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If your dentures are uncomfortable, do not fit well, or move out of place when you talk or eat, implant-supported dentures can resolve your concerns. An implant-supported denture is a denture attached to dental implants—small titanium screws anchored in your jawbone. Your denture will function well and look better than a removable complete denture. At Chattanooga Periodontics and Dental Implants, Dr. Elizabeth Felts Randall is a specialist in implant placement for improving your oral health, experience with dentures, and quality of life. Our periodontist serves Chattanooga and all surrounding communities.

Why Choose Implant-Supported Dentures?

You should consider implant-supported dentures because they are long-lasting and nonremovable, improve function and appearance, and preserve the jawbone.

Studies show that high-quality dental implants can last 20 years or longer. In many cases, they can last a lifetime. Implants give dentures a solid foundation and help them last longer than removable complete dentures, which can become fragile because they lack stability.

Also called hybrid dentures, implant-supported dentures are fixed or not removable. Only a dental professional with specialized training can unscrew the denture from the implants. The benefits of non-removable dentures include:

  • Staying in place without adhesives
  • Remaining comfortable and secure
  • Being easy to brush and clean

You can use a water flosser to keep the area beneath your hybrid denture clean.

Implant-supported dentures provide better function, comfort, and appearance in these ways:

  • They remain stable, making it easy to speak, enjoy your favorite foods, and socialize without worrying that your dentures may make clicking sounds, slip around, or fall out.
  • The palateless upper denture improves your taste and enjoyment of food, and the lower denture will not rub on your gums.
  • Your smile will look natural.
  • Stronger chewing force than removable dentures.

The roots of natural teeth stimulate and preserve the jawbone, so the bone begins to shrink when all your teeth are missing. Additionally, a denture that rests on your gums accelerates bone resorption. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots with these benefits:

  • Prevent your denture from resting on your gums and bone
  • Stimulate and preserve your bone
  • Help you retain your face shape and avoid facial sagging that naturally occurs with bone loss

How Do Implant-Supported Dentures Work?

Dr. Randall will remove any remaining teeth, prepare your jawbone, place up to six implants, and perform bone grafting all in one procedure. The process continues with these steps:

  • Attach your temporary replacement teeth to the implants within 24 hours
  • Wait three to six months while your jawbone and implant fuse to become solid support for your final, custom-made denture
  • Remove your temporary replacement teeth and attach your final prosthesis

Regular visits to your dentist and Dr. Randall will support the long-term success of your implant-supported dentures.

What Are Your Other Options?

Snap-on dentures are removable, implant-retained dentures. The denture base snaps onto dental implants. Although a snap-on denture is less stable than an implant-supported denture, it is more reliable than a removable complete denture.

Your oral and overall health determine whether you qualify for implant-supported or implant-retained dentures or if traditional dentures are the best option.

Real Patient Results

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Request an Implant-Supported Dentures Consultation

After an exam and 3-D x-rays, Dr. Randall will explain your treatment options and what you can expect. Schedule a consultation with our periodontist at Chattanooga Periodontics and Dental Implants at (423) 756-2450 today.