Gentle Dental of Allentown
2015 West Hamilton Street, Suite 202, Allentown, PA 18104
When some of your teeth are missing, you might struggle to chew food and speak clearly. Thankfully, our dentist can replace missing teeth with dentures. However, traditional dentures often slip out of place. For that reason, we might suggest implant-supported dentures for additional stability. To find out if you are a suitable candidate for denture implants, contact us today!
Even though denture implants work a lot like traditional dentures, you don’t just set them on your gums. They’re attached to dental implants via a variety of connectors, the exact type is selected for your specific needs. Because of that, you don’t have to worry about them slipping out when you eat and speak.
Despite implant-supported dentures attaching to implants, you can still detach them. Actually, you should take them out overnight and must clean them every day.
Affordable quality implant-supported dentures are the perfect solution for replacing missing teeth if your jawbone can support implants. Usually, these dentures are only necessary for the lower jaw because this is where the traditional ones are the most unstable. However, our dentist can also make them for the upper jaw to improve the function of your denture. Visit our dental office to learn more about your options.
Mainly, there are two types of implant dentures. In either case, they have gum-colored acrylic bases and two or more artificial implants. However, you choose whether they’re made with acrylic or porcelain teeth to match your natural teeth in shade and shape.
Firstly, bar-retained dentures feature a curved metal bar and up to five implants. The artificial teeth are connected to the bar using clips or some other type of connector. Since the dentures click into place over the bar, you can’t see the metal.
Secondly, ball-retained implant-supported dentures feature male and female attachments. The male connectors are fixed to the dentures, and they fit into the female sockets that are fixed to the implants. Sometimes the ball connectors are placed on the top of the implant and the sockets on the denture.
Our dentist can recommend the best type of dentures for your needs. During your exam, the dentist will review your dental and medical history. We might get X-rays and run other tests as well. The X-rays will show where your implants and dentures need to be positioned. Also, we’ll get an impression of your gums and teeth so that the lab can make customized dentures.
Usually, getting implant dentures takes two dental visits. During the first visit, our dentist will surgically insert implants into your jaw. After the surgery, your gums and jaw will take a couple of months to heal. The second visit will consist of the dentist exposing the tops of the implants to connect the dentures. Talk to the dentist about getting denture implants in one visit.
Implant-supported dentures don’t have a fixed price. Instead, a few factors affect the cost of denture implants. For example, having a dental discount plan or dental insurance will reduce your out-of-pocket costs. Also, the fewer dental implants and follow-up visits that you need, the lower that your cost will be. Furthermore, choosing acrylic over porcelain dentures will reduce your implant-supported dentures cost. Our dentist can provide a more precise estimate of your cost after your exam.
Choosing denture implants has several advantages. First of all, you don’t have to worry about them moving or falling out. Because of that, you’ll attain confidence in eating meals and talking again. In fact, you’re likely to enjoy eating certain foods that you previously had to avoid. However, you should still avoid sticky and hard foods to prevent possible damage to your dentures.
Moreover, implant-supported dentures that you wear on your upper jaw won’t cover the roof of your mouth as much as traditional dentures. Unlike other removable devices that rely on suction or messy adhesives to stay in place, they’re connected to dental implants via attachments. Get more information about the advantages of implant overdentures when you visit our dentist.
In order to maintain the appearance and function of your affordable quality implant-supported dentures, you should clean them every evening and morning. These cleanings will prevent bacteria from growing in your mouth and on your dentures.
For a proper cleaning, you’ll need a soft toothbrush and either a cleaner recommended by your dentist or toothpaste. You can get a proxabrush that reaches around the denture tips for a deeper clean. Before you start cleaning, take out your implant-supported dentures, especially if you’re using soap. Next, brush your artificial teeth with gentle horizontal movements. To floss in tight areas, consider getting a dental threader.
It’s wise to choose implant overdentures if you want a comfortable, long-lasting solution to replace missing teeth. Also, you may be more confident with smiling since these dentures look more natural than other options. The implants can even preserve your jawbone. Schedule an appointment now for getting implant-supported dentures in Allentown.