Implant-supported dentures are a more stable and natural-looking alternative to dentures. Dr. Victor Siegel uses advanced 3D-imaging technology to place dental implants, limiting patient discomfort and reducing chances of surgical errors. A dentist with over 35 years of experience, Dr. Siegel can provide safe, long-lasting results to patients in the Rockville, MD, area.
The Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures offer a wide array of advantages over other restorative options, including:
- Function that closely mimics that of natural teeth
- Customized fit that supports comfort
- A durable restoration that can potentially last for a lifetime
- Stability during meals and conversation
- An easy at-home hygiene routine that is just like that for real teeth
- Cessation of the jawbone deterioration that accompanies long-term tooth loss
- Maintenance of your facial appearance, which can change with tooth root loss
However, patients should keep dental implant candidacy in mind and the fact that implants are not suitable for every case. If you lack sufficient bone tissue to support implants and bone grafting is not a viable option, Dr. Siegel may recommend alternative treatments.
Implant-supported dentures are attached to dental implants to provide a stabler, longer-lasting replacement for a missing arch of teeth.
Implant Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures
Traditional dentures are held in place with natural suction and adhesives. While an affordable option for replacing an arch of missing teeth, this method of denture retention is not always reliable, making the restorations prone to movement. Denture slippage can be embarrassing when speaking or eating and can contribute to dental problems like worn teeth or TMJ disorder.
Fortunately for patients with missing teeth, there is a more stable method to retain your dentures. Dental implants that are surgically embedded into the jaw and backed with the strength of your jawbone can support a full row of dentures. Patients need not worry about denture movement, a poor fit, or changes to their bite and speech patterns.
The Placement Procedure
Receiving your implant-retained dentures is a multi-step process that starts with a consultation. During this meeting, Dr. Siegel will examine your smile and jaw to determine if implant-supported dentures is the most suitable treatment for your needs. If so, he will begin creating your surgical plan by taking high-resolution images of your oral structure using advanced cone beam technology.
Dr. Siegel offers both traditional dental implants and hybrid All-on-4® implants.
Dr. Siegel often collaborates with a trusted oral surgeon to place implants. On the day of surgery, your surgeon will create small holes in the dental arch based on Dr. Siegel's precise surgical plan. They can then thread titanium posts through these holes, close the incisions with stitches, and place a temporary prosthetic over the implants. Dr. Siegel offers both traditional dental implants and hybrid All-on-4® implants that can retain a full denture with only four implants.
Over the next four to six months, the implant posts will fuse with the bone in a process called osseointegration. When this process is complete, you can return for a second minor surgery during which the surgeon will attach abutments to connect the implants to your dentures. A couple of weeks later, after you have healed completely, you can return to our office to have your permanent dentures placed.
Make Your Implant-Supported Dentures Consultation Today
Learn for yourself how implant-supported dentures can positively impact your smile and quality of life. You can speak to a staff member by phone (301) 963-4330, or reach out online.