If you are missing one or several teeth, you may be anxious to restore your smile, but not want to invest in a full set of dental implants. While standard dentures are a good option in many situations, Dr. Ty James and Dr. Brice McMurphy at Chapel Hill Family & Cosmetic Dentistry may recommend implant supported dentures in Douglasville, GA instead.
What are Implant Supported Dentures?
These dentures are a type of overdenture that is supported and attached to a set of dental implants. The main difference between traditional dentures and implant supported dentures is that traditional dentures rest on the gums while implant supported ones are supported by implants.
At Chapel Hill Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, our dentists usually recommend implant supported dentures in cases where the patient is missing teeth or if the individual is missing a full arch, but still possesses enough bone in his or her jaw to support the implant posts. These dentures have special attachments that allow the dentures to directly snap into them when in use.
Understanding the Process
After consulting with your dentist, if you opt for implant supported dentures, the same process for getting dental implants applies. In most cases, it takes between five to seven months to insert the implants and to properly place the denture in the mouth. Know that it can often take up to a year to get this type of denture if you need any preliminary procedures performed or if bone grafting is required.
As part of this process, you will need two surgeries. During the first, the dentist will place the implants under your gums in the jawbone. During the second surgery, the tops of the implants are exposed to allow the dentures to rest on top of them. Usually, the second surgery happens within three to six months after the conclusion of the first.
Get Started Today
If you’re interested in implant supported dentures to restore your smile, we want you to meet with our dentists in Douglasville, GA, Dr. Ty James and Dr. Brice McMurphy. Give us a call today at (678) 384-4880 or visit us online to schedule your next appointment!