Implant-Supported Dentures: A Permanent Replacement for Missing Teeth
Dental implants provide patients with the most secure foundation available in modern dentistry. Dental implants offer the added benefit of jawbone stimulation, which can help prevent further bone loss. Dr. Stephen J. Malki recommends implant-supported dentures to patients missing a large number of teeth or an entire dental arch. He can complete every phase of this complex treatment in our River Edge, NJ, office, so patients do not have to see a specialist at a separate location.
What are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures are prosthetic teeth that are permanently affixed to dental implants. The implants are surgically placed in the jawbone in strategic locations, and the dentures attach to the implants with a ball-and-socket connector. They can replace an entire arch of missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw, or both.
The implants also replace the missing tooth roots, stimulating the jawbone and preventing bone loss. The dentures that attach to the implants restore full form and function to your smile. Because they are permanently affixed to the implants, they will never slip out of place, allowing you to smile, speak, and eat with utmost confidence in your restoration.
How are Dental Implants and Dentures Placed?
With standard dental implants, Dr. Malki must place up to six implants in the upper or lower jaw to support a full denture. Implant posts are titanium posts that look like small screws. Dr. Malki surgically places these screws into the jawbone through small incisions made in your gums. Once the implants are in place, Dr. Malki will close the incisions with small dissolvable stitches.
Recovery takes approximately three to six months. During this time, your jawbone fuses with the implant, which creates the permanent and stable foundation needed to support your dentures. Once you have healed, Dr. Malki can attach your permanent dentures.
Dental implants provide patients with the most secure foundation available in modern dentistry.
Some patients may not require as many as six dental implants and can instead achieve their goals with only four implant posts. In some cases, your current dentures can be worn while you heal from dental implant surgery. If, however, Dr. Malki determines that your current denture is unsuitable or will hinder the healing process, he may be able to provide a temporary restoration for you to wear for a couple of weeks until he determines that you can wear your dentures.
Why Choose Implant-Supported Dentures Over Removable Dentures?
Removable dentures do not provide the jawbone stimulation that implant-supported dentures do. Because they fuse with your jawbone, implant-supported dentures effectively replace your tooth roots. With removable dentures, the jawbone can continue to change and shrink, requiring patients to be fitted for a new set of dentures every few years. Dental implants prevent further bone loss, and can last a lifetime with proper care.
Implant-supported dentures also require far less maintenance than removable dentures. Rather than removing your dentures, brushing them, and soaking them overnight, you simply brush and floss as you would your regular teeth. While traditional dentures use suction and dental adhesive to remain in place, implant-supported dentures connect directly to the implants for superior stability.
Choose a Permanent Replacement for Your Missing Teeth
If you have lost a significant number of teeth and are weighing your options, call our office at (201) 646-0800 or contact us online to schedule a denture consultation. Dr. Malki can discuss the options we offer and help you decide which one is right for you.