Rejuvenate Your Smile with Implant Supported Dentures

For patients who require a denture or are unsatisfied with their current conventional prostheses, Tampa Implant Dentist Dr. Renato Aves can provide implant supported dentures at our convenient Tampa, FL oral surgery practice.

If you have lost or had extracted most or all of your teeth, full dentures can help you regain your ability to speak, eat, and smile with confidence. Unfortunately, traditional dentures, which simply rest atop the gums, are often uncomfortable, unsightly, and unhealthy. Implant supported dentures are preferred by many people. To find out more about this treatment option or learn if it may be suitable for you, contact the Tampa Bay Institute of Oral Surgery and Dental Implants today.

Who is a Candidate?

You may qualify for implant supported dentures if you:

  • Currently have a conventional denture and are displeased with its appearance, function, or fit.
  • Are missing a large portion or the entirety of your teeth.
  • Do not currently suffer from tooth decay or gum disease. Dr. Aves can help you treat these conditions before beginning the implant placement and restoration process.
  • Have sufficient bone tissue to hold dental implants. If you do not, Dr. Aves can perform bone grafting procedures such as a sinus lift or ridge augmentation.
  • Are in good general health, without any cardiovascular disease, immune system disorders, or other conditions that could compromise your healing.

At your initial consultation, Dr. Aves will assess your mouth, review your medical records, and discuss your concerns with you to determine if you are a good candidate for implant supported dentures.

Benefits

Implant supported dentures provide many advantages over conventional dentures. These include:

  • A more snug, comfortable fit
  • Improved bone health
  • Better stability, since they cannot shift as easily
  • Enhanced confidence and self-esteem
  • A more attractive appearance
  • Easier speaking
  • More comfortable chewing and fewer food restrictions
  • Limited or no clicking sounds, as is often the case with traditional dentures

Types of Implant Supported Dentures

Dr. Aves offers several types of implant supported dentures, which include:

  • All-on-4® dentures. Dr. Aves can use this advanced implant placement technique to secure your dentures with just four strategically placed implants per arch.
  • Bar-retained dentures. This type of denture involves implants attached to a set of metal bars, onto which Dr. Aves places the denture.
  • Ball-retained dentures. This form of denture uses a ball and socket or stud abutment to stably hold a set of artificial teeth in place.
  • At your initial consultation, Dr. Aves will explain your options in further detail and help you choose which type of implant supported denture might be appropriate for your needs and wishes.

    The Procedure

    If you lack adequate jawbone tissue for dental implants, Dr. Aves will begin the process by performing bone grafting, ridge augmentation, or a sinus lift. If you require this type of procedure, you will need to wait for your new bone to heal before the placement procedure. Once you are ready for dental implants, Dr. Aves will make incisions into your gums and insert the appropriate number of titanium posts at strategic angles into your jawbone. To complete the procedure, he will close these incisions with sutures and clean them. Next, you will need to heal for several months while the implants integrate with the bone. You may wear a temporary denture during this period. At your last appointment, Dr. Aves will place your chosen style of abutment over your implants and affix your custom made prosthesis. Although bone does not have nerves, gum tissue does. Dr. Aves uses optimal anesthetic and sedation techniques to ensure you are comfortable throughout surgical procedures.

    Learn More About Implant Supported Dentures

    Advanced implant-retained prostheses can improve your appearance, oral health, and quality of life. Contact our Tampa, FL oral surgery office today to learn more about implant supported dentures or schedule a no charge initial consultation with Dr. Aves.

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