For patients missing one or both rows of teeth, traditional dentures have proven to be an effective means of restoring the function of the mouth. However, there are many inconveniences associated with wearing traditional dentures. At The Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, AACD-accredited cosmetic dentist Robert Rioseco, DMD offers state-of-the-art implant dentures that can provide a number of unique advantages over traditional dentures.
Implant dentures, also called anchored dentures or implant-supported dentures, are securely held in place by dental implants. Since the dental implants fuse to the jawbone, these removable dentures feel more stable and can improve comfort on the gums. Each implant denture is custom-made to look beautiful and natural, improving the aesthetics of your smile as well as oral function.
With traditional dentures, pastes or adhesives must be used to hold the denture in place, which can be troublesome as well as messy. Even after traditional dentures have been adhered to the gums with an adhesive, “slippage” often occurs, leading to physical discomfort, difficulties eating, or fear that the dentures will shift while speaking. Implant dentures allow patients to leave these worries behind and can provide the following benefits:
Compared to traditional dentures, implant dentures may also reduce wear to the gums and minimize loss of jawbone density. Some of our patients who are not good candidates for a full set of single-implant tooth replacements choose implant dentures as an alternative with many of the same advantages.
During the consultation process, Dr. Rioseco will perform an oral exam and design a customized treatment plan for your implant dentures that is suited for your needs. There are several techniques available for performing the implant denture procedure. Depending upon factors such as jawbone density and the arches that need to be replaced, one of the following options may be used:
Implant dentures can either be implant-retained or implant-supported, and understanding the differences between the two is important:
Implant-supported dentures are crafted from high-quality materials that are designed to last for decades, or even a lifetime, with proper care. Compared with dentures fabricated from acrylic or resin composite, dentures with replacement teeth made of zirconia or another type of high-quality porcelain/ceramic material will usually provide the longest-lasting results.
Regardless of the material used, occasional maintenance may be necessary to keep your dentures in optimal shape. It is also critical that you maintain good oral hygiene and attend twice yearly exams/cleanings at our office—this allows Dr. Rioseco to detect any potential problems with your dental implants (or dentures) early so that he can administer prompt, effective treatment or repair solutions.
Implant dentures should be cleaned daily with a very soft bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. If your denture is removable, you should keep it in a special solution or water to keep it from drying out. Those with implant-retained dentures should also clean the tongue, gum tissue, and pay special attention to the areas around the implants.
Since each implant denture procedure is customized for the individual patient, the cost will vary. Factors that may influence the price of implant dentures include the technique used, the number of arches that need to be replaced, and laboratory fees for manufacturing the denture. Dr. Rioseco can give you an accurate quote for your custom-tailored implant denture procedure at the conclusion of your initial consultation. Patients who might benefit from low monthly payments or low to no interest may take advantage of one of our dental financing options.
To learn if you are a good candidate for implant dentures, please contact The Center for Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule your consultation.