If you are missing teeth, oral functions like chewing, speaking clearly, or smiling can become painful or embarrassing.
Dental implant-supported dentures can resolve these problems in ways that traditional dentures simply cannot.
Find out how the oral surgeons of Advanced Oral Surgery in Tampa, FL, restore smiles by combining dentures and dental implants...
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My Dentist Can Give Me Dentures... So Why Should I See an Oral Surgeon?
Oral surgeons undergo advanced training in order to treat complex oral health issues affecting the gums, jaws, and face. Board-certified oral surgeons Jason Edwards and Tom Backeris of Advanced Oral Surgery, serving Greater Tampa, FL, provide patients the option to improve the function of traditional dentures by attaching them to dental implants (prosthetic tooth roots). Our doctors have many years of top-level experience performing safe and effective dental surgery procedures at their offices in Valrico, Land O' Lakes and South Tampa.
What's Wrong with Traditional Dentures?
Lack of Stability
Traditional dentures are removable, meaning they are not permanently secured in your mouth. Full dentures, used when every tooth is missing, are designed to fit tightly against your gums while partial dentures, which replace a few consecutive missing teeth, use metal clasps that attach to nearby teeth. Dental adhesive is sometimes needed to keep your full or partial dentures in place, but they remain prone to slipping out of place when you chew or speak.
Weak Chewing Strength
Traditional dentures are not permanently secured to your jawbone, so they only give you a fraction of the chewing function you actually need to eat healthy foods. In other words, biting into hard foods can dislodge your dentures or literally pull them out.
When you lose a tooth, the bone tissue that held it in place will shrink. Dentures cannot stop this dental issue from getting worse. Bone shrinkage associated with several missing teeth can eventually cause your face to look sunken and aged.
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Do Implant-Supported Dentures Work Better?
Because your dentures will be firmly attached to your jaw, the possibility of them moving or becoming loose over time is virtually eliminated.
Full Chewing Strength
Dentures secured to implants restore your ability to bite and chew normally, allowing you to eat foods that would cause traditional dentures to shift out of place.
Retain Jawbone Tissue
When the titanium devices are surgically anchored into your jawbone, it provides stimulation to the surrounding tissue. This actually stops and reverses the bone atrophy that follows tooth loss.
More Benefits of Supporting Dentures with Implants
As the jaw changes after tooth loss, traditional dentures can start to fit poorly, causing irritation and discomfort. They can also look fake due to instability and interfere with important oral functions like taste and temperature sensitivity. Advanced Oral Surgery of Tampa's implant-supported dentures are customized using Digital Smile Design technology to fit comfortably, look natural, and provide the same level of function as natural teeth. All impressions are taken using digital technology - no messy goop needed! Meanwhile, we create our high-quality tooth restorations at our in-house NDX nSequence dental lab to ensure the absolute best results.
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Full Arch Implants
This specialized implant-supported denture option uses just four implants to support a full arch of replacement teeth. Full Arch Implants is often recommended to patients who have suffered a small degree of bone atrophy and would require a bone graft in order to receive traditional implants. Full Arch Implants are inserted at angles to maximize contact with existing bone tissue, often eliminating the need for preparatory surgery.
If your dentures were already placed or are being created by your general dentist, our oral surgeons can make them function better by converting them to attach to implants. This saves you time and money since new restorations don't have to be created in our lab. We can work with your dentist to create a customized treatment plan.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do implant-supported dentures last?
With good overall health, proper care, and routine visits to the dentist, implant-supported dentures can last well over a decade. The materials chosen for your restoration will have a significant impact on the lifespan of your dentures. Generally, you can expect longer service from zirconia restorations than porcelain, both of which are extremely durable and available at Advanced Oral Surgery of Tampa.
What can you eat with implant-supported dentures?
It takes a little while to get used to eating with implant-supported dentures. We recommend starting slow with softer foods in order to learn how to eat with your new restorations. As your confidence grows, you can start eating firmer foods but will want to avoid hard and sticky foods. That being said, after a bit of practice you should be able to eat most of your favorite foods again as long as you avoid hard foods that can damage your dentures.
Can implant-supported dentures be removed?
Because implant-supported dentures are firmly mounted to dental implants, they can only be removed by a dental professional. You will receive instructions on how to properly care for your new dentures, but maintenance is far less involved than with traditional dentures. The only time you should need to have your new restoration removed is during your routine dental checkups.