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Denture Replacement With Dental Implants

Achieve a Healthy, Secure, and Beautiful Smile

In the past, the options for replacing missing teeth were limited to conventional dentures or going without teeth. With advances in dentistry and implant placement, our oral surgery experts can replace a set of dentures with dental implants for a healthier smile and long-term results.

Multiple dental implants can support a fixed denture in a treatment known as full-arch restoration. This treatment restores one or both arches of teeth with natural-looking results that function just like healthy, adult teeth. Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery offers denture replacement with dental implants in North and South Carolina. If you are exploring your tooth restoration options or currently wear dentures and are looking for an alternative, we invite you to contact us for a consultation.

Benefits of Replacing Dentures With Dental Implants

Many patients who wear complete or partial dentures often report discomfort and the inconvenience of having a removable oral appliance. In order for dentures to fit properly, they must be professionally fitted by a dental specialist. Otherwise, this can cause oral sores or the dentures slipping when speaking. You must take extra care during regular brushing and flossing to clean around the denture.

Eating with dentures can be difficult, and you are often confined to the strength of the denture adhesive that holds the dentures in place. Removable dentures are taken out during meals, which can feel embarrassing. While some types of dentures can restore some functionality, they will not function with the complete strength of natural teeth or dental implants.

With dental implants, you experience comfort and ease with your replacement teeth. Unlike dentures, dental implants remain in your mouth at all times. There are numerous other benefits of implant-based restoration, such as:

  • Protect Oral Health. Tooth loss can cause jaw bone atrophy due to a lack of stimulation during chewing. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that fuses to the jaw, preventing bone loss and maintaining facial structure.
  • Easy to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene. The prosthesis that is affixed to your dental implant post is cared for just like natural teeth. Simply brush and floss your prosthesis regularly to maintain good oral hygiene—no additional products required.
  • Long-Term Results. Implant-supported dentures or bridges are designed to last long-term. Whereas traditional bridges or dentures must be replaced every few years due to wear and tear, a prosthesis or dental crown attached to implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
  • Comfort. Teeth that are supported with dental implants will look and feel just like natural teeth. Because of the strong foundation within the jaw bone, your implant-supported teeth are strong and allow you to eat your favorite food without discomfort or moving parts.

Other Tooth Replacement Options

There are several options to consider when it comes to restoring your smile. During the consultation, we will outline these options for you and help you determine the right choice for your oral health, smile goals, and financial situation. Tooth replacement options include:

Dental Implants/Implant-Supported Dentures

  • One implant post can support up to three dental crowns, or you can receive multiple implants as needed. Dental implants prevent jaw bone loss and dental shifting, completely restore oral function, and can last a lifetime. 1–2 surgical visits are necessary to place the implant posts, the connecting abutment, and the final crown or bridge.

Full-Arch Restoration

  • Ideal for patients who currently wear dentures and seek a better alternative, or those who are contemplating dentures or dental implants, this treatment restores your smile's appearance and function. You receive the same health benefits as dental implants, as well as a beautiful new smile that can last for many years. Only one surgical visit is required.

Removable Partial Denture

  • You can restore the appearance of multiple missing teeth quickly while keeping your remaining teeth. There is no surgery required, but adhesives may be necessary to keep the denture in place. Sometimes, clasps are used to secure the denture, which may be visible. There is nothing fused to the jaw bone, leaving you susceptible to bone loss.

Complete Dentures

  • Complete dentures can quickly replace the appearance of a full dental arch. Ill-fitting dentures can cause sores and discomfort when eating or speaking. You must remove dentures at night to allow the gum tissue to recover and to properly clean them. There is nothing fused to the jaw, leaving you susceptible to bone loss.

No Replacement

  • Not replacing a missing tooth can negatively impact your self-esteem. Tooth loss can lead to jaw bone atrophy, which can cause facial features to sag and nearby teeth to shift out of place.

Cost of Replacing Dentures With Dental Implants

The cost of dentures or bridges is often cheaper upfront than implant-based tooth restoration. However, these options must be replaced every few years. Since they do not prevent jaw bone loss, this can lead to significant bone loss down the road. Treatment for severe bone loss can be costly and extensive. When you choose to replace dentures with dental implants, you prevent bone loss and experience beautiful, long-lasting results.

The cost of dental implants or full-arch restoration will depend on several factors, as this cost is different for everyone. These factors include your dental insurance, the type of anesthesia used, and the overall complexity of the procedure. We provide a cost estimate at the consultation and invite you to schedule an appointment to find out how much it would cost to replace your dentures with dental implants. We encourage you to contact your insurance provider directly to learn about the details of your insurance coverage prior to treatment.

Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery provides first-class care to improve health and well-being while maximizing the patient experience. Every office is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and outfitted with state-of-the-art digital imaging technology and surgical equipment to enhance our scope of practice. The high level of care we provide ensures every patient feels confident in their treatment while they receive safe and predictable results.

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