Dental Solutions of Stoney Creek
515 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA 19064
Difficulty chewing or speaking and a smile that is not aesthetically pleasing are just a couple of the ways in which missing teeth can affect your daily life. Until recently, the only option for replacing missing or severely damaged teeth was a denture. Unfortunately, traditional dentures don’t always look natural, and they can be uncomfortable if not fitted properly. They also slip out of place at inconvenient times. Our affordable quality implant-supported dentures look and function just like natural teeth, so you have the freedom to eat, talk, and smile with confidence.
Although implant dentures are most often used to replace missing teeth on the lower arch, they can be used on the upper jaw as well. Since the teeth are secured in place using posts embedded in the jawbone, the dentist will make sure that you have enough bone structure in your jaw to support the implants.
Traditional dentures sit on the gums and are typically held in place by adhesive pastes or strips. Even with adhesives, the teeth can feel unstable or even fall out of place when eating or talking. With implant-supported dentures, the teeth are permanently attached to the implant posts so that they never shift out of place.
The most common types of implant-supported dentures are ball-retained dentures and bar-retained dentures. Ball-retained dentures are held in place using ball-shaped attachments on the ends of the implant posts that fit into sockets on the denture. With bar-retained implants, the denture has attachments that clip onto a curved, metal support bar. The denture itself typically has an acrylic base and either acrylic or porcelain teeth that mimic the appearance of natural teeth.
In certain situations, it may be possible to complete the process in one visit; however, most patients require two appointments. During your first visit, the dentist will surgically implant the posts into the jawbone. Over the next three to six months, the posts will gradually fuse with the existing bone. Once you are fully healed, you will return for a second procedure during which the dentist will expose the tops of the implants and attach the denture. The procedures are performed using anesthetics, so any discomfort should be minimal. We will also provide you with aftercare instructions to help speed up the healing process and minimize any post-procedure discomfort.
It is true that implant-supported dentures do require an investment of time and money; however, the payoff can be life-changing. Dental implants benefit your overall physical and oral health by making it possible to eat and chew properly and by preventing bone deterioration that can lead to additional tooth loss. Having a beautiful smile that you are happy to share will also improve your self-confidence and make you more approachable to others.
Our dentists are dedicated to helping our patients find an implant solution that will work for their dental issue and budget. Since each patient is unique, the final cost of the procedure can vary. Your final implant-supported dentures cost is determined by the type and number of implants used, the complexity of the dental issue, and the type of follow-up care required. If you have dental insurance, all or part of the cost may be covered. Our staff will work with your insurer to make sure that you make the most of your coverage. You may also qualify for financing or payment arrangements to help you manage any out-of-pocket expenses.
Our implant-supported dentures are meant to withstand decades of normal wear. Of course, good oral hygiene is essential. We recommend that you brush the denture and the connecting abutments at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush. This will remove food particles and prevent the buildup of surface stains and bacteria that can harm your remaining teeth and gums. For the best results, use gentle horizontal strokes while holding the brush at an angle to the gum. You can use a proxabrush to remove food that may become trapped around the tips of the denture. It is also important to floss daily. A floss threader can help you reach any tight areas.
There is no time like the present to make your dental health a priority. If you have been hiding your smile because of missing or damaged teeth, our experienced dental implant specialists can help you regain your smile and confidence. Call today to schedule a consultation.