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Nashville Implant-Supported Dentures

Remember the confidence and comfort you once felt in your natural smile? With implant-supported dentures, you can experience those feelings again. Dr. David Wickness offers a range of options so that you can choose the type of implant-supported dentures that works best for you.

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Advantages of Implant-Supported Dentures

As you may have already experienced, removable dentures can tend to slide around in your mouth. This can make eating inconvenient and smiling with complete confidence impossible. Implant-supported dentures are attached to fixtures embedded in your jaw so that they constantly remain in their proper position. You’ll never have to manually adjust them, so you can get back to freely living your life!

Rendering of a woman's face shows the sinking of the cheeks and shriveling of the chin that occurs as a result of facial collapse.But the highest benefit of implant-supported dentures is that they protect the health of your jaw. When the jawbone is no longer supporting the roots of your lost teeth, it begins to disintegrate as part of a process known as bone resorption. This occurs as the body’s way of repurposing bone minerals elsewhere. Over time, the result is a dramatic reduction in the structure of the jaw. This leads to the onset of facial collapse which presents as the sinking and shriveling of the face. But aesthetics aren’t the only concern here; facial collapse also makes it difficult to hold a denture, which can eventually seriously complicate your ability to chew.

The wonderful news is that facial collapse is completely preventable, even for those who have already lost all of their teeth. When you support your denture with dental implants, your body will recognize those implanted fixtures as real tooth roots and will halt the process of bone resorption occurring around those fixtures. Where bone resorption is prevented, facial collapse is prevented as well.

Implant Overdentures

Of all the types of implant-supported dentures we offer, implant overdentures are the most economical and the most like traditional dentures. But where traditional dentures are prone to sliding side to side, implant overdentures are held by snaps attached to dental implants, making them easily removed and reinserted. For the most affordable option, you can have your overdentures attached to as few as two implants, but using four or even six will provide much more stability.

Fixed Implant Dentures

If you want your dentures to feel as secure and natural as your own teeth, you’ll want to consider a type of fixed implant denture known as a hybrid implant denture. The synthetic teeth and gums in these dentures are implant-supported in the most secure way, with each arch permanently attached to four or more implanted fixtures in your jaw. Like your natural smile, this one can’t — and won’t need to — be removed. And if you don’t have enough bone structure to support traditional dental implants, you can either have bone grafting or Dr. Wickness can install your implants using the All-on-4 method, which eliminates the need for grafting! For more information about that, visit our page on All-on-4 dental implants.

Implant Bridge

3-D rendering of an implant bridge being attached to the upper jaw through 6 dental implants.For those who don’t need any gum tissue replaced, the implant bridge is the premium choice in teeth replacement. An implant bridge can be used if all the teeth are missing, or if only a few are missing.

If all the teeth are replaced, the teeth will be attached to each other in one solid unit and the entire apparatus will be supported by dental implants. Or, one artificial tooth can be suspended between two others and attached to the jaw with two implants. In either case, the crowns are made of top-quality ceramics selected for their beauty and strength. As such, the implant bridge offers the highest level of stability and aesthetics.

How it Works

To get started with your new smile, Dr. Wickness will first see you for a dental exam, where we’ll take x-rays and a CBCT scan. The CBCT scan gives Dr. Wickness the 3-dimensional view of your mouth, jaw, and nasal cavities that he needs to establish the correct position for each dental implant. The measurements obtained at this appointment will also help Dr. Wickness custom-create the best design for your new dentures. After this visit, it will be time to schedule your implant surgery at one of the trusted oral surgeons with whom we work. On the day of surgery, the dental implants will be placed exactly according to Dr. Wickness’s specifications. You’ll be given a temporary denture to wear while your implants complete osseointegration (the process of fusing to your jawbone). After a few months, you’ll be ready to receive your new smile!

Comfort & Stability for You

If you’re ready to experience the benefits of implant-supported dentures, you can schedule your initial exam by calling our office at (615) 297-5090. If you prefer, you can request an appointment online, and we’ll call you to get you scheduled.