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Implant-Supported Dentures Can Restore Dental Function and Appearance

image of implant-supported denturesIf you are struggling with significant tooth loss, implant-supported dentures can replace an entire dental arch, restoring both form and function to your smile. These restorations provide unparalleled security, so you never have to worry about your denture slipping out of place when you eat or speak. In addition, implant-supported dentures promote jawbone strength, helping you achieve a healthier smile and long-lasting results. At our practice in Troy, MI, we are committed to providing you with safe, effective procedures, which is why Dr. Keith Kelley proudly uses the latest dental technology in each custom treatment.

What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?

Like traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures are intended to replace several missing teeth in a row or a full dental arch. Standard restorations are removable, and they attach to the gums using suction and dental adhesives. In contrast, implant-supported restorations are affixed to dental implants, which are embedded in the jawbone. 

For his patients convenience, Dr. Kelley can perform all aspects of implant-supported restoration procedure in-house. As such, we can streamline your treatment and ensure high quality care from start to finish.

What Are Your Options?

There are several types of implant-supported dentures to choose from. At your consultation, Dr. Kelley can evaluate your dental needs, lifestyle, and goals to determine the right option for you.

Implant-Supported Partial Dentures

If you are missing several teeth, but have healthy teeth remaining, a partial denture may be appropriate. This restoration will restore a portion of your dental arch, and is typically attached to two implant posts.

Bar-Retained Full Dentures

If you choose a bar-retained full denture, Dr. Kelley can place between four and eight implant posts. He can then guide a thin metal bar across the top of your jaw, which your prosthetic will clip on to. Although removable, a  bar-retained denture offers increased security.

Ball-Retained Full Dentures

A ball-retained denture will attach directly onto implant posts for the greatest degree of stability. This type of restoration is not removable, except by your dentist.

Are You a Candidate?

At your consultation, Dr. Kelley will consider several factors to determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants. You should be in good oral and overall health to qualify for dental implant placement surgery. Dr. Kelley can examine the health of any remaining teeth to determine the need for extractions or other preparatory care. He can also evaluate your jawbone. Tooth loss can quickly result in jawbone deterioration, which can deprive implants of sufficient support. Fortunately, a bone graft can replace lost bone and reinstate your candidacy for implants.

What Are the Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures?

Implant-supported dentures offer several advantages, including:

  • Greater stability: Attached to permanent posts, your denture will not shift out of place.
  • Long-lasting: With proper care, dental implant posts can last a lifetime.
  • Improved oral function: With increased stability, you can speak properly and eat comfortably.
  • More realistic look: An implant-supported denture is designed to look and feel natural, complementing your facial contours.
  • Enhanced jawbone health: Implants replace your tooth roots, sending out regenerative signals to promote bone regrowth. Thus, they can prevent further bone recession, tooth loss, and structural changes to your jaw.
  • Higher self-confidence: With complete oral function, a more youthful appearance, and an ability to laugh freely, you can feel confident in your smile.

For his patients convenience, Dr. Kelley can perform all aspects of implant-supported restoration procedure in-house. As such, we can streamline your treatment and ensure high quality care from start to finish.

Contact Us for More Information

If you are missing teeth, implant-supported dentures provide a long-lasting solution. To schedule your personalized consultation, contact us online or call Keith W. Kelley DDS at (248) 828-3185.

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