A comfortable and convenient, fixed solution for replacing multiple teeth
Aside from aesthetic concerns, patients who are missing multiple teeth on the top or bottom arch may experience difficulty with their oral function. Implant-supported dentures are a very popular and efficient way to replace multiple missing teeth or a full upper or lower arch. OMFS offer implant-supported denture options that are designed for the individual that are subtle, comfortable and secure.
What are implant-supported dentures?
As the name suggests, implant-supported dentures are secured within the mouth by a number of supporting dental implants. The dental implants that support the denture become a permanent fixture within the jaw. Often patients prefer this option over conventional dentures due to the fact that that they are secured permanently and therefore less likely to become dislodged when speaking and eating. There are a number of implant-supported denture options your surgeon may suggest, depending on each specific case.
Partial dentures – can replace one or several missing teeth in a section of your jaw, and can reduce the pressures on your existing, natural teeth, helping to distribute everyday forces from chewing and grinding.
Full dentures – are a complete replacement for all teeth, and replace the entirety of the dental arch. Full dentures may require the extraction of any remaining natural teeth to ensure a secure fit on the gums and an optimum result.
Depending on the case, your surgeon may suggest a number of different implant-supported denture options. The number of implants required to support the denture may differ and each option may have its own pros and cons. Speak with your surgeon about the most effective option for you!
What are the advantages of dentures?
- No longer restricted to a soft food diet
- They are visually appealing – high quality implant supported dentures look just like natural teeth
- Muscle support – implant-supported dentures can help to reduce muscle and bone deterioration in the jaw
How long does it take to get implant-supported dentures?
There are a number of different ways to place implant-supported dentures, meaning that treatment duration may vary. Generally, the procedure can be completed in two stages: the placement of the implants within the jaw and then the exposure of the top of the implant in order to place the denture. This process can take between 3-6 months from start to finish in order for the implant to fuse with the jawbone.
If you are currently wearing a set of conventional dentures, you may be offered a temporary denture to wear whilst the implants heal and your implant-supported denture is made.
Implant-supported dentures at OMFS in Melbourne
If you have been referred for implant-supported denture surgery, fill out our patient registration form here!