For patients who have sustained significant tooth loss, implant-supported dentures provide a sturdy, reliable solution. As compared to traditional dentures, which rest atop the gums, implant-supported dentures are affixed to dental implants. These titanium posts offer unparalleled support and stability for custom restorations, and encourage the production of healthy jawbone tissue. Because our patients are our top priority, Dr. Brett Hester coordinates all aspects of treatment at our Valdosta, GA, practice to provide comprehensive care. He works with a dental implant specialist who can place your implant posts, and a trusted lab, were your restorations can be designed using the highest quality materials.
Am I a Candidate?
If you are missing most or all of your teeth, or you are seeking additional stability for an existing restoration, you may be a candidate for implant-supported dentures. Using the latest in diagnostic technology, Dr. Hester can assess the health of your jawbone and determine if dental implants are right for you. To qualify for this procedure, you must have sufficient jawbone strength to support implant posts, as well as healthy gums. If you have suffered jawbone atrophy, a bone graft or sinus lift may be necessary to prepare your smile for dental implants. After your initial consultation, Dr. Hester can design an individualized treatment plan tailored to your dental needs and goals.
As our patients are our top priority, Dr. Hester coordinates all aspects of treatment to provide comprehensive care.
Typical Treatment Timeline
Once we have determined you are a good candidate for implant-supported dentures, we can coordinate your treatment. This can include:
- Placement of Implants: Dr. Hester works closely with a specialist who will place your dental implants. During the procedure, your doctor can surgically insert the titanium implants into your jawbone.
- Osseointegration: Over a period of three to six months, your dental implants will integrate with surrounding jawbone tissue during a process called osseointegration.
- Adding the Connectors: After the implants have fused with your jawbone, your specialist can perform a second minor procedure. This involves attaching abutment devices to the dental implants, which will connect your implant posts to your restorations.
- Designing and Attaching the Denture: We can then take impressions of your smile, which will be used to fabricate your custom restoration. In about two to three weeks, you can return to Dr. Hester's office for placement. He can make any necessary adjustments before affixing your denture to the implant posts.
During your consultation, our team can review each step of the dental implants process, as well as discuss your treatment timeline to ensure you feel confident.
The benefits of implant-supported dentures extend far beyond aesthetics. These restorations also provide patients with:
- Increased Stability and Comfort: As implant-supported dentures are attached to dental implants, they will not shift or move out of place when you eat or speak. In addition, you can enjoy all of your favorite foods, without having to modify your diet.
- Bone Preservation: Dental implants serve as tooth roots, stimulating the jawbone to promote healthy bone growth. As a result, implant posts help to prevent bone atrophy, which commonly occurs following tooth loss.
- Improved Confidence: As implant-supported dentures are secure, you can eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
- No Dental Adhesives: Dental implants provide optimum stability, so there is no need for messy dental adhesives.
Our implant-supported dentures are designed to look and feel like natural teeth, and we can customize them to complement your unique facial features.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Missing teeth can have a significant impact on your quality of life. However, implant-supported dentures can improve both the appearance and function of your smile. To find out if you are a candidate, contact us online, or call our practice at (229) 247-3400.
“Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, and adults alike by offering the highest-quality dental care in a friendly, relaxed, and caring atmosphere.” - Dr. Hester