Dental Implant Dentures—Worcester, MA
Teeth You Can Trust for a Lifetime
Are you tired of having to work around your missing teeth every day, always having to think twice before you speak, eat, or smile? Ready to upgrade your uncomfortable, unstable denture that causes more problems than it solves? In either situation, dental implant dentures in Worcester, MA from Handsman & Haddad Periodontics can provide the exact solution someone is looking for. With them, a patient can finally get the attractive, strong teeth they desire and never have to worry about them again.
What Are Implant Dentures?
On the surface, an implant denture looks like a typical one you’ve probably seen before, but what matters most lies below the gum line. Rather than just sitting on top of the gums or using clasps around nearby teeth to stay in place, implant dentures are anchored directly to the jawbone with a small number of dental implants. These act like new tooth roots, making the prosthetic extremely stable. There are two main types of implant dentures:
Fixed/Permanent Implant Dentures
With this prosthetic, the patient cannot remove it—it can only be done by their dentist. These better replicate real teeth and allow the patient to practice oral hygiene without having to remove their denture.
Removable Implant Dentures
With this, the denture snaps or clips onto dental implants placed into the jawbone, and the patient can take their teeth out for hygiene purposes. A traditional denture can sometimes be upgraded to a removable implant denture.
The Implant Denture Process
The first step is that a patient has a consultation with their dentist where they discuss their tooth replacement options. If they both decide that an implant denture is the best method, then they will likely be referred to our practice for the implant placement surgery.
This procedure can be completed in one appointment, and afterward, the mouth and jaw will need about three to six months to heal, during which the jawbone will bond with the implants, making them exceptionally strong. The patient will be fitted with a temporary denture while they recover.
Once their mouth is ready, the patient will return to their dentist to have their new, final denture fitted onto the implants.
Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentures?
Basically, anyone who is missing several teeth and could benefit from a denture is a good candidate for an implant denture. The main thing to consider is that a patient’s mouth has to be healthy enough to support the implants, which means it needs to be free of gum disease and other oral infections. The underlying bone must be thick enough as well. If necessary, preparatory treatments can be used to ensure the long-term success of the procedure by getting a patient’s mouth ready.
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
Implant dentures offer several advantages compared to traditional removable prosthetics:
- Implant dentures allow for a much stronger bite force
- Implant dentures are smaller than regular ones, leaving more room for the tongue
- They can be trusted to not slip and slide when someone eats or speaks
- The implants stimulate the jaw and prevent the bone loss that often follows tooth loss
- They help support the skin of the lips and cheeks, leading to a more youthful appearance
- They can often last for decades without needing to be replaced