Implant-Supported Dentures in Lincoln, NE
While dental implants are adept at filling gaps in your smile and dentures can give you a full arch of coverage, patients may wonder if there’s a way to combine the two. Here at Family Implant Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, there is! An implant-supported denture with Dr. Derek Hoffman does combine the best of both worlds, allowing patients to get the full coverage of a denture-like device with the added bonus of dental implant support. Join us as we take a closer look.
What is a Fixed Denture?
A fixed denture is another name for an implant–supported denture, or otherwise immovable denture. These types of dentures are secured to the jawbone, and cannot be removed by any normal means. This ensures that the patient can utilize a strong bite and a confident smile without worrying about cleaning their denture constantly or of the denture becoming loose in any way.
The first step is to lay down the support for the denture. This typically involves four to six implants, depending on which arch of the mouth is being replaced. These four to six implant fixtures will support the denture and keep it stable, while also triggering osseointegration in the jaw (the source of dental implant success). Osseointegration is when the titanium in the implant triggers the jawbone to regenerate and wrap bone fibers around them. They treat the implants as real teeth, instead of the body rejecting them. After this, the custom denture can be secured in place over the implant. It’s a complete smile with as much strength as your natural bite and beautiful craftsmanship.
Implant-Supported Dentures vs Removable Dentures
If you already have removable dentures, or have been debating between which treatment is best for your smile, let’s explore the major differences between the two, and how Dr. Hoffman can help you decide what will benefit you most.
Removable Dentures: Removable dentures, whether full or partial dentures, are slipped over the gums and floor/palate of the mouth, and are often secured with an adhesive paste. Every day these dentures must be removed and cleaned off or soaked in a cleaning solution. While they can cover a whole arch of your smile, they actually do little to heal the jawbone underneath. Removable dentures also have an average lifespan of between 5 and 10 years, depending on natural wear and tear or changes in jaw shape.
Implant-Supported Dentures: Implant-supported dentures, as the name suggests, are dentures combined with implants that actually heal the jawbone as you wear them. While they do not need to be removed, they do need to be brushed everyday like you would with your natural teeth. Patients must also attend semi-annual cleanings to check that their denture is looking and feeling its best. But overall, implant-supported dentures are low-maintenance and more resilient than their removable counterpart, making it easier for patients to eat and speak more confidently.
See the Difference in Dentures in Lincoln, NE
Implant-supported dentures may sound like a new frontier for many patients missing multiple teeth. Take advantage of this unique treatment with Dr. Hoffman by scheduling a consultation at Family and Implant Dentistry, to determine your candidacy for a full arch teeth replacement device.