Implant Dentures AT Smoke Rise Dental

Don’t Let Missing Teeth Define Your Life

These days, when it comes to tooth restoration, there are lots of options. The two most popular are dental implants and dentures. There's also an option that combines the two: implant dentures. At Smoke Rise Dental, we can help you with your tooth restoration needs.

Why Choose Smoke Rise Dental for Implant Dentures?

Patient-Centered Dentists and Team Members
Implant Placement Provided In-House
Family Dental Office with Over 40 Years of Combined Experience

Denture Implants Explained

A denture implant is a solution for tooth restoration. They can be partial or full and are removable. To start, the dentist will install implants into your jawbone. Once healed, a denture plate will "snap" onto the implants. Some of the other names for denture implants include: snap-in/snap-on overdentures and implant-retained dentures. This tooth restoration solution takes advantage of the durability and strength that come with dental implants.

For full restorations, the denture plate will be mounted on 2 rods. Depending on the condition of the patient's mouth, the dentist may decide to do 4 rods instead. This will make it more stable. These dentures are suitable for both upper and lower arches and must be removed for cleaning and overnight.

Who are Denture Implants Suitable For?

There are certain requirements that must be met in order for a patient to be a suitable candidate for denture implants. Here is a general overview of the ideal candidate:
Implant dentures have fewer rods than permanent implants. Depending on the condition of your mouth, you may be able to have mini-implants. This will make it more affordable, a small amount of bone loss isn't a big deal, and you may be able to avoid sinus lifting or bone grafting.

However, it's important to note that smoking doesn't mix well with dental implants. If you smoke, you must be willing to quit- at lest during the process and for a few months after the procedure while you are healing. Smoking is the most common reason patients end up losing their implants. 

Patients that have TMJ prefer to keep their teeth in when they sleep, which is why they have a sturdier attachment. This is the primary reason a permanent solution is better for these patients. The same applies for anyone who enjoys steaks and other foods that are hard to chew and are not willing to commit to soft foods.

Finally, denture implants require a healthy mouth. You must be willing to follow the strict care guidelines following the procedure. However, you may also need some treatment ahead of time. If you have periodontitis, it must be healed before they will do implantation. It is also important to note that if you have a history of gum disease, you are at an increased risk of infections from your dental implants.

What is the difference between Implant-Supported and Implant-Retained Dentures?

Many people confuse implant-retained and implant-supported dentures. Both are potential options for patients who need several teeth replaced or a full mouth restoration. We will point out the key differences between the two below:
Implant-Supported Denture
  • Fixed

  • Typically uses 4 rods

  • Requires adequate bone

  • Costs more

  • Bone grafting/sinus lifting may be required

  • Mini implants are not the best option for this solution

  • Can chew hard foods, including steak

  • More comfortable when speaking, eating, laughing, and even sneezing.

Implant-Retained Denture
  • Removable
  • 2+ rods
  • Affordable
  • Small amount of bone loss is acceptable
  • Mini-implants can be used
  • Cannot chew hard foods such as steak
  • Must re relined
  • Must be removed for cleaning and at night while sleeping
Another option for patients who have some bone loss is the All-on-4, an implant-supported solution. The appliance in this case is fixed and can only be removed by a dentist.

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If you are in or near Stone Mountain Georgia, contact us today for your consultation. We would love to sit down with you and help you decide what your best option is for tooth restoration.
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