According to one estimate, roughly 23 million people in the U.S. are entirely edentulous (missing all of their teeth), while millions more are missing either all of their upper or lower teeth. If you are among those individuals, you may have considered getting traditional dentures — but did you know that a better option is available? Dr. Shane Smith and our team are proud to offer implant dentures in Jonesboro. Continue reading to learn more about this treatment, and when you are ready to schedule a consultation, give us a call. We look forward to helping you rebuild your smile!
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Dental implants in Jonesboro are prosthetic tooth roots, which get inserted into the jawbone during a minimally invasive surgery. They provide the base of support for the artificial teeth that get attached to them. Implant dentures are therefore much sturdier and stronger than their traditional counterparts, which simply sit on top of the gums.
Depending on your unique needs, our team may recommend one of the following types of implant dentures for you:
These are only removable with the help of a dental professional. Typically, it takes 4 – 6 dental implants to hold them in place. Many patients enjoy the convenience of always having their prosthetic teeth in their mouth. The only downside to fixed implant dentures is that they require significant jawbone density.
Removable implant dentures require less jawbone density than fixed ones, and they often need just 2 – 5 implants for support. They are held in place with the help of ball- or bar-shaped attachments. Easy maintenance and a convenient cleaning routine are a few outstanding benefits of this type of prosthetic.
The implant denture procedure usually involves four stages:
Although the implant denture process takes several months or longer, the stability and function that you will enjoy from your new prosthetic will make the journey worthwhile!
Candidates for implant dentures should:
Most adults do qualify for implant dentures, either right away or after some preliminary treatments. For example, a bone graft can fortify the jaw and enable it to support implants.
Some of the top benefits of implant dentures include: