NORTHEAST TEXAS PERIODONTAL SPECIALISTS
Nathan E. Hodges, DDS, MS

How Long Do Implant-Supported Dentures Last

Patients missing a significant number of teeth have a few restorative options available to them. A patient can have a full or partial denture which can be either a removable, traditional denture or a fixed implant supported denture rockwall tx. A traditional denture is held in place with denture adhesive and suction and an implant supported denture is held in place using dental implants.

For an implant supported denture, the number of implants required depends on the number of teeth being replaced. If just a few teeth need to be replaced in one area at the mouth, one or two implants may be able to support the dental prosthesis. If an entire arch of teeth need to be replaced, 4 to 8 implants may be used. Dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically screwed directly into the jawbone with a portion protruding through the gum tissue. The piece above the gum tissue is where the dental prosthesis is attached. Dental implants can support one individual tooth or a full arch of teeth.

What is the procedure for an implant supported denture?

After your dentist and the oral surgeon have determined that you are a candidate for an implant supported denture, the oral surgeon will place your implants in one visit. If you need preparatory surgeries such as bone or gum graft, or even a deep cleaning, this will need to be done and healed before your implants can be placed.

A local anesthetic will be administered in the area receiving the implant before your doctor makes an incision in the gum tissue to access the jaw bone. They will then drill a small hole into the jawbone and screw the implant into the hole. The implant will be covered with a temporary abutment, also called a healing cap, which will protect the implant during healing. Once the implants are completely healed and integrated with a jaw bone, your dentist will be able to restore the implant with a denture or individual crown.

What are the benefits of an implant supported denture?

An implant supported denture is significantly more stable and comfortable for the patient than a traditional denture. Since an implant supported denture is secured into place using screws or cement, the denture cannot slip when the patient eats or speaks. A traditional denture is held in place with denture adhesive which can allow for slipping and irritation to the gum tissue.

An implant supported denture is also better for your overall health. A dental implant acts as the root of a tooth which helps stimulate bone regeneration. A traditional denture sits on top of the gum tissue and overtime, can allow for bone degeneration which can lead to an ill-fitting denture and even changes to your facial structure.

How long do implant supported dentures last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. The denture may need to be replaced every 20 years or so due to normal wear and tear but a traditional denture will likely need to be replaced at least every 10 years due to your bone structure changes.

How much do you implant supported dentures cost?

The overall cost of an implant supported denture will largely depend on the number of implants you need. An implant can cost between $1500 and $3000 each and a full denture can cost up to $30,000 per arch.

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