Dental Solutions of Bala Cynwyd
187 W City Ave, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Traditional dentures simply sit on the gums. If not fitted properly, they can be uncomfortable or even shift out of place as you speak or chew. Most patients rely on adhesives to hold their dentures in place, but adhesives can be messy and unreliable. Implant-supported dentures, however, are attached to posts that are implanted into the jawbone so that they never shift out of place. Although typically used to replace missing teeth in the lower jaw, implant-supported dentures can be used in the upper jaw as well. If you have missing teeth but still have sufficient bone mass in the jaw to support the implant posts, dental implants may be right for you.
The two primary types of dental implants used by our dentists are ball-retained dentures and bar-retained dentures. Ball-retained dentures have small ball-shaped attachments at the end of each post that fit into sockets on the dentures to hold them in place. With bar-retained dentures, the teeth are attached to a curved metal bar. With both types of implants, the teeth are made from acrylic or porcelain and have an acrylic base to mimic the appearance of your natural teeth and gums.
The implant process is typically completed over the course of two visits. The first visit involves surgically implanting the support posts under the gum line and into the jawbone. The posts are allowed to heal and fuse into place for three to six months. At that time, you will return to our office so that the dentist can perform a second procedure to expose the tops of the implants and attach the new teeth. Depending on the exact nature of your dental issues, it may be possible to complete the process in only one visit. During your initial consultation, the dentist will perform a comprehensive dental exam to determine which type of implant and procedure is best for you.
Your final implant-supported dentures cost will be based on several factors, including the location of the implant, the complexity of your dental issues, the type and number of implants used, and the number of follow-up visits required. Depending on your dental insurance coverage, all or part of the cost may be covered under your plan. Our dentists and staff will work with you and your insurer to find an implant option that works with your needs and budget. Call today to find out more about our various insurance, financing, and payment options.
Many of our implant patients have worn traditional dentures for a number of years. They are often dissatisfied with the unnatural appearance of their dentures, find that their dentures are uncomfortable, or are tired of having their teeth slip or move at inconvenient times. Dental implants offer a permanent and reliable solution for missing teeth. Not only will your new teeth look beautiful and feel comfortable, but they will function just like natural teeth without the worry of shifting or slipping. Unlike traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures also help to reinforce the jawbone and help to prevent bone loss that can alter the shape of the face. Regain your smile and dental health by scheduling a consultation with one of our dental implant specialists.
Our implant-supported dentures are made from the highest quality materials designed to last for years. The key to keeping your implants looking their best is to practice good oral hygiene. This starts with twice daily brushing. You should clean the teeth and the connecting abutments each morning and night. This will remove food debris and surface stains and help prevent the buildup of bacteria inside the mouth. To avoid damaging the surface of the teeth, you should use a soft-bristled brush and clean the teeth by holding the brush at an angle to the gum while using gentle horizontal strokes. For stubborn food debris, your dentist may suggest that you use a proxabrush to clean around the tips of the dentures. You can also use a dental threader to floss in the tight areas between the teeth.
Our dentists have extensive experience performing dental restorations using implant-supported dentures. Begin your journey toward a better smile today by calling for an appointment.