If you’re researching dental implants or dentures, there’s a good chance you, a friend, or a family member are missing a few teeth. While missing teeth can be a problem, both functionally and aesthetically, the good news is that a variety of solutions exist to replace missing teeth, such as implant supported dentures (sometimes called “overdentures”).
One question we often get from patients who are looking at solutions to replace their missing teeth: “What are implant supported dentures?”
In this brief article, we’re going to give you the “essential information” you need to know in order to decide whether or not implant supported dentures are right for you. As always, it’s important to meet with a dentist in your area to discuss all of your options.
If you are in Johns Creek or the surrounding area and are researching dentures or dental implants, we encourage you to contact our office today in order to schedule your consultation. Dr. Forester is one of the most experienced dentists in the Johns Creek area, and he will be able to advise you on which option is best for your unique situation.
Dental Implants or Dentures: Which are They?
Many patients understand dental implants and dentures to be two entirely different treatments that are mutually exclusive. While a patient can receive dental implants without dentures (and vice versa), these two treatments actually work very well when combined.
If you think you have to “make a choice” between the two, then you haven’t considered implant supported dentures where you can get the best of both worlds.
How do Implant Supported Dentures Work?
An implant supported denture is an overdenture that is attached to a series of dental implants. These titanium dental implants are attached to your jaw bone and mimic a natural tooth root to secure your denture firmly in place.
Implant supported dentures are a wonderful option for patients looking for a safe, effective way to care for their overall dental health while improving the appearance of their smile. Patients are able to achieve their goal of a good looking, natural smile as well as having the structure of their jaw and mouth supported by the dentures themselves.
Many patients feel that overdentures give them the best of both worlds because they are able to remove their dentures when necessary, while at the same time getting the sturdy, anchoring effect that dental implants provide.
When dentures are secured by dental implants, they are just as solid as your natural teeth (if not more so), and you will be able to eat virtually anything you desire.
Who is a Good Candidate for Implant Supported Dentures?
One of the first “rules” of implant supported dentures is that you must have enough jawbone to support dental implants.
Once it is established that you have enough jaw bone, then further evaluation can determine whether or not you are a prime candidate for implant supported dentures.
At Lifetime Smiles, we always try to match each patient with a solution that is right for them. If for any reason we feel that implant supported dentures are not the best option for you, then we will let you know right away. We’ll present other options available that may provide you with the same results you were looking for from implant supported dentures.
How Can I Take Care of My Implant Supported Dentures?
The good news is that taking care of your overdentures does not differ much from your general oral health routine. Continue to implement the following strategies to achieve the best outcome for your teeth:
Brush & Floss Regularly – Continue to brush and floss your teeth twice a day to make sure you remove any debris that could have gathered throughout the day. Flossing will help remove any excess plaque and will keep your teeth and gums happy and healthy. Another tip? Take out your overdentures and rinse them thoroughly. This can help get rid of any extra food or build-up before you begin brushing. You’d be amazed and what will come off from simply beginning with a rinse.
Be Gentle – When you’re brushing, be gentle. Take your time while working around the different parts. A soft bristle toothbrush will help you control the pressure you’re putting on your dentures and also help prevent any damage.
Regular Visits to Your Dentist – Implant supported dentures can be a wonderful addition to the overall appearance and well-being of your mouth, but you’re not meant to do this on your own! Continue visiting Dr. Forester for your regularly scheduled appointments so he and the Lifetime Smiles team can help you maintain a healthy smile by monitoring your dentures and the fit overtime.
If you are in the Johns Creek area and think that implant supported dentures may be an option for you, then we encourage you to contact Lifetime Smiles today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Forester.
During your consultation appointment, you can discuss your dental concerns with Dr. Forester. Feel free to ask him as many questions as you have about dental implants, dentures and overdentures.
You’ll get feedback on whether or not implant supported dentures are a viable treatment option to replace your missing teeth.
Call us today or contact us here to schedule your consult.