For many years, traditional dentures have been the only option to replace a full arch of teeth. Traditional dentures can be uncomfortable, cause bone loss and slip when you eat or talk. With advances in dental procedures and technology, there is another option available that is more stable, natural-looking and has increased chewing power.
Implant-supported dentures are stabilized by dental implants. They will not slip, which will enable you to talk without embarrassment. You will have increased chewing power, so you can enjoy the foods you’ve been missing. The dentures are highly durable, functional and natural-looking, so you can smile confidently.
We offer the following types of implant-supported dentures:
The disadvantages of traditional dentures
Dr. Strickland can create beautiful traditional dentures. However, there will be certain disadvantages — the primary one being that traditional dentures rest directly on your gums. This alone can cause irritation and sores, and the dentures slip in the mouth. Following are more disadvantages of wearing traditional acrylic dentures:
Implant-supported dentures provide increased stability and chewing power
Thanks to modern implant technology, denture-wearers no longer have to deal with accelerated bone loss, loose-fitting dentures, loss of chewing power and a diminished ability to taste. Dental implants are a tried-and-true solution for replacing a full arch of teeth. With advanced technology and procedures, you can have dentures that are completely stable, have nearly full chewing power and can either be fixed onto the implants, or be fitted with snaps so they can be removable. You will be able to eat most all types of foods and actually taste them!
Dr. Strickland has been providing implant-supported dentures for 25 years. He partners with an implant surgeon who is on the same page as Dr. Strickland as far as patient care is concerned. You will receive the highest quality, best fitting, natural-looking and comfortable implant-supported dentures. Dr. Strickland and the surgeon work together to ensure that you have the best care possible, from the time you have your consultation to the time you walk out of our office with your new, beautiful smile.
If you would like to find out if implant-supported dentures are right for you, call our office and schedule a Complimentary Consultation. You will receive the following:
An implant-supported denture is permanently fixed in the mouth. The denture is supported by implants, and provides excellent chewing power. There is no need for a false upper palate, which enables you to taste the food you’re eating.
The denture is fully stable, and the chewing pressure from the implants help prevent bone loss.
A fixed-in, implant-supported denture has a similar look to a traditional denture. However, this denture is modified to hold special attachments that are used to connect to dental implants that have been surgically implanted into your jawbone. When connected by Dr. Strickland, this denture is secure; it will not shift in your mouth and it can handle the pressures of chewing. In fact, an implant-supported denture has from 55% to 90% of the full chewing power of natural teeth, as compared to as low as 10% with traditional dentures.
Because implant-supported dentures are attached to implants that have been placed into your jawbone, the bone will receive stimulation as you chew and bite. This chewing pressure will help to reduce and reverse bone shrinkage, and prevent further bone loss. Implant-supported dentures will always fit.
Fixed, implant-supported dentures can only be removed by the doctor. They are comfortable and can be brushed in the same manner as natural teeth. They feel, look and function like real teeth, and when cared for properly, the implant-supported denture can last a very long time.
All-on-4® new teeth in one day
All-on-4 is a type of fixed-in, implant-supported denture that needs only four implants, compared to six or more when receiving other implant-supported dentures. The implants are placed at special angles to take advantage of denser bone, which means that most patients can receive these dentures without the need for bone grafts. In most cases, even patients that have a severe amount of bone loss are candidates for All-on-4. The advantages of All-on-4 are the same as fixed-in, implant-supported dentures.
All-on-4 technology enables us, in most cases, to perform any extractions needed, place the implants and have you leave our office with brand new, functional replacement teeth—all in one day.
These teeth are fixed in and will give you nearly full chewing power. This means you will be able to eat the foods you want and the denture will fit, feel and function like natural teeth. Now that’s something to smile about!
As a more economical alternative to our fixed-in, implant-supported dentures, we provide removable, implant supported, snap-on dentures. The doctor will place between four and six implants in your dental arch. The new denture is made of reinforced acrylic and will be fashioned with attachments that snap onto the implants.
Removable, implant-supported snap-on dentures are stable in your mouth. They won’t move when you talk or eat. This denture provides more than half of the chewing power of natural teeth, so you will be able to eat more types of foods than before.
Stabilizing your current denture with implants
If you are a current denture-wearer and would like to stabilize the denture(s) you already have, we can help. He will take your current denture and fit it will special attachments that will enable you to snap the denture onto implants.
Your denture will no longer slip in your mouth and your chewing power will increase.
Mini dental implants
Mini dental implants are narrow titanium tooth root replacements, which can be placed in less than an hour. They are usually used for lower dentures, or for areas that don’t have enough bone for regular implants. In certain circumstances, Dr. Strickland will place mini implants instead of the full-size ones.