Living with an incomplete smile can leave you feeling discouraged and embarrassed, especially if you’re missing several teeth. Not to mention the effects it has on your health. Even though dental implants are a great option, replacing every single tooth with a dental implant would be costly and time-consuming.
That’s why we offer implant-supported dentures as a permanent solution to replace an entire arch of teeth. Within a few appointments, Dr. Stovall can affix an entire denture to the dental implants so you can experience the benefits of a natural-looking smile without the inconvenience of traditional dentures. Explore the benefits of implant-supported dentures and why we recommend them.
The Downside to Traditional Dentures
While dentures serve their purpose of completing your smile, they’re held in place by adhesives and reduce bite forces by 20 to 50% when compared with natural teeth. In addition to slippage and difficulty chewing, dentures also contribute to bone loss, which changes the structure of your face and causes it to appear sunken in.
Patients report having difficulty speaking and complain that the additional maintenance is inconvenient. Not only do your teeth serve a functional purpose, but they’re a major part of your appearance and your smile is nearly impossible to hide.
Most ailments and imperfections are concealed within our bodies, but the health of our teeth is on display every time you open your mouth. It’s important to be proud of your teeth because it will keep you smiling.
4 Steps to a Full Smile
Completing your smile with implant-supported dentures is easier than ever. Within a few procedures, you can regain your confidence with a new set of teeth. Here are the steps to a complete smile:
- Dr. Stovall will make a small incision in your gums and surgically affix the dental implants into your jawbone
- Within about three to six months, your gums will heal around the dental implants through a process called osseointegration
- The abutments are attached to the dental implants, which serve as a connection to the denture
- The dentures are set into place and you can start enjoying the benefits of your new smile
Complete Your Smile with Dr. Stovall
With implant-supported dentures, you can replace an entire arch of teeth without the hassles of traditional dentures. Schedule a consultation at Stovall Dental by calling (919) 583-7081 or simply fill out the contact form and Dr. Stovall will be happy to explain the life-changing benefits of implant-supported dentures.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who are the best candidates for implant-supported dentures?
While we offer several types of dental implants, implant-supported dentures are for patients who are missing an entire arch of teeth. If you’re interested in learning about our tooth replacement options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Stovall by calling (919) 583-7081.
During the consultation, Dr. Stovall will examine your oral health and provide you with information so you can make the best decision based on your needs and smile goals.
In order to qualify for the surgery, you’ll need to be in good overall health, free of gum disease, and have sufficient bone density. We may recommend a supplemental surgery prior to receiving dental implants to ensure the procedure has the best possible outcome.
How long after an extraction to get dental implants?
You’ll have to wait two to three months after an extraction before undergoing a dental implant procedure. This will ensure the extraction site and bone have fully healed. During the healing period, you’ll have the option to wear a temporary denture so you don’t have to worry about living with an incomplete smile.
Dr. Stovall will examine your oral health to determine when you’re ready for dental implant surgery. Waiting too long after an extraction may lead to bone loss, so she’ll be sure to monitor you closely to decide the best time.
How long do implant-supported dentures last?
While the dental implants themselves can last a lifetime, you’ll have to replace your dentures with normal wear and tear. Dentures can last 10 to 20 years by maintaining a proper oral care routine of brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing between meals.
In addition to following a proper care routine, you’ll want to have biannual checkups and professional cleanings at our Goldsboro office to improve the longevity of your restoration.
Are implant-supported dentures removable?
Implant-supported dentures can only be removed by a qualified dentist. During your biannual appointments, Dr. Stovall will remove the dentures to clean them. In between appointments, you’ll care for them the same as you would your natural teeth by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing between meals.
Implant-supported dentures require the same maintenance as your natural teeth. No need to take them out before bed to soak them, or apply adhesives to get them to stick. Just brush and care for them like they’re your natural teeth.
Will insurance cover implant-supported dentures?
While most insurance companies classify the procedure as cosmetic, it also has restorative benefits and insurance may cover a portion of the expenses. We recommend contacting your provider prior to your consultation to get a better understanding of your specific coverage.
If you have any questions we can answer, don’t hesitate to call our office at (919) 583-7081 and one of our helpful team members will be happy to assist you.