Implant-supported Dentures Can Restore Your Smile, Your Confidence, and Your Quality of Life
If a compromised smile is making it difficult to enjoy life to the fullest, it may be time to consider implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures are anchored directly to the jawbone with small titanium posts called dental implants, which are designed to replace missing tooth roots. They provide an unparalleled level of stability, allowing you to chew, speak, and smile without worrying that your dentures will shift out of place. Berger Dental Group offers custom, natural-looking implant-supported dentures at our Columbia, SC, and Elgin, SC, offices. To learn more, call us today.
Why Choose Implant-supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures offer a number of benefits over traditional dentures:
- Improved Speech and Stability: If you previously wore traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures will feel like a major improvement. Dental implants provide virtually the same level of stability as natural teeth. They allow you to speak more clearly and chew all the foods you love, including apples and steaks.
- Greater Confidence: The look of your new smile can greatly increase your self-esteem. You will not have to feel self-conscious while eating, and you will be able to smile, laugh, and speak without worrying that your dentures might slip out of place.
- Jawbone Retention: Following tooth loss, the jaw will begin to atrophy, or shrink. Over time, traditional dentures must be constantly relined to achieve a comfortable fit as the jaw changes shape. Dental implants are the only restorative solution that can halt jaw atrophy following tooth loss. As a result, implant-supported dentures require little, if any, refinement.
- Long-term Satisfaction: With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Placing Dental Implants
Dental implants are threaded, much like a wood screw. They are surgically placed in the jaw, where they become permanently fused with the bone tissue. Placing implants typically requires two surgeries. We can use a computerized tomography (CT) scanner to assess bone density and plan your implant placement and treatment timeline. Implants require ample healthy bone tissue. If you have waited to address missing teeth and experienced some bone atrophy, we can place a bone graft prior to implant surgery. To maintain your comfort during oral surgery, we offer safe, effective pain control and sedation options including nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation.
During the first surgery, an incision is placed in the gums, and a pilot hole is created in the bone. After the implant is placed in the jaw, the gums are stitched closed over the implant, which fuses to the jaw over the next three to six months. Once fusion is complete, your surgeon will attach an abutment piece to the implant during a second surgery. The abutment serves as the point of contact with your dentures. Once the gums have fully healed, we can begin the process of creating your custom denture. We can provide a temporary denture in the meantime.
Durable, Natural-looking Dentures
Your dentures will be carefully crafted using premium materials to achieve a comfortable fit and provide an attractive, natural-looking appearance. Once complete, we will ensure that your implant-supported dentures fit properly and that they complement your unique facial features.
Contact Our Dental Practice
If you are suffering with a compromised smile, implant-supported dentures can make it possible to stop worrying about your missing teeth and start enjoying the best things in life, such as chatting with friends and eating a delicious meal. The caring dentists at Berger Dental Group can answer all your questions and help determine if implant-supported dentures are right for you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.