Implant-Supported Dentures in Doylestown, PA
Dentures in one form or another have been used as a tooth replacement solution for centuries. Fortunately, the design and fit of dentures have kept pace with advances in technology, and they are now more comfortable and esthetically pleasing than ever before.
A common complaint, however, is the tendency of some traditional removable dentures to slip and shift, usually at the most awkward moments. Dentures that don’t stay in place are not just embarrassing; they can cause discomfort and make it a challenge to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
How Dental Implants Can Help
A dental implant is surgically placed in your jaw, and over time, it integrates fully with surrounding bone and tissue. The implant is a small titanium post that acts as a replacement root. This is an important benefit because the artificial root stimulates bone growth in the jaw, preventing the deterioration that can occur when a tooth is missing.
Using dental implants, our skilled prosthodontists can stabilize your dentures, providing a tooth replacement that restores the function lost along with your natural teeth. Implant-supported dentures re-establish lip support to eliminate the sunken appearance caused by bone and tooth loss. They are also removable, so they make oral hygiene much more efficient.
Traditional dentures rest on top of your gum line and use natural suction and denture adhesive to hold them in place. An implant-supported overdenture, however, snaps into place on top of implants for a comfortable, secure fit.
Types of Overdentures
There are different types of overdentures that we can use, depending on your needs:
A milled bar implant-supported denture consists of a curved retention bar that follows the shape of your jaw and is securely anchored to the dental implant. The overdenture then snaps onto the bar, holding the denture securely in place. Because of its design, a bar-retained denture supports sagging lip and facial muscles, resulting in a fuller appearance.
Locator-supported overdentures are secured to the gums using several implants strategically placed in the jaw. The implant and denture have corresponding attachments that snap securely into place.
Aside from stability, using dental implants helps make the denture less bulky. A traditional denture consists of a plate that covers your entire palate and the taste buds on the roof of your mouth. An implant-supported denture conforms to the roof of the mouth and does not cover the palate, therefore allowing the denture wearer to optimally enjoy their food.
Reclaim Your Beautiful Smile
The Doylestown Dental Group crafts beautiful, comfortable dentures and overdentures using the top dental labs and highest quality materials available. We customize your removable dentures with an acrylic base that will match the appearance of your natural gum tissue. The artificial teeth can be made of acrylic or porcelain and are created to look natural and enhance your appearance.
For more information on implant-supported dentures, please contact our office to arrange a consultation. We will answer your questions and work with you to find the type of denture that fits your needs.