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Full Mouth Reconstruction with Implant-Supported Dentures

Are you a candidate for smile correction? If you have several broken, missing, or severely decayed teeth that cause you to hide your smile, then you could benefit from a full mouth reconstruction. At Lifetime Family Dental, we can help restore your smile, your health, and your confidence with implant-supported dentures for a full mouth reconstruction.

When Is Full Mouth Reconstruction Necessary?

Full mouth reconstruction is a restorative procedure that involves replacing or rebuilding all of your teeth. This type of restoration is the solution to many different dental problems, such as:

  • Multiple missing teeth
  • Several failing fillings that show signs of decay
  • Numerous cracked, chipped, or otherwise broken teeth
  • Badly worn teeth due to clenching or grinding

What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?

When you think about dentures, you probably think of the traditional kind that requires an adhesive, and can fall out and cause irritation. However, implant-supported dentures do not require adhesive, and they are more stable and more comfortable than traditional dentures.

The procedure for implant-supported dentures involves inserting posts into your jaw. There are two types of implant-supported dentures. The first are fixed dentures, which are permanently attached to the posts. The second is temporary dentures, also known as snap-in dentures, which snap into place on the posts and are removable.

Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures

  • They allow you to eat harder and stickier foods that you can’t eat with traditional dentures.
  • Implant-supported dentures give your tongue more space compared to traditional dentures.
  • They are stronger and seem more like natural teeth.
  • Implant-supported dentures help preserve your bone and gum tissue.
  • They do not require adhesive.

Disadvantages

  • The implant posts require surgery.
  • Recovery time after surgery can take several months.
  • It can take longer to recover if you need a bone graft.
  • The posts may require occasional tightening.

How Long Do Implant-Supported Dentures Last?

Permanent Dentures

Fixed dentures are the most durable type of denture, so they should last a lifetime. Since you cannot remove permanent dentures, you clean them similarly to natural teeth. Keep in mind that your dentures will always last longer if you take good care of them. 

Here are some tips on how to clean permanent implant-supported dentures:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste
  • Brush your teeth, gums, and tongue twice a day
  • Use water flossers in place of string floss
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for professional cleanings

Temporary Dentures

Although temporary dentures are sturdier and more durable than traditional dentures, they do not last as long as permanent implant-supported dentures. Temporary snap-in dentures can last from 5 to 8 years with proper care. 

The care routine for removable dentures differs slightly from caring for permanent ones:

  • Use a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste
  • Remove your dentures before you go to bed to gently rinse and brush them before storing them per your dentist’s instructions
  • Brush the roof of your mouth, gums, and tongue before wearing your dentures
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for professional cleanings

Full Mouth Reconstruction in Gilbert

At Lifetime Family Dental in Gilbert, Arizona, we provide a wide range of restorative dental services. From chipped teeth to full mouth reconstruction, we can give anyone a bright, healthy smile. If you’re interested in implant-supported dentures or other dental restorations, give us a call at 480-558-4331 to schedule an appointment.

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