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Dental implant supported dentures

For many people that have lost their teeth, a traditional denture is a way to replace the aesthetics of the teeth, however, is not as functional as normal teeth.  An alternative to a traditional denture is the dental implant supported denture.  This is a removable type of denture that is able to snap in and out as needed for cleaning and maintenance.  It connects to four or more dental implants that are implanted into the jaw bone, which provides retention was a denture so that does not need to cover the palate.  Covering the palate, a traditional denture is bulky.  The implant supported denture allows more space for the tongue, better ability to taste, sense temperatures, and does not require denture adhesives.

What is an implant supported denture? 

Losing one’s teeth is unfortunate but can happen from long-standing periodontal disease or other reasons.  Previously, the only option to replace all the teeth was a removable denture.  The denture is an oral appliance that covers the entire palate and may be held in place with denture adhesive. New advances in implant dentistry have allowed us to replace all of the teeth with a removable denture that snaps in on four or more dental implants that are screwed into the jaw bone.  This removes the need for denture adhesives that are inconvenient and difficult to maintain the denture in place.  An implant supported denture does not require the palate to be covered like a traditional denture.

Implant supported dentures start with inserting four or more dental implants into the jaw bone.  The dental implant is usually made of titanium and screws into the bone.  After the bone has healed, we are able to replace the teeth and gums with a removable denture that snaps in.  Patients are able to remove this denture for maintenance and cleaning.  They are a much more convenient alternative to traditional dentures.  At the same time, they cost much less than a dental implant supported fixed bridge.

Why would I need a dental implant supported denture?

Dentures are an option for anyone that has lost all the top teeth, all of the bottom teeth, or both.  Traditionally, we would use a removable denture to replace all of the teeth.  A removable denture covers the entire palate and is adhered to the gums using a denture adhesive when needed.  Implant supported dentures provides a more convenient alternative to traditional dentures. 

Features of an implant supported denture

An implant supported denture allows us to replace all of the teeth without the necessity of surgery to perform dental implants for all of the teeth.  We are able to use only four, or sometimes more, dental implants to mount the denture to the jaw bone.  This allows us to replace all the teeth for an excellent looking smile.  The implant supported denture also restores a more youthful appearance of the facial structures that is lost with loss of the teeth. This also allows one to be able to eat many foods that are unable to be eaten with missing teeth or even traditional dentures.

What are alternatives to an implant supported denture?

The implant supported denture has a few alternatives to restore all of the teeth.  Traditional dentures are the most obvious alternative.  A traditional denture is less convenient and often requires denture adhesive to keep it in place.  The implant supported denture is a removable denture that attaches to  dental implants to hold it in place.

Another alternative to a dental implant supported denture is to replace all the teeth with the use of a dental implant supported bridge.  The dental implant supported denture has the advantage of being less costly and also can replace the appearance of the gums.  A bridge does not include the pink appearance of the gums.

Dental implant supported denture Vs. removable dentures

Many patients that come in for an implant supported denture are patients that currently already have removable, traditional dentures.  An implant supported denture is a much more convenient option to traditional dentures.

The implant supported denture cannot move and slip around like a traditional denture.  The implant supported denture feels more like natural teeth and are less bulky in appearance than a removable denture.  The use of the implant supported denture can help preserve the jaw bone that may be lost over time with a traditional denture.  The implant supported denture can last a lifetime whereas traditional dentures often need to be continually refitted and replaced.  The implant supported denture does not require continued use of a denture adhesive.  Some denture adhesives can even be detrimental when consumed.  The implant supported denture allows one to eat many more foods than a traditional denture does.  The implant supported denture does not cover the palate which can be an annoyance to patients.  Covering the palate can also interfere with your ability to speak, ability to taste and to sense temperatures. 

And finally, with an implant supported denture, there are no more embarrassing situations where your denture can become loose in public.

How is an implant supported denture inserted into my mouth?

The first step to inserting an implant supported denture into the mouth is to extract any remaining teeth that need to be removed if there are any.  We will also perform a clinical examination and x-rays to assess the bone structure.  The bone needs to be strong enough to support the dental implants and the implant supported denture going forward.  If we determine that the bone is not strong enough to support the implants, we will perform a procedure such as a sinus lift or bone graft first.

The next step to insert an implant supported denture is to place four or more dental implants into the jaw bone.  Our dental implant specialist will decide how many dental implants are necessary to anchor the denture to your jaw bone.  The process of getting an implant supported denture requires multiple visits.  After the implants are inserted into the bone, we will allow time for them to heal and the bone to harden.  Once we determine that the bone is strong enough to receive the implant supported denture, we will take a mold of your mouth to ensure proper fit of the denture and placement of where to mount it onto the dental implants.  At Sachar Dental NYC, our dental implant specialist is also a prosthodontist specialist.  In this case, the same person will place your dental implants as well as design and fabricate your removable denture.  This unique circumstance allows our specialist the ability to best perform the implant supported denture. While your permanent denture is being fabricated by our dental laboratory, we may give you a transitional denture for aesthetic reasons.

