Dental Implant-Retained Dentures – Jacksonville, FL
Greater Support for Longer-Lasting Smiles
Missing all your teeth along the top or bottom arch of your mouth? Apart from the fact you may feel self-conscious about your appearance, an incomplete smile can leave you dealing with many common problems such as an increased risk for gum disease as well as a weakened jawbone that leads to facial collapse. Fortunately, Dr. James Schumacher and his team can provide you with dental implant-retained dentures in Jacksonville, FL as a way to restore your smile. Using between 4 and 6 implants, we can bring your smile back to life, giving you the confidence you deserve. To find out if you are eligible for treatment, contact us today.
Why Choose Dr. James Schumacher for Dental Implant-Retained Dentures?
- Start-to-Finish In-House Dental Implant Placement
- Dentist with Advanced Training from the Pankey Institute
- Modern Technology Used to Ensure Accurate Treatment Planning
How Do Dental Implant-Retained Dentures Work?
Implant-retained dentures are a truly unique solution that relies on 4-6 dental implants to serve as the base and foundation for your customized restoration. Looking and functioning just like your regular teeth, your implants are surgically placed into the bone and allow for a greater bite force and improved functionality when eating, chewing, and speaking.
Unlike traditional dentures that require your natural suction to hold them in place, implant-retained dentures fuse with the bone and tissue and can remain firmly in place for a lifetime with proper care and maintenance.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implant-Retained Dentures?
Patients with the following criteria may be eligible to receive implant-retained dentures:
- An entire arch of missing teeth (top, bottom, or both)
- Strong, durable jawbone that can support not only the dental implants but also the restoration
- Are in good general oral health and have no issues with tooth decay or periodontal disease
- Have a healthy immune system not compromised by poor lifestyle habits (i.e. smoking, tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption) or a medical condition (i.e. diabetes, an autoimmune disorder)
- Have strong, healthy gums
A scheduled consultation will allow Dr. Schumacher to review your current oral state and determine if you are a qualified candidate. Should he find there are problems with tooth decay or gum disease, you will need to have these treated before moving forward with dental implant placement. If your jawbone is not strong enough, it may be necessary to undergo a bone grafting procedure to add minerals to these weakened areas. This process can add several months to the overall timeframe for a new smile.
The Dental Implant-Retained Dentures Procedure
Once Dr. Schumacher has cleared you for dental implant surgery, you will return to the day of your appointment and receive a local anesthetic and sedation, if necessary, to ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. When ready, we will make multiple incisions in your gums, exposing the bone. This will allow our team to position and place each implant into the correct area before closing the gum tissue.
You will then be sent home to recover for the next 3-6 months. During this time, your implants will begin to fuse with the bone and surrounding tissues in a process known as osseointegration. This must be successful to move forward with the next phase of treatment, which is to secure the abutments and your final restoration.
Your denture will be created by a skilled team of technicians who will craft your denture according to the specifications provided by Dr. Schumacher. Once attaching it over your implants, he will make sure it looks natural and is comfortable within your mouth.
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
- It is a more stable and secure solution, as opposed to relying solely on your natural suction to hold your denture in place.
- They are easier to clean and maintain, allowing you to keep them longer.
- The implant posts are designed to last decades or longer with proper care.
- Your jawbone will remain stimulated because of the implant’s surgical placement.
- They offer greater functionality and confidence when eating, chewing, and speaking to others.
- They provide a stronger bite force, allowing you to eat all your favorite foods.