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, Dr. Robert Rioseco offers state-of-the-art implant dentures that can provide a number of unique advantages over traditional dentures.
What Are Implant 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.
What Are the Pros of Implant Dentures?
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:
- No pastes or adhesives
- Optimal comfort
- Secure, precise fit
- Improved bite strength
- Ability to speak with confidence and ease
- Natural feel and look
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.
What Are My Implant Denture Options?
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:
- All-on-4®: With the All-on-4® technique, each implant denture is held in place by four dental implants per arch. Two of these dental implants are located toward the front of the mouth on either side of the arch, and two additional implants are placed toward the rear of the arch and angled posteriorly.
- All-on-6: This implant denture technique is a variation of the All-on-4® method, but uses six dental implants per arch rather than four. “All-on-6” is typically a good choice for patients with minimal jawbone density and can be used to avoid the need for bone grafting.
- Full Mouth Restoration: This full mouth replacement technique is used for patients who need to replace both the upper and lower arches simultaneously. The result is a brand new, beautiful, and fully-functional smile.
How Is the Implant Dentures Procedure Performed?
The first step of the implant denture procedure involves oral surgery to place the dental implants into the jaw according to your customized surgical plan. These titanium implants can then fuse to the jawbone and serve as anchors for your new dentures. A temporary denture may be worn during the time it takes for the dental implants to fuse. Then you can return to our office and your permanent denture can be secured in place. Each implant denture is custom-made to fit comfortably in the mouth and look natural.
How Much Do Implant Dentures Cost?
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.