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Implant Supported Dentures

Tooth loss is a serious issue that impacts every aspect of your life. The more teeth you lose, the worse these effects become. Missing an entire arch of teeth, whether it is the top arch, the bottom, or even both, can make once simple tasks like eating and speaking extremely difficult. Your digestion suffers, and the effects to your smile can cause your confidence to plummet. Over time, your jawbone also begins to weaken. Combined with tooth loss, bone loss can impact your facial appearance, aging you drastically. At New Heights Dental & Braces, we can provide full arch replacement with implant supported dentures.

Traditional Treatment for Tooth Loss

Traditionally, full arch replacement has been done with a full denture. Dentures have been the go-to treatment for hundreds of years. Dentures today consist of an acrylic gum-colored base that holds acrylic resin teeth. They are made from impressions of your mouth, and the base is designed to rest directly on your gums. While dentures have undergone numerous developments over the years, making them more natural in appearance and much less bulky, they still have several significant drawbacks. Dentures require additional care every night, they can slip around in your mouth, and they have to be replaced periodically.

What Are Implant Supported Dentures?

Implant supported dentures are a modern alternative to traditional dentures. This treatment uses dental implants to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are small posts, usually made from titanium, that are surgically placed into your jawbone. Your bone then fuses to the posts, stabilizing them in your jaw. This process, called osseointegration, turns the posts into strong roots that are then used to hold the ceramic crowns that replace your missing teeth securely in your mouth.

Types of Implant Supported Dentures

There are a few different types of implant supported dentures that can be used to replace an entire arch of teeth.
•  Fixed. This is the most common type of implant-supported denture. This treatment uses 6 to 8 implant posts to provide the support for your new teeth. The teeth are screwed into place on the posts.
•  Bar-retained. Bar-retained dental implants use 6 to 8 posts as well, but all of the posts are connected by a titanium bar. After you have fully healed, your teeth are snapped into place on the bar, rather than screwed into place.
•  All-on-4® Treatment Concept. This treatment uses only four implant posts and is commonly used when you have lost too much bone mass to support the 6 to 8 posts normally used. These posts are placed strategically in your jaw to maximize contact with your existing bone mass, avoiding the need for a bone graft.

The Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures

Implant supported dentures provide several benefits, including:
•  The ceramic crowns look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. No one will be able to tell that the teeth are fake.
•  Your teeth are much more comfortable. They are supported by the posts rather than your gums.
•  The posts hold your teeth securely in place. They will not move around in your mouth or fall out.
•  Your new teeth can be brushed and flossed just like your real teeth.
•  The posts stimulate your jaw just like the roots of your natural teeth. This stops and prevents bone loss in your jaw, helping the jaw to remain strong and healthy.

With implant supported dentures, you regain the functions of your mouth and teeth, your smile, and confidence. Call New Heights Dental & Braces today at (210) 828-5300 to schedule your consultation and find out if implant supported dentures are right for you.

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New Heights Dental & Braces

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San Antonio, TX 78209-3232

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