Only 2% of those missing teeth are treated with dental implants. Two main factors that prevent patients from choosing dental implants are cost and complexity. However, implant-supported dentures offer an effective alternative to dental implants. To begin the implant-supported denture process, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Mueller in Port Orchard, Washington.
Implant-supported dentures are replacement teeth placed on top of dental implants affixed to your jawbone. Implant-supported dentures clip onto the implant through the use of a connecting ball or bar attachment that snaps on to affix the teeth to your implants. Regular dentures rest on your gums, and are not supported by implants.
Implant-supported dentures benefit you if you don’t have any teeth, but have enough bone in your jaw to support the implants. Implant-supported dentures work for both your upper and lower jaw.
However, implant-supported dentures tend to benefit the lower jaw because regular dentures are less stable there, and upper jaw dentures may not need the extra support offered by implants.
Just as with regular dentures, it’s important that you remove implant-supported dentures every day and clean both the dentures and your gum area. Don’t sleep with implant-supported dentures at night.
When you make a choice to have implant-supported dentures with Dr. Mueller, he begins by reviewing your medical and dental histories. He also takes X-rays and creates impressions of your teeth and gums. You get prepped for two surgeries.
During the first surgery, Dr. Mueller places the implants in your jawbone. He does this by making an incision in your gums where the implant gets placed. Dr. Mueller then drills a hole in the bone, places the implant in the hole, and stitches you closed. Once complete, you wait three or four months for the bone and implants to attach and fuse together.
The second surgery for implant-supported dentures involves Dr. Mueller making a small incision in your gum to expose the tops of the implants and place a healing cap on the head of each exposed implant. This process helps guide your gum tissue to heal correctly and remains in place for 10 to 14 days.
Two weeks after your second surgery, the healing caps get replaced with regular abutments. Your bridges or dentures get created and attached to the connecting device.
The benefits of implant-supported dentures over conventional dentures include:
To find out if implant-supported dentures are right for you, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Mueller in Port Orchard, Washington.