For many patients, Dr. Arlene Kubit will recommend implant-supported dentures over traditional dentures. She coordinates all aspects of care at our Erie, PA, practice by working alongside a trusted oral surgeon. Implant-supported dentures will not slip out of place, allowing patients to speak and eat with confidence. Most importantly, dental implants help patients maintain a dense, healthy jawbone. At Artistry in Dentistry, we believe every patient should be able to invest in this advanced treatment option. For patients who qualify, payment plans can be arranged through Erie Federal Credit Union.
Traditional dentures are a trusted and cost-effective tooth replacement solution. However, implant-supported restorations are superior in several ways:
Traditional dentures only replace the portion of the teeth visible above the gumline. While this can improve your appearance and function, it fails to address an important aspect of our natural teeth. Dental roots provide stimulation to the jaw and when teeth are lost or extracted, the nearby bone will atrophy. Surgically placed implants duplicate this function and help maintain a dense, healthy jawbone.
Most denture patients have experienced the slipping or sliding of their dentures, which can create potentially embarrassing situations. Dental implants fuse with the bone during a process called osseointegration. Once dentures are attached to the posts, they will remain firmly fixed in place until you or your dentist removes them. This means you can enjoy all your favorite foods and speak confidently at all times.
Implant-supported dentures usually require fewer adjustments than traditional restorations. Traditional dentures can wear on the underlying soft tissue, and change a patient's face shape over time. This requires periodic adjustments to ensure a proper fit, which can be frustrating and also contribute to the overall treatment cost.
Dr. Kubit will evaluate your candidacy for implant-supported dentures during an initial consultation. She can then refer you to an oral surgeon, who will determine whether any prerequisite procedures are necessary, such as bone grafting or a sinus lift.
On the day of your surgery, the surgeon will make you comfortable with a combination of local anesthesia and sedation, if needed. Incisions will be made in the gums and four or more implants will be placed within the jaw. Patients who receive just four posts, a technique known as All-on-4®, can often avoid the need for a bone graft or sinus lift. In certain cases, especially for these patients, a denture can be immediately attached.
With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Patients must wait three to six months before receiving their permanent, customized denture. This period allows the treatment site to heal and osseointegration to take place. Patients can choose from fixed or removable implant-supported dentures. Dr. Kubit will review at-home care instructions with you, which will vary slightly depending on which type you choose.
With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. If you have been told you need dentures or you would like a more effective restorative option than your current prosthetic, reach out to Artistry in Dentistry today. Email our office or call (814) 825-7373 to learn whether implant-supported dentures are right for you.
I have been a patient of Dr. Kubit's for over 20 years. She is the most skilled, professional and caring dentist I have ever encountered. I have referred many friends and family to Dr. Kubit. All have received excellent care by Dr. Kubit. She is truly one of a kind.