Achieve Unparalleled Stability with an Implant-Supported Denture
Are you unhappy with a constantly slipping, uncomfortable removable denture? If you are considering replacing your missing teeth with a more reliable solution, implant-supported dentures could be right for you. Prosthodontist Christine Hopkins at Advanced Dental Center in Plano, TX, offers several advanced treatment options, including the All-on-4® technique. This procedure offers immediate restoration, and it also allows an even broader range of candidates to qualify for implant-supported dentures.
Implant-Supported vs. Traditional Dentures
Although both implants and traditional restorations are trusted solutions for patients who are edentulous in one or both arches, implant-supported dentures do have some unique advantages. The benefits to choosing dental implants over other denture devices include:
Because implant-supported dentures are supported by surgically placed posts, they do not move around like traditional dentures can. Wearers can expect their implant-supported dentures to stay securely in place while chewing, speaking, and yawning.
Implant-supported dentures attach firmly to a framework rather than just resting directly against the gums. This increases the comfort level for many patients who feel as if traditional dentures are too irritating against their sensitive gum tissues.
Implant-supported dentures simply offer greater dependability for wearers, especially when placed in the lower arch. This means greatly improved confidence in social situations. Plus, the denture appliances require no special adhesives to keep them from moving.
Many people who move from traditional dentures to implant-supported dentures feel that their new, customized appliance looks more realistic. This is largely due to the device’s stable attachment to implanted posts and metal bar or ball attachments.
The Treatment Process
In advance of your initial consultation, you should understand what to expect during and after the treatment process. Most importantly, you deserve to know the projected timeline of most implant-supported denture procedures.
Dr. Hopkins offers several advanced treatment options to restore an entire arch of teeth, including the All-on-4 technique.
In most cases, placement of the permanent implant-supported denture will take several months. After a thorough evaluation, our team can recommend a trusted, local surgeon for your implant placement. Undergoing this portion of your care at a surgical practice allows the doctor to implement necessary tools and equipment, as well as uphold the highest safety standards.
During this appointment, Dr. Hopkins and her assistant will work closely alongside the surgeon as the dental implants are placed in your jawbone. This ensures the surgery goes smoothly and also allows us to immediately fabricate a temporary restoration and attach it to the implants. Few dentists provide this level of personal attention and expertise, and it allows our patients to leave with a beautiful, fully restored smile. After about three to six more months, the implant sites will be healed enough to place your permanent denture at our office.
Faster Treatment with All-on-4
Tooth loss results in bone loss in the jaw, meaning many denture patients require bone grafting before they can receive implants. This can substantially lengthen your treatment time, as well as add to the total cost. Dr. Hopkins helps patients overcome these concerns by offering All-on-4 implant-supported dentures.
The groundbreaking All-on-4 system relies on an innovative placement technique. Due to the methods used during this procedure, patients can often avoid preparatory procedures, as well as receive their dental implants and immediately have the temporary restoration attached. All-on-4 is the only implant-supported denture system with immediate-load benefits and an up to 99 percent success rate after 10 years of use.
Investing in Your Smile
Although All-on-4 implants offer a more cost-effective restorative dentistry option, implant-supported dentures are not typically covered by insurance. However, we believe every patient should be able to invest in the most comfortable, realistic, and longest-lasting treatment available. Dr. Hopkins and our team will help you understand your financing options, including CareCredit®, which allows patients to break up their payments without incurring interest.
Learn More during a Consultation
If you are living with missing teeth or an uncomfortable restoration, consider what implant-supported dentures could do for your quality of life. Schedule a visit at Advanced Dental Center online or call (972) 781-0209 to learn more.
"I have been going to Dr. Hopkins for years now. I was looking for a general dentist but also a doctor that also had a prosthodontist background so any major work that I would require in the future could be done by the doctor who has regularly worked on me. Dr Hopkins has met and even exceeded my expectations in oral care."Julie W.