If you currently wear full dentures, you understand the disadvantages that can result. Messy denture adhesives are often used to keep them in place, but even then, you don’t feel confident in their hold to enjoy a delicious steak or a crunchy, tart apple. This is a common concern for many patients who are faced with wearing full dentures to replace all the teeth in their dental arch. But what if there was another way? What if there was a reliable option that not only allowed you to enjoy all your favorite foods but provided lifetime replacement? The dentists at Marsh Cove Dental and Implant Center in Naples, FL encourage patients to ask about an alternative such as implant-supported dentures, which may also be referred to as “implant-retained” dentures.
Understanding implant-supported dentures?
Unlike traditional full dentures which include false teeth and gums and need to be held in place using denture adhesives, implant-supported dentures use dental implants that are placed along the dental arch. Typically, anywhere between four to six implants are used to hold a more conservative full denture in place. Because the new dentures use the implants as a strong foundation, patients find that their dentures will remain in place and allow them to function reliably with their new restoration.
Who is a good candidate for implant-supported dentures?
The best candidates for these types of dentures are patients who have enough bone structure for the successful placement of dental implants. Without this, the implant procedure may fail. Patients serious about obtaining implant-retained dentures may want to ask their dentist about preparatory procedures to rebuild the bone, such as bone grafting. This can prepare the mouth for the placement of implants in the future, ensuring there is sufficient bone in the jaw to hold the implants. Determining if a patient is a good candidate often starts with a physical evaluation and a series of x-rays to assess the patient’s current oral health and wellness.
Call Marsh Cove Dental and Implant Center
Schedule your consultation with our dentists in Naples, FL to discuss the benefits of using implant-supported dentures to replace your teeth. The office is located 6654 Collier Boulevard, Suite #104 and accepts new and returning patients who call (239) 331-3575 for appointments.