Dental Associates of Northern Virginia in Alexandria
1500 Belle View Boulevard, Alexandria, VA 22307
Implant dentures are permanent prosthetic devices that allow you to wear dentures comfortably and reliably. If you have multiple missing teeth and have had issues with chewing or speaking, then affordable, quality implant-supported dentures may be the answer to your problems that you have been looking for.
The main purpose of implant-supported dentures is to provide you with stable dentures that don’t move out of place when you partake in daily activities like chewing and talking. Traditional dentures rest on the surface of the gums. This means that they can often fall out of place. Since an implant denture utilizes dental implants to hold the dentures securely in place, you will never have to worry about losing your dentures again. If you are missing teeth but still have enough bone structure to support two or more implants, you are most likely a good candidate for this type of denture. They can be placed on both the upper and lower jaws.
There are two basic types of implant dentures. They are known as bar-retained dentures and ball-retained dentures. Bar-retained dentures consist of a metal bar that is curved. This bar provides support to the dentures and also allows the dentures to be attached to the bar. Ball-retained dentures feature sockets that attach to the implants. The implants used for ball-retained dentures have ball-shaped attachments that fit into the dentures. While these two types of dentures function in different ways, they both make use of acrylic materials that mimic the look of your gums. The parts of the dentures that are made to resemble your natural teeth are usually made out of acrylic or porcelain materials.
The procedure for having implant-supported dentures in Alexandria usually takes two visits to the dentist to complete. The first visit will be comprised of a surgery that places the implants into the jawbone. You will then have to wait between three and six months for that surgery to completely heal and for the jawbone to fuse around the implants. Once that has occurred, you will come back for a second surgery. This surgery is where the dentist exposes the tops of your implants from under the gum line. While there are dentures and implants available that only require one surgery, they may not be the best option for you and your unique dental health needs. Your dentist will be able to tell you which type of implant, denture and procedure are right for you.
The overall cost of denture implants will vary depending on each patient. Your bill will be determined via a number of different factors. These factors include the type of dentures chosen, the number of implants required, your dental insurance and the number of follow-up visits needed. If you would like more information as to how you can afford to receive an implant-supported denture, contact our team. We are here to give you whatever information you need so that you can receive affordable, quality implant-supported dentures.
The primary benefits that this type of denture provides to our patients with severe tooth loss are comfort and stability. Our patients who have these dentures no longer have to worry about their dentures falling out of place when they eat or speak. If you desire to have a permanent solution that you can rely on for your missing teeth, call us right away so that we can book you a consultation with one of our dentists as soon as possible.
Caring for your implant-supported dentures is as easy as brushing them twice a day. Every morning and every night you should be sure to brush your dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush. You should use a gentle horizontal motion while holding your toothbrush at an angle to the gums. While cleaning your dentures, you should make sure that you are also cleaning any connecting abutments. This will ensure that all of the bacteria from inside of your mouth are removed and unable to grow. You may need to use a proxabrush to reach areas of your dentures that can’t be reached via a regular toothbrush. In addition to that, you may need to use a dental threader when it comes time to floss. This is so you can reach tight spaces within your dentures.
Implant-supported dentures are the right choice for you if you want a long-term, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional dentures. To learn more about how this type of denture can help you get your confidence back, contact our team of professionals today.