Implant Supported Dentures
Looking for an option for full smile restoration? Dentures are the most common and economical option, but implant-supported dentures are a much more effective solution. At the office of Dr. Pete N. Mellas, DMD, we are pleased to help patients obtain implant-supported dentures in Scottsdale, AZ.
Implant-Supported Dentures Explained
Implant-supported dentures are restorative options that consist of a denture arch mounted on a series of a few implants that keep the denture anchored in place. The implants are placed into the jaw bones. Then, a special set of dentures with attachments to connect to the posts of those implants are made. This creates a smile that looks more natural and offers a greater restoration of chewing power than standard dentures can provide.
Who Is the Best Candidate for Implant-Retained Dentures?
Individuals who have problems with standard dentures are the best candidates for implant-supported dentures. For example, people who have to wear denture adhesives to keep their dentures in place can benefit from the procedure. The best candidates will also have generally good oral health in spite of missing teeth. And certain medical conditions that affect how your body heals have to be considered.
Implant-Supported Dentures FAQs
How long does it take to get implant-supported dentures?
The time frame it takes for the full process to be complete can vary depending on several factors, such as the number of implants obtained, the types of implants placed, and even your age. Standard dental implants can take up to six months for your mouth to heal. However, you may be able to wear your normal dentures until the implants heal enough for support posts to be attached to connect to the dentures.
How many implants will I need for denture support?
The exact number of implants you need to support each denture arch can vary. However, most patients need between four and six implants for each arch for substantial support. This means in total, for an upper and lower set of dentures, you may need somewhere between 8 and 12 implants.
How painful is it to get dental implants for your dentures?
Obtaining dental implants of any kind will involve the dentist numbing the area before the work begins or even performing the surgery under general anesthesia. Therefore, you should not feel anything during the placement of the implants. You will have some general soreness after the procedure and while you heal, but the soreness can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.
Discuss Implant-Supported Dentures with a Scottsdale Dentist
When you want more stability than ordinary dentures can provide, implant supports for your dentures may be the solution. If you would like to know more about implant-supported dentures, reach out to the office of Dr. Pete N. Mellas, DMD, to schedule a consultation.