Implant-supported dentures are an ideal tooth replacement solution for patients missing most or all of their teeth. We offer both full and partial dentures, which attach to dental implants. At Windermere Dental Group in Orlando, FL, Dr. Susana Moncada can perform all stages of implant treatment to ensure the highest quality of care from start to finish. After placing the implant posts, Dr. Moncada can restore your smile with a custom set of dentures, which will be carefully crafted at our partner dental laboratory. Implant-supported restorations can reinstate both the form and function of your smile and protect against jawbone atrophy following tooth loss.
Benefits of Dental Implants
When teeth are lost, vital nutrients are rerouted to other parts of the body causing the jawbone tissue to deteriorate. Furthermore, when missing teeth are left untreated, the tissue degeneration continues. This can affect the structure of other teeth as well as your appearance. A dental implant and restoration is the only tooth replacement method that restores the roots of a tooth as well as the crown. By replacing the tooth roots, the implant post stimulates the jawbone and prevents further tissue degeneration.
Implant-supported restorations can reinstate both the form and function of your smile and protect against jawbone atrophy following tooth loss.
In addition, implant-supported restorations are more lifelike and stable than traditional dentures. Since they rely on posts embedded in the jaw for support rather than the gums, implant-supported dentures more accurately mimic the appearance of original teeth. They are also less likely to shift when you eat or speak.
Evaluating Your Candidacy
As with traditional dentures, candidates for implant-supported dentures have lost most or all of their teeth. However, in order to receive dental implants, you must have sufficient jawbone tissue to effectively support the implant posts. Dr. Moncada can evaluate your candidacy for dental implants by taking digital x-rays and scans of your teeth and jaw. If you have experienced substantial tissue loss, you may be able to restore your candidacy with preparatory procedures such as a bone graft or sinus lift. Dr. Moncada can recommend alternative treatment plans for patients who do not qualify for dental implants.
Receiving Your Implant-supported Dentures
Once you have healed from any preparatory procedures, Dr. Moncada can place your dental implants. The number of implants needed will depend on the size of your restoration. It typically takes between three and six months for patients to heal after implant surgery. We may fit you for a temporary denture during this time to protect the implants and reduce pressure on your gums.
When the implant posts have fused sufficiently with your jawbone, Dr. Moncada will perform a procedure to place a small connector, or abutment, onto the implant post. Dentures are attached to this abutment for a secure fit. We will take a series of impressions and send these to our dental laboratory to design your denture. It typically takes a few weeks for the lab to craft a custom restoration. Once your appliance is ready, we will affix the denture to your dental implants for a fully restored smile.
Create a Stable Foundation for Your Smile
Dental implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement and can provide patients missing most or all of their teeth with a stable and long-lasting tooth loss solution. To learn more about implant-supported dentures, call our office at (407) 294-1132 or contact us online to schedule your consultation today.