Being completely edentulous (without any teeth) is quite common. In fact, nearly 40 million Americans have lost all of their teeth. Many people feel devastated by their situation, especially at first, and dentures are a welcome solution that allows them to eat, speak, and smile comfortably. But dentures aren't without drawbacks. Over time, they often become loose and ill-fitting, which can really impact your everyday activities like socializing or enjoying a meal. Fortunately, Dr. Michael Piccione offers implant dentures in Sunnyvale to dramatically improve the fit and function of your denture and help it feel more like your own teeth. If you'd like to know how implants can improve your dentures, contact us anytime to schedule a consultation!
Implant dentures are very similar to traditional dentures, but are securely held in place with dental implants rather than suction and adhesive. In most cases, just 2-8 implants are needed to support an entire upper or lower denture. In addition to keeping your denture firmly in place, implants mimic the function of natural tooth roots and preserve your jawbone density over time. Depending on your unique situation and preferences, we may recommend one of the following types of implant dentures:
A fixed implant denture is designed to stay in place all the time, only to be removed by your dentist for cleaning when you visit for regular checkups. This means you can eat, sleep, and go about your daily life without worrying about your dentures at all! While this option offers the most stability, it requires more jawbone density than a removable implant denture.
Sometimes called “snap-on dentures,” a removable implant denture can be snapped onto and off of a set of dental implants. You’ll be able to remove this type of implant denture when needed, such as for cleaning, but will still enjoy all the benefits of a new smile that’s anchored securely into the jawbone. While this type of implant denture requires a bit more maintenance than a permanent implant denture, it often requires less jawbone density.
Getting an implant denture is done in phases spread out over several months. Here's what you can expect:
The first step to getting an implant denture is scheduling a consultation with Dr. Piccione who will closely evaluate your needs before making a recommendation. Here are some of the factors he'll be looking at to see if you’re a good candidate for implant dentures:
By combining dental implants in Sunnyvale with dentures, you'll get the best of both worlds. Here are just some of the benefits you can expect: