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Do Dentures and Implants Work Together?

Do Dentures and Implants Work Together?
May 1, 2022

What Are Dentures?

They are tooth-replacement appliances featuring artificial teeth and a gum-like base. Dentures are perfect for restoring multiple missing teeth, compared to their counterparts that work better for single tooth replacement.

Depending on the number of lost teeth, you can get partial or full dentures. Partial dentures are particular to the number of teeth you have lost so that the rest of your natural teeth remain intact. Full dentures, on the other hand, replace all your teeth. You would need to be toothless to receive complete dentures. If not, your dentist will perform tooth extractions to remove any remaining teeth before placing the dentures.

How Do Dental Implants Help If I Have Full Dentures or Partial Dentures?

After losing multiple of your natural teeth, dentures may be the best option for replacing them. It is so because dentures can replace multiple missing teeth in a row. The initial dentures you get will be removable. It means that you can remove them freely, whether during the day or night. However, soon after you get them, the dentist near you will recommend keeping them on continuously until your mouth adjusts.

However, patients looking for a permanent solution to tooth loss will not want to have removable dentures. The last thing you would want is your partial or full dentures to fall or slip off in public. To avoid such embarrassments and inconveniences, some patients opt for permanent dentures. To get such dentures, you would need to first receive dental implants near you to hold the dentures in place.

What Are Dental Implants?

They are tooth-shaped titanium metal posts for replacing the roots of missing teeth. At Concord Dental & Orthodontics, we consider dental implants the perfect solution to permanently replacing missing teeth. They replace the roots of teeth through a surgical procedure. After healing, a dental crown, a dental bridge or denture, crowns the dental implant. At the end of your treatment, you will have both the crown and root of your teeth intact, similar to natural teeth.

Since getting dental implants entails a long procedure, some patients become hesitant. Ideally, you would need at least two dental visits to receive complete your treatment, with some patients requiring more visits. Thankfully, there is a different solution for patients who need to shorten their treatment period.

Same-day implants in Concord, CA, are dental implants you can receive on the very day you lose your natural teeth. When you lose your natural tooth, it detaches from the socket, leaving a hole. Instead of allowing the wound to heal before you get dental implants, you can ask your dentist to get same-day implants. The dentist would capitalize on the space of the lost tooth. This way, there is no need to cut your gums or drill your jawbone. Your dentist may only need to stitch up your gums to support the implant and begin the healing process.

Benefits of Dentures and Implants

Implant-supported dentures feature a combination of dentures and dental implants. The tooth implants act as the roots for lost teeth, while the dentures replace the crowns. Technically, one dental implant should replace one missing tooth. However, it would be overwhelming to get an implant for every tooth you have lost. The stakes are higher if you are toothless. Therefore, a dentist will use the all-on-4 technique to install a few implants strategically in your jawbone, enough to support the dentures. The number of implants will range between 4 and 10. Once in place, the dentist will affix dentures to the implants to complete your treatment. The benefits of such a procedure over the standard removable dentures are:

  1. Permanence – you never have to worry about your dentures falling off randomly.
  2. Durability – when your dentures remain in place without frequent removable, they last for a long time.
  3. Sturdiness – implant-supported dentures are sturdier than removable ones. Besides, the implants offer increased support to the dentures, similar to natural teeth.
  4. Promoting healthy jawbone – an inactive jawbone is susceptible to degeneration over time. Replacing teeth with both dentures and dental implants promotes jawbone health by fostering the regeneration of new bone tissue to support the new teeth.
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