standard restoration would.
- Your denture will never slip out of place, and the force of your bite will be much greater than it would be with a removable restoration.
- The enhanced stability will give you a greater sense of confidence. You will be able to speak clearly and you will not have to worry about embarrassing mishaps when you smile.
- A traditional denture can cause gum recession because it constantly rubs against the soft tissues of the mouth. In contrast, an implant-supported denture will remain firmly anchored in place.
- Implant posts can stimulate jawbone regeneration, preventing a changing facial structure and an aged appearance.
Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment
To learn more about implant-supported dentures and their benefits, contact Atlanta Pampered Smiles online today. You can also call us at (404) 349-7889.
"As a family practice, we understand the importance of providing treatments for patients of any age. We pride ourselves on our comprehensive cosmetic, restorative, and implant treatments."Dr. Murray