What are Implant-Supported Dentures?

Implant-Supported Dentures Dentists Grandville MI

Are you tired of wearing dentures that slip? If so, it’s time to schedule a consultation with one of our implant restoration dentists in Grandville, MI. They’d be more than happy to help you explore your tooth replacement options, including implant-supported dentures. Unlike conventional full dentures, implant-supported dentures are anchored in the jawbone to give you the ultimate stability while you chew, smile, and laugh.

Here’s what else you need to know about implant-supported dentures.

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root that’s made out of a titanium alloy. This titanium screw is biocompatible with your jawbone tissue, which means it’ll act as a stable foundation for an abutment and crown. Together, the implant, abutment, and crown provide you with the full function and appearance of a natural tooth.

At 44 West Dental Professionals, we offer several different types of dental implant restorations. These include single-tooth implants, all-on-4® implants, and implant-supported fixed dentures.

Why Should I Choose Implant-Supported Dentures?

Implant-supported dentures replace an entire arch of teeth, which is perfect for patients who have experienced significant tooth loss. If you’re getting frustrated with slipping dentures, implant-supported fixed dentures will give you the stability and confidence you crave.

In general, implant-supported fixed dentures are held in place by four or six dental implants. Our office will refer you to an oral surgeon who will insert these implants into the jawbone and leave them to heal over the course of several months during a process called osseointegration.

During this time, you won’t be without teeth because your oral surgeon will place a temporary denture on top of the implants. Once the implants are properly fused to the bone, the permanent denture appliance will be placed over top.

Since conventional dentures sit on top of your gums, they don’t prevent bone loss in the jaw. This means that patients who wear full dentures are at an increased risk of jawbone deterioration and eventual facial collapse. This can give the patient a sunken appearance and make it difficult or uncomfortable for them to continue wearing dentures.

The good news is that implant-supported dentures exert constant and even pressure on the jaw. That way, the body knows that the bone tissue is still in use and won’t absorb the minerals to use elsewhere.

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How Can I Learn More About My Tooth Replacement Options?

The best way to explore your tooth replacement options is to schedule an appointment with one of our implant restoration dentists. In addition to implant-supported dentures, we also offer restorations for single-tooth implants, all-on-4 implants, dental bridges, and dentures.

During your consultation, we’ll evaluate the condition of your gums, any remaining teeth, and jawbone to determine the best solution for your smile. Whether you’re missing one tooth or several teeth, our dentists and their team will do everything in their power to ensure you’ll be able to smile with confidence in no time.

Request an Appointment with Us

Our implant restoration dentists in Grandville, MI, are accepting new patients and are proud to serve Greater Grand Rapids. To schedule an appointment and learn if you’re a candidate for implant-supported dentures, please call 44 West Dental Professionals at (616) 530-2200. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.