Implant-supported dentures provide the strength, durability, and health benefits of dental implants with the beautiful aesthetics of a traditional denture. If you are missing most or all of your teeth in the upper or lower jaw, an implant-supported denture can restore dental function and allow you to chew, speak, and smile with confidence.
At Northern Colorado Periodontics, you can undergo dental implant placement with a board-certified periodontist at one of our two conveniently located offices in Greeley and Fort Collins, CO. Drs. Shumaker and Allen provide comprehensive periodontal and implant care so that you can show off your smile without hesitation.
Traditional vs. Implant-Supported Dentures
While dentures are an affordable way to replace a large number of teeth, there are certain disadvantages to this type of restoration. Because they rest on the gums and rely on suction and dental adhesive to stay in place, dentures often move around in the mouth when patients chew or speak. The resulting lack of security often leaves patients feeling uncomfortable when eating or smiling in social situations. Some patients find dentures affect the way they speak, as well, punctuating their words with clicking and other noises that interfere with conversation.
In contrast, implant-supported dentures are attached to small titanium posts, which are in turn embedded in the jawbone. Consequently, you do not have to worry about your restoration sliding around. Dental implants provide unparalleled stability and security for large restorations, allowing you to move through the world with confidence.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Restorations
In addition to providing a stable base for your restoration, dental implants offer a wide range of additional benefits. Prime among these are durability and convenience. Because they are made of titanium, implant posts are incredibly sturdy and can last a lifetime with proper care. Furthermore, implant-supported restorations function the same way as your natural teeth and thus require no change to your oral hygiene routine.
Since implant-supported restorations replace the entire structure of your tooth, including the root, implants can also protect your jawbone against atrophy. When teeth are lost, surrounding bone tissue often deteriorates. Over time, your jaw can also lose structure, which in turn causes your skin to sag, making you appear older than you are. An implant-supported restoration stimulates your jaw to counteract this effect.
Explore Your Candidacy
You must be in good oral and overall health to qualify for an implant-supported restoration. Your doctor will review your medical history during your initial consultation and ensure that any systemic health conditions, such as diabetes or gum disease, are under control.
Dental implants provide unparalleled stability and security for large restorations.
Dental implants rely on surrounding bone for support, so you must also have sufficient jawbone tissue for placement. For patients who have experienced bone deterioration due to tooth loss, Drs. Shumaker and Allen can perform bone grafting procedures to restore implant candidacy.
Happy, Healthy Smiles
A set of implant-supported dentures from Northern Colorado Periodontics can restore your confidence in your smile, protect your oral health, and improve your quality of life. By undergoing treatment from a board-certified periodontist, you can feel confident in the hands of a dentist who specializes in implants. For more information about dental implants or one of our other periodontal services, contact our office online or call us in Fort Collins at (970) 207-4061 or in Greeley at (970) 351-6166.