Implant Supported Dentures
We offer several solutions for replacing missing teeth at our Los Algodones practice. For patients who are missing all of their upper and/or lower teeth, implant supported dentures are a state-of-the-art option for full-arch replacement that provides several advantages over traditional dentures. While removable dentures can be uncomfortable, unpredictable, and restrictive, implant dentures are fixed to the jaw, dramatically enhancing denture stability and functionality. Our implant dentures, like all of the esthetic restorations we use, are custom-made using the highest-quality materials available for long-lasting, natural-looking results.
What are Implant Supported Dentures?
Implant supported dentures are full-arch replacements for the upper and/or lower teeth that are fixed to the jaw using several titanium dental implants. The number of implants that are placed depends on the treatment plan determined by our cosmetic dentists. Typically, two to six implants are all that’s required to secure each full arch.
Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures
For men and women looking for a better way to achieve a full smile, implant supported dentures can provide a desirable alternative to traditional removable dentures. The security and stability added by the dental implants allows implant dentures to look, feel, and function much like natural teeth. When compared to removable dentures, implant dentures offer many significant advantages. These include:
- No food restrictions
- Smiling with confidence
- Improved speech
- Ideal fit and comfort
- No denture movement or slippage
- Simple maintenance
- Reduced jawbone loss
- No need for adhesives and pastes
Furthermore, implant supported dentures are often an ideal secondary option for patients who lack the jawbone density for a full set of single dental implants with crown prostheses. We also offer implant supported bridges as a popular alternative to traditional dental bridges. Implant supported bridges are fixed in place and can provide outstanding aesthetics, security, and stability.
Candidates for Implant Supported Dentures
Patients who are candidates for implant supported dentures are generally in good overall health and do not have any dental conditions that would prevent proper healing. In some cases, our dentist may need to first extract remaining teeth and/or provide necessary periodontal and dental care to improve oral health prior to the implant procedure. While individuals with reduced jawbone density may be candidates for implant dentures, they must still have enough bone to properly support the required implants. Bone grafts can be performed to build up depleted jawbone density.
A consultation with one of our experienced dentists can determine if implant dentures are the right option for you. If you are a candidate, your dentist will create a fully customized treatment plan and provide you with an accurate price quotation as well.
Implant Supported Denture Procedure and Results
Once any required tooth extractions and dental treatments have been successfully completed, the implantation procedure can begin. Most patients complete the procedure comfortably using only local anesthetic; however, sedation options are available if desired. During implantation, the titanium implant posts are strategically placed within the jawbone. Over the course of three to six months, the implants should become fused with the jawbone. When the dental implants are fully healed, the custom-made denture(s) can be attached to the implants. Patient safety and comfort are our top priorities throughout the procedure.
All-on-4® and All-on-6®
In certain cases, our dentists may recommend implant dentures using the All-on-4® treatment concept by Nobel Biocare®. This method involves attaching the full-arch prosthesis to four titanium dental implant posts (or six, in the case of All-on-6®). A unique feature of this technique is how the implants are positioned. During the All-on-4® procedure, the posterior implants are tilted at a slight angle—up to 45 degrees. This can sometimes allow patients with lower-quality jawbone to be eligible for an implant-supported denture, because the tilted implants allow for more contact with the available bone structure.
While All-on-4® can be highly beneficial for some patients, it may not always be the most appropriate technique. Depending on your individual needs, our dentists may advise you receive as many as six or more dental implants to more securely support your implant denture. By increasing the number of implants, patients often obtain better success with their treatment, reducing the risk of potential implant failure. More personalized details about which method is ideal for your needs will be discussed at your consultation, during which time your dentist will be able to assess your teeth replacement needs and jawbone quality.
For patients needing to replace multiple teeth adjacent to each other, but not an entire arch, our team offers implant-supported bridges as an alternative to traditional bridges. This method involves a bridge attached to dental implants, while leaving the nearby healthy teeth unaffected—which are typically prepared to accommodate the supporting crowns in the bridge procedure. By using dental implants to anchor the bridge to the jawbone, patients can achieve enhanced stability for their restoration. In addition, a fixed bridge can help retain jawbone density, preventing the recession that occurs when a tooth root is lost. This is possible since dental implants help stimulate the area while supporting the restoration.
Why Choose Our Practice for Implant Dentures?
The majority of our patients are very pleased with the high-quality results they achieve with implant dentures from our practice. We work with reputable dental laboratories that produce strong, natural-looking full arch prostheses for beautiful final results. The success of our dental implant procedures is mainly due to our highly credentialed team of implant dentists, which includes Dr. Isaías Íñiguez, Mexico’s only Accredited American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) member, and Dr. Jorge Martinez, an implant specialist and member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). Because our practice is located in Mexico, we are able to charge more reasonable rates for our care than comparable cosmetic dentists in the United States. Our implant dentures are often a fraction of the cost one might pay in the U.S., which is why many patients travel to our practice to take advantage of our pricing and outstanding care.
If you are interested in learning more about implant supported dentures, we encourage you to contact our practice to schedule a consultation.