Once we receive your dental implant supported denture, you will come back for an appointment to get your new denture fitted and show you how to attach it to your dental implants.  We will also then give you detailed instructions on how to care for your new teeth.

What should I expect after an implant supported denture?

After your first visit, when we insert your dental implants, you may experience discomfort after the anesthesia wears off.  There may be mild swelling and bruising of the area.  We will instruct you to not eat until the anesthesia wears off.  You will be given other specific instructions at the time your visit that are case dependent.

At your next visit you will receive your implant supported denture.   At the completion of your visit, we will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your new denture at home.  Your next follow-up visit will be at your normal six-month visit for checkup.

How long should my implant supported denture last?

Dental implants are considered a permanent solution for missing teeth.  Your implant supported denture is expected to last many years.  At Sachar Dental NYC, our dental implant specialist has over 25 years of experience of placing dental implants for patients in New York City.  We have many patients that remain satisfied with their dental implants for over two decades.

How do I care for my implant supported denture?

In order to prevent problems with your dental implant supported denture it must be cleaned twice daily just like regular teeth. We recommend that patients remove and clean their implant supported denture twice per day by brushing it.  It is important to keep the attachments of implant supported denture clean.  It is important to clean both the inner and outer sides of the denture.  We also recommend coming in twice per year for your regular dental checkups.

What is the cost of an implant supported denture in Midtown Manhattan, NYC?

At Sachar Dental NYC, our charges for implant supported denture ranges from $13,000-$15,000.  These charges can be broken down into separate procedures and billed in intervals.

The actual cost depends on how many implants are required and that will be determine by our implant specialist during your consultation.

We are able to bill patients and their insurances on separate visits.  We will discuss billing in more detail at your consultation.  The cost for dental implants is a covered service for most dental insurances, and we always offer payment plan options.

Does my dental insurance cover the cost of an implant supported denture?

Most PPO dental insurance plans usually cover the costs of each stage of your dental implant and implant supported denture treatment. The dental implant is usually covered at 50% up to the annual maximum. The denture may be covered at 50-60%.  Additionally, tooth extraction and bone graft, when necessary, are often covered up to 80%.  Prior to coming into Sachar Dental NYC, we always check on your dental insurance benefits and inform you as to what your total out-of-pocket costs will be before performing this procedure, or any procedure.  You will only be responsible for your percentage of the costs at the time of your visit.  We will then submit an insurance claim to your insurance company, and collect payment from them directly.

Can I use flexible spending dollars or a medical savings account for these charges?

Yes, you may be able to use your medical savings accounts or flexible spending dollars to cover charges related to your treatment.  At the time of your service, we will provide you with all the necessary documentation and receipts.

Do you offer payment plans for an implant supported denture?

At Sachar Dental NYC, we offer interest free financing through Lending Club and Care Credit.  In 15 minutes, we will let you know if you are approved for interest-free financing.  These options will enable you to make payments over the next 12-18 months without any interest charged.

Why are we the best dentists in NYC for dental implants supported dentures?

At Sachar Dental NYC, we take great pride in our implant supported dentures.  Our dental implant specialist is uniquely dual specialized in both prosthodontics and implantology.  Unlike most practices, in our practice, the same person places the implant and fabricates the implant supported denture.  Under these circumstances, the specialist is able to visualize the entire procedure from start to finish.  When he places the implants, he is already visualizing the aesthetics of what it will look like when final denture is placed.  This removes one variable of an implant specialist having to work with a prosthodontist, restorative dentist to make the denture.

As a prosthodontist, our specialist is able to ensure that your denture has equal biting pressure on all areas versus increased load in one spot.  This will ensure that the denture functions properly for decades and lessens the possibility of failure of any of the implants.  This is another reason why we are so successful with our implant supported dentures, having the same person that is a dental specialist in implants and prosthodontics.

At Sachar Dental NYC, we utilize the best dental laboratory in New York City.  Our lab technician is truly an artist when it comes to producing the denture.  He is also an expert when it comes to making adjustments to ensure that your denture fits on to the dental implants properly.

We take great pride in our very high success rate, and our very high patient’s satisfaction with their implant supported dentures.  Experience matters, and we have been placing dental implants for over 20 years at Sachar Dental NYC.  As always, at Sachar Dental NYC, we use the least toxic and the highest quality materials.  We always use the best dental laboratory in New York City, which contributes to our high success and satisfaction rate.

Also, at Sachar Dental NYC, we always opt to perform the least invasive procedures possible.  We do not rush into extractions that result in implant supported dentures.  On many occasions, patients have come in expecting to have a tooth extracted, and we were able to save the tooth.

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