When you’ve lost one or both rows of healthy teeth, an implant supported denture offers the closest to natural restoration option. Like other implant supported tooth replacement options, implant dentures partially replace root structures to help patients maintain healthy supportive bone and gum tissue and maintain the optimal level of oral health and function. Before we recommend a treatment, we’ll need to you to call the Albuquerque dental office of Timothy M. Kelly, DMD to schedule a tooth replacement consultation appointment. During your consultation, we’ll review your oral health, overall health, and health history to help you determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for dental implant supported dentures. If you decide to move forward with an implant denture, we’ll partner with you to create a personalized treatment plan to deliver a flawless, natural looking smile for life.
Traditional dentures are crafted using a gum colored base material to support a full row of replacement teeth. Because there aren’t remaining teeth to provide support for these full dentures as is possible with partials, the prosthetic is instead molded to fit snuggly against the gum line, creating suction that holds the prosthetic in place. Unfortunately, traditional dentures only restore about 10 to 20% of healthy chewing function, which significantly limits diet. To maintain optimal function, dentures need to be refitted or relined regularly, and they should be completely replaced every five to ten years.
Implant supported dentures are crafted like traditional dentures, but the base material may be thinner and lighter. They are attached to between four and six implant posts, creating a more natural end result than is possible with removable dentures. Some of the many benefits of dentures supported by dental implants compared with removable prosthetics include:
Every patient’s treatment plan will be different, but in most cases, you can expect the following:
The only way to know for sure whether or not you are a candidate for an implant supported denture is to schedule a consultation appointment with our team. However, some of the characteristics we look for in the ideal candidate include: