Implant-supported dentures are considered a breakthrough in treatment techniques designed to replace missing teeth. As an advanced form of tooth restoration, implant-supported dentures offer patients a way to achieve renewed form and function, free from the constant worry of dentures slipping out or shifting loose. While many patients report that the treatment process involves no more discomfort than most other major dental procedures, understanding what the process entails can help candidates for implant dentures get a better idea of what they can expect.
With implant-supported dentures, titanium posts are fused to the jawbone through the gums in the areas of missing teeth. These dental implants provide a fastening point to dentures that can snap in and out of place. The discomfort from this process is typically very little due to a local anesthesia administered before the implantation. Many patients also opt to have sedation techniques performed to help them undergo the procedure in a fully relaxed state.
After receiving your implants, your dentures should fit more precisely and should not move or slip along the gums. They offer many benefits for patients looking for alternatives to other common missing teeth replacement procedures, such as:
- Reduced bone loss compared to traditional dentures or bridges
- Increased comfort and stability
- Elimination of pain from dentures rubbing against gums
- Decreased risk of food particles slipping between dentures
After your implants are put into place, your dentures should be so secure that they may even feel like your natural teeth. While some numbness or sensitivity is to be expected immediately following the procedure, most discomfort can be alleviated with over-the counter pain medication. If you are still hesitant about the procedure, Dr. Fulbright and his team of professionals will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have. To learn more or schedule an initial consultation, contact us today.