Implant-Supported Denture Candidates: Fixed Dental Appliances
By Frank Avason, DMD on June 21, 2018
When a person is missing most or all of their teeth, a set of dentures can make a world of difference. With dentures in place, you’ll be able to bite, chew, speak, and smile normally again. Our Denver, NC practice is proud to offer implant-supported dentures, which anchors dentures in place with artificial tooth roots.
The team at Avason Family Dentistry would like to go over the general requirements for patients to get implant-supported dentures placed. This will help you understand if they are an ideal option for you and your needs.
Substantial Tooth Loss
Good candidates for implant-supported dentures are missing most of their teeth or all of their teeth. If a patient is just missing a few teeth, a dental bridge or a partial denture may be more ideal. These alternative appliances can also be supported with dental implants.
Good General Health
Oral surgery will need to be performed in order to set the dental implants in place. Because of this, patients must be in good overall health such that dental surgery does not pose a health risk. If a patient’s health is poor, dental implants may not be the right option just for the sake of safety.
Sufficient Jaw Bone Density
For dental implants to work, they must be secured into the jawbone. Patients who have been missing teeth for a long time may have lost bone density since there was no root structure to support. In such cases, the patient may need to undergo a bone grafting surgery to become a candidate for dental implants. This comes at an additional cost, with added treatment time.
If a patient is not willing to undergo the bone grafting procedure, a traditional removable denture may be more ideal.
Understanding the Risks and Benefits
As with any dental procedure, especially treatments that involve oral surgery, it’s important for patients to know all of the risks and benefits going in. This will ensure the patient is prepared for the surgery as well as the recovery process.
Realistic Expectations About the Duration of Treatment
Getting dental implants takes time. Several months of healing are required for the artificial tooth roots to fully merge with the jawbone. Only then will the implants be stable enough to support a denture.
If a patient would prefer to avoid a months-long healing and treatment process, implant0-supported dentures will not be ideal for them.
Concerns About Affordability
Implant-supported dentures are more expensive than traditional dentures simply given the amount of work involved. Candidates for these kinds of dentures must have a realistic understanding about the higher cost of treatment.
Thankfully, Avanson Family Dentistry can help you save one the cost of your dental implant treatment. We can connect you with financing plans that offer affordable monthly payment options for dental procedures. Additionally for elderly patients who are Medicare eligible, we are certified to bill Medicare for oral surgery needs.
A combination of payment plans and Medicare coverage can help you get a beautiful set of dentures placed, with the stability of dental implants anchoring the dental appliance in place.
Contact Avason Family Dentistry
For more information about dental implants, dentures, and your options for treating tooth loss, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist. Our team is here to answer your questions, offer insight into treatment possibilities, and help you smile with renewed confidence.
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