Implant-supported Dentures Offer Unparalleled Strength and Stability
Traditional dentures are a great restorative solution for some patients, but they will typically require adjustments to maintain a comfortable fit. Additionally, they are secured using dental adhesives, so they can often shift out of place. For patients seeking the most stable and comfortable prostheses available, we offer implant-supported dentures at our Chattanooga, TN, practice. This type of prosthesis is attached to titanium posts that are embedded within the jawbone for unrivaled security. Dr. Damien Armstrong works with implant patients to develop effective and individually tailored treatment plans. Contact our office today to learn more about the unique advantages of implant-supported dentures.
Restore the Look and Function of Your Smile
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jaw. Once healed, they fuse with the bone and replace the role of the missing tooth roots, providing a lifetime of support for permanent restorations. Securing your full or partial denture with the help of implants offers patients several functional and aesthetic benefits. Implant-supported dentures are considered permanent, meaning that they are fixed in place, and cannot be removed without the assistance of a dentist. As a result, implant patients will not need to alter their diets or worry about their prosthesis slipping or falling out of place. Additionally, these durable restorations do not need to be periodically adjusted as the lining wears down, which can save patients money over time. Implant-supported dentures will not only restore function and strength to your smile, they will also look completely natural.
Oral Health Benefits
One of the most significant benefits of supporting your dentures with dental implants is an overall improvement in oral health. When a person experiences tooth loss, the surrounding area of the jawbone will begin to atrophy or shrink. Often, this bone loss can accelerate with age. By integrating with the natural bone and replacing the natural tooth's roots, dental implants help to provide stimulation to the area when chewing or speaking, which can stop or reverse bone loss.
Am I a Candidate?
At River City Dentistry, we can evaluate your unique needs to determine if implant-supported dentures are right for you. During a consultation, we can use 3D imaging technology to examine your teeth, jaw, and oral structures. Patients who are interested in implants must have sufficient jawbone density to support the titanium posts. If you do not qualify, Dr. Armstrong may recommend a bone grafting procedure to improve your candidacy.
Receiving Implant-supported Dentures
Receiving an implant-supported denture is a multi-step process. First, patients must undergo implant placement surgery. Dr. Armstrong works with local surgeons to develop a comprehensive restorative treatment plan. After surgery, the implants are left to heal for four to six months. During this time, they will integrate with the surrounding jawbone. As a second procedure, the surgeon will attach an abutment to your implant post, which is a connector that rests above the gum line. Once the gums heal around the abutment, Dr. Armstrong can use it to secure your complete or partial denture firmly in place.
Schedule a Consultation
With implant-supported dentures, you can eat, speak, and smile with confidence. If you are seeking to restore your smile with the strongest and most secure dentures available, schedule an consultation at River City Dentistry today.