Americans are no strangers to tooth loss — 178 million are missing at least one tooth, and 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. If you’re missing teeth and you need a replacement option, implant-supported dentures may be the perfect solution. At Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, the surgical team offers this superior dentures option, giving patients in Burke, Alexandria, and Reston, Virginia, replacement teeth that excel in both form and function. To learn more about implant dentures, call one of three locations, or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.
When you’re missing a row of teeth, dentures have been the traditional replacement solution, allowing you to continue to chew and speak with relative ease. Unfortunately, traditional dentures rest on your gums, relying on suction and adhesives for stability.
With implant-supported dentures, the team at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, attaches your prosthetic teeth to dental implants placed strategically in your jaw to support your dentures.
There are several types of implant dentures, including the All-on-4® implants, which use four implants to support your replacement teeth. The number of implants ultimately depends upon the health of your jawbone. Your surgeon may use less or more depending on your bone health.
Implant dentures offer several benefits, including superior stability. Traditional dentures rest on your gums so they often shift or slide, especially with rigorous use. With the support of dental implants, which are fused into your jawbone, your dentures stay in place.
Furthermore, implant dentures aren’t removable, so you avoid the daily hassle of removing and cleaning your dentures. Instead, you take care of your implant dentures as you would your natural teeth.
Lastly, dental implants prevent bone loss in your jaw due to the stimulation the implants provide.
If you’re a good candidate for implant dentures, your surgeon first uses advanced imaging, such as the iCAT™ 3D imaging tool, to determine where your jaw can support the implants. If there’s considerable bone loss, you may also need to have a bone graft before beginning the implant process.
There’s no one-size-fits-all timeline as it depends upon the number of implants and the rate at which your jaw heals. In some cases, like with the All-on-4 implants, it may take only two visits before you have your replacement teeth in place. If however, you need a bone graft, you should count on several visits to Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery to prepare your mouth for implant-supported dentures.
The best way to find out about implant-supported dentures is to schedule a consultation at one of Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery’s three locations. Call the office or use the online scheduling tool to get started.