Greder Dental in Omaha, NE, offers implant-supported dentures to replace most or all of the teeth on the upper or lower dental arch. Unlike traditional dentures, this option can allow you to speak and chew without ever having to worry that your denture will slip out of place. Dental implants also minimize the bone resorption that naturally occurs after tooth loss. During a consultation, Mack E. Greder, DDS, and Jennifer Greder, DDS, can determine if this option is right for you.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
Traditional dentures are held in place using a combination of suction and a mild adhesive. They restore some degree of function, but can easily shift out of place. However, dentures that attach to dental implants remain firmly in place at all times. Because the implants prevent the jaw atrophy that normally follows tooth loss, this solution can help you to maintain your oral health and avoid developing “sunken” facial features.
Determining Your Candidacy
Implant-supported dentures are often recommended when most teeth have been lost or require extraction, but the jawbone is strong enough to support implants. If the jaw has suffered some atrophy, a bone grafting procedure may be necessary to restore candidacy for implants.
Our dentists use the most advanced technology, like digital x-rays and a cone beam CT scanner, to evaluate each patient.
Your ability to heal is also key to the success of dental implants. Because smoking slows the healing process, the best candidates either do not smoke or are willing to break the habit. Diabetic patients can receive implants, but the condition must be controlled.
The Procedure: Implant Placement and Restoration
Two surgeries are typically required for patients who are receiving implant-supported dentures. First, titanium dental implants are placed in the jawbone. After healing is complete (usually within three to six months), a second surgical procedure is required to expose and prepare the top of the implant.