Implant Supported Dentures – Tooth Replacement with Your Oakville Dentist
Implant supported dentures are a reliable and permanent solution to treat tooth loss. Unlike traditional dentures that sit on the gums and use adhesives or brackets, implant supported dentures are supported by posts surgically implanted into the jaw. This allows them to firmly stay in place with superior technical performance and durability.
You might be an ideal candidate for implant supported dentures. Learn more about this potential treatment with Dr. Erwan Jerger, your experienced Oakville dentist.
How do Implant Supported Dentures Work?
There are two main components to implant supported dentures. Both are crucial to the success and longevity of your treatment.
- Implants are placed in the jaw (usually four or eight) to act as anchors for the overdenture. These implants serve a similar role to natural tooth roots. They integrate with bone to create a permanent foundation.
- The overdenture is the prosthetic attachment. This is held in place by the implants. Similar in appearance to traditional dentures, the difference with an overdenture on implants is that it will be more stable, look more natural, and will more evenly distribute biting and chewing forces.
The advantages of this type of system are significant. Aesthetically, implant supported dentures look better than traditional dentures because they sit more comfortably and don’t move around as much. You’ll be able to speak more naturally. Biting and chewing performance will be similar to that of natural teeth, and you’ll have fewer dietary restrictions than you would with traditional dentures.
This all combines for a more comfortable and better-looking restoration. Implant supported dentures are available to replace all of the teeth on an arch. If you still have some healthy teeth, a partial denture can be designed and will use fewer implants.
The Surgical Procedure
The procedure can be broken down into a few simple steps. The specific timeline and details will depend on your unique case and will be discussed in detail during treatment planning with Dr. Jerger, your Oakville dentist.
1. Any decayed teeth and fragments will be extracted to make way for dental implants.
2. Grafting might be necessary if you have a thin or soft jawbone. This improves the quality of the jaw and can prevent implant failure.
3. Implants will be placed in a surgical procedure. Small guide holes will be made in the jaw and implants will be inserted.
4. A period of healing occurs over several months while the bone integrates around the dental implants.
5. After healing, abutments will be attached to the implant posts. These will support the overdenture with a special attachment system.
Some systems have the overdenture placed permanently by your Oakville dentist. These are only removable at the dental office for cleaning and maintenance. Other systems use snap on dentures that can be removed at home for cleaning.
Mini Implants and Snap on Dentures with Some Bone Loss
Implant supported dentures typically need a good amount of high-quality bone in the jaw to provide support for the implant posts. If you’ve lost bone density after losing your teeth, you might still be able to get treatment with mini implants and snap on dentures.
These mini implants and snap on dentures use smaller implant posts that require less bone for anchoring and integration. One of the benefits of mini implants and snap on dentures is that the implant posts can prevent further bone deterioration. This is thanks to the implant posts stimulating the bone.
Dr. Jerger, your Oakville dentist, will discuss the possibility of using mini implants and snap on dentures after a thorough examination and scans are completed. Your detailed consultation will explore all potential treatments to restore your smil
Considering Implant Dentures Cost Relative to Durability
Implant dentures cost more than traditional dentures when looking at identical treatment goals. However, it’s important to keep the implant dentures cost in perspective with the durability of the restoration.
Implants can be maintained for a lifetime. With maintenance and frequent checkups with Dr. Jerger, your Oakville dentist, you could see the implant posts last indefinitely. The prosthetic overdenture attachments typically need replacement every 15 to 20 years on average. Some small and affordable components like nylon o-rings need to be replaced more often but the cost is negligible compared to the initial implant dentures cost.
Looking at everything over time, the total implant dentures cost is reasonable considering that you’ll have a permanent solution that treats tooth loss. We can work with your insurer, and we offer a range of payment options to ensure that you can have access to the right treatment for your needs.
Will Insurance Cover the Cost of Dentures with Implants?
Depending on your policy, you may have coverage for a portion of the cost of dentures. This depends on the benefits involved with your policy. The cost of dentures is broken down into standard billing codes, and some aspects of the treatment may be covered by even a modest insurance policy. Medically necessary procedures needed before treatment, including infection treatment and tooth extraction, are more likely to be covered.
We can work with you to determine what portion of the cost of dentures would be covered by your insurer.
Begin Your Consultation to Find Out if Implant Supported Dentures are Right for You
Dr. Erwan Jerger is an experienced Oakville dentist and is ready to begin your consultation and treatment planning. Benefit from his attention to detail and considerate care and learn about the best options for tooth replacement that apply in your case. Book an appointment at Oak Korner Dental today and take the first step towards restoring a healthy and memorable smile.