Dr. Ettienne van Zyl offers implant-supported dentures at his Memphis, TN-area practice. Implant-supported dentures are attached to metal posts implanted in the jawbone, providing unmatched stability. Implant-supported restorations also offer unique and important benefits to a patient's oral health. To find out how implant-supported dentures can help rejuvenate your smile, contact van Zyl Center for Advanced Dentistry today.
A Wealth of Benefits
For centuries, patients have used dentures to replace up to an entire arch of missing teeth. However, traditional dentures rely on metal clasps, suction, or dental adhesives to remain in position. As a result, they can slip or fall out of place and interfere with speech, chewing, and other functions. Dental implants have revolutionized the field of restorative dentistry by allowing dentures patients to secure their partial or complete prosthesis with unparalleled strength and stability. Implant-supported dentures provide a wealth of benefits, including:
- Aesthetics: Your permanent restoration will have a lifelike appearance that is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
- Comfort: Your dentures will be custom-crafted to achieve a comfortable fit.
- Stability: You can speak with confidence and enjoy eating all the sticky, crunchy, and chewy foods you love without worrying that your dentures will slip out of place.
- Convenience: For patients who choose fixed prostheses implant-supported dentures, you will need to worry about removing or re-attaching your dentures on a daily basis.
Perhaps most importantly, dental implants can preserve the integrity of the jaw. When a patient experiences tooth loss, the surrounding area of the jawbone will begin to shrink, or atrophy, in the absence of tooth roots. Dental implants are the only restorative treatment that can halt this bone atrophy. Once dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw, they integrate with the bone, providing the stimulation necessary to maintain bone density in the area around the implant.
While it offers many important advantages, this type of denture is not right for everyone. Certain health conditions can preclude patients from dental implants. Meanwhile, if you have experienced extensive bone atrophy, you may require a bone graft before undergoing dental implants surgery. Dr. van Zyl can review your candidacy for implant-supported restorations during a consultation.
Receiving Implant-supported Dentures
Qualifying patients who wish to receive an implant-supported denture will need to undergo a multi-step process that spans several months. After developing a comprehensive treatment plan, Dr. van Zyl will surgically embed the implants directly into the jawbone. The implants will be left to heal for four to six months, and they will fuse with the surrounding bone. We can provide a temporary restoration to wear during this time. Once healed, you will return for a second procedure to have an abutment placed. An abutment is a connector that rests above the gumline and attaches to the denture. When the gums have fully healed, you will return to our office to receive your permanent partial or complete denture.
Learn More about Implant-supported Dentures
If a compromised smile has taken a toll on your quality of life, an implant-supported denture can help you start enjoying your life to the fullest. Contact our practice today to schedule your consultation.