For some people who have missing teeth, finding a solution can seem like a scary or stressful process. If someone has lost multiple teeth, it may have become normal, or they gave up attempting to resolve the issue. However, with recent advancements in dental technology, it has become an ordinary occurrence to have teeth replaced.…
Implant Supported Dentures: How Many Implants Are Recommended?
Missing teeth can cause cosmetic, oral health and functional concerns, ultimately lowering the quality of life for many, so implant supported dentures offer a long-term solution to multiple teeth loss. Patients can achieve a healthier and more attractive smile through implant supported dentures treatment.
An overview of implant supported dentures
Before deciding if implant supported dentures are right for you, patients should understand how many implants are recommended. Each patient receives a custom-tailored treatment plan, but there are certain common expectations that one can have, particularly as it pertains to the number of implants that are placed to support the dentures.
Implant supported dentures explained
Implant supported dentures are a long-term solution to multiple teeth loss. The restoration involves three components, which are dental implants, abutments and dentures. Treatment is ideal for patients who need an entire row of missing teeth, although implant supported partial dentures may be an option as well. There are notable benefits of implant supported dentures when compared with traditional dentures, including better durability, increased comfort and improved function. Unlike traditional dentures, they are permanently fixed and do not require removal to clean.
How the number of implants is determined
The number of dental implants is dependent upon whether it is a full or partial denture. A partial denture may only require two dental implants, and the restoration is securely fixed onto the implants. For full implant supported dentures, the dentist will most likely need four or five dental implants. For full arch replacement (meaning that all teeth on the bottom or top row are replaced), the dentist may recommend “all-on-4 technique,” which consists of four strategically placed dental implants.
The implant supported dentures process
Dentists custom-tailor the treatment plan to meet the individual patient’s needs and preferences. However, there is a certain process that they typically follow, which includes:
- Having a consultation visit
- Preparing the mouth
- Placing dental implants
- Attaching the abutment and dentures
- Doing follow-up visits
Some patients require bone grafting or periodontal disease treatment before implant placement. The overall process often takes several months, as the patient will need time for the mouth to heal after implants placement.
How to care for implant supported dentures
Many find implant supported dentures easier to care for than traditional dentures. This is because they are not removable. For the most part, patients can care for their implant supported dentures the same way that they would normal teeth, which includes brushing several times a day, flossing and using mouthwash regularly and eating foods that are good for oral health.
Patients should also visit the dentist for all scheduled check-ups, as well as check for signs of complications often. With proper care, implant supported dentures can last for more than 20 years.
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Implant supported dentures have helped many regain their oral health, function and appearance. Everyone deserves a smile that they love and that brings them confidence. If you are missing a section of teeth or an entire row, our dental team can help you find the best treatment solution. Give us a call or send us an email to arrange a time to come see us for a consultation visit.
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