What Are Implant Dentures?
Implant dentures—sometimes called implant overdentures—are an innovative method of tooth replacement that offers a number of unique advantages over traditional removable dentures. Since traditional dentures are only held in place by suction and/or an adhesive, they can potentially move along the gums. As a result of this movement, patients may experience discomfort, impaired speech, food limitations, and troublesome gum irritation. Implant overdentures, however, are designed to stay securely in place using dental implants for retention and stability, resolving many of the inconveniences associated with removable dentures and offering additional advantages.
What Are the Benefits of Implant Dentures?
The key to the success of implant overdentures are dental implants that are strategically placed along the gums to lock the denture in place. Made of titanium, the dental implants fuse to the jawbone and provide exceptional stability for the denture. Each denture is custom-made to fit precisely in the mouth for a secure, comfortable fit and beautiful smile.
The advantages of this method for full arch tooth replacement can include:
- A natural-looking smile
- Stronger bite
- Fewer food limitations
- Improved speech
- Enhanced comfort
- Preserved jawbone density
- Minimized wear to gums
Most patients who opt for implant overdentures experience a boost in self-esteem as they can eat, speak, and smile with renewed confidence.
Who is a Candidate for Implant Dentures?
While many patients choose implant overdentures to replace an entire set of missing teeth, others may choose to upgrade from traditional dentures to implant overdentures in order to avoid many of the frustrations traditional dentures can entail. In some cases where patients find they have insufficient jawbone volume to support an entire arch of implant supported fixed tooth restorations, implant overdentures can become a preferable alternative.
Since the dental implants that secure the overdentures in place must fuse to the jawbone, ideal candidates for implant overdentures need to have an adequate degree of jawbone density to support the titanium posts. Some patients who do not have adequate jawbone density may require a bone grafting procedure prior to receiving implant overdentures. During the consultation process, one of our prosthodontists will perform an oral exam and discuss your personal goals and expectations to determine which method of tooth replacement is best suited for your needs.
What Can I Expect During the Implant Denture Procedure?
To achieve the highest quality results for our patients, implant denture procedures at Schweitzer & Schweitzer, PC are generally performed in phases. For your convenience, every phase of your implant denture treatment plan will be performed in-house. This process ensures continuity of care between each step and helps us attain the quality results we are known for. Even your prostheses will be designed and fabricated on-site in our state-of-the-art dental lab.
The procedure begins with surgical placement of the dental implants that will hold your overdentures in place. Prior to the start of this phase of treatment, you and your prosthodontist will decide on the most suitable method(s) of sedation/local-anesthesia to prevent any anxiety and discomfort during the procedure. Once you have been anesthetized, your prosthodontist will place the titanium implant posts into your jawbone according to the details of your treatment plan. These implants are then allowed to heal for three to six months, until the jawbone tissue has fused with the titanium posts through a process called osseointegration. As the implants are healing, you will be able to wear a temporary denture. When the implants have completely healed and your final denture is ready, your prosthodontist will check the fit and aesthetics to ensure proper function and a natural-looking appearance.
How Much Do Implant Dentures Cost?
At Schweitzer & Schweitzer, PC, the overall price for implant dentures can fluctuate based on the unique details of each patient’s custom treatment plan. The total cost for your care is determined based on a variety of factors:
- Number and type of dental implants needed
- Any treatments or procedures required prior to implant placement (i.e. extractions, bone grafts, or periodontal therapies)
- Complexity of the procedure
- Number and type of custom denture prosthetics required
- Materials used to fabricate the overdentures
- Anesthesia fees
We are a specialty practice of prosthodontists, and we deliver high-quality work. Though our prices tend to be a bit higher than the average dentist, you will find that we are not the most expensive in town either. We believe the value of our services and the reliable work we provide is well-worth any additional cost you may perceive when comparing providers. Since we offer the full range of state-of-the-art and traditional prosthodontic options, we are able to fully customize your treatment to suit your priorities and goals.
If you are interested in learning more about how much your implant overdentures would cost, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced prosthodontists. At the end of your appointment you can review a detailed price quotation and look into the payment types we accept, our in-office payment plans, and available financing options through CareCredit®. If you have dental insurance, it is possible that your plan could cover a portion of your treatment, though dental implants are usually considered an elective procedure by most companies. We are happy to review and explain your dental care benefits and calculate any out-of-pocket expenses you would be responsible for.
For more information about replacing missing teeth with implant overdentures, please contact our practice to schedule a consultation today.