How long do implant-supported dentures last?

Do you want to smile wide without any inhibitions? Do you want to improve your eating and speaking skills? Implant-supported dentures can be your answer. They give people the confidence to smile unabashedly, taking self-consciousness out of the picture. Being such an convenient solution to missing teeth, it also raises some concerns. One of them being, "How long do implant-supported dentures last?" 

Before answering that, let’s delve into the impressiveness that encompasses implant-supported dentures and why you should think about getting them. 

The benefits of implant-supported dentures over traditional dentures

Implant-supported dentures have a number of benefits when compared to traditional dentures. Here are 6 ways in which implant-supported dentures are better.

  1. Improved stability:  Implant-supported dentures are anchored to the jawbone, making them far more stable than traditional dentures that rest on the gums. This makes them more comfortable to wear and easier to speak with.
  2. Maintain jawbone density: Traditional dentures do not make use of the jawbone and it gradually deteriorates. Whereas implant-supported dentures snap directly onto the implants, the jawbone is used frequently.
  3. Improved appearance: Dentures supported by implants appear and feel more natural than traditional dentures. They closely resemble natural teeth.
  4. Improved chewing ability: You can eat a variety of foods with implant-supported dentures than with traditional dentures. The increased stability of implant-supported dentures allows you to chew more effectively, which can improve your overall nutrition.
  5. Less chance of gum irritation: Traditional dentures can cause irritation and soreness by rubbing against the gums. Because implant-supported dentures avoid this issue, they are more comfortable to wear.
  6. Longer life expectancy: Traditional dentures must be replaced every 5-10 years, whereas implant-supported dentures can last for even 20 years!

What is the lifespan of implant-supported dentures?

In an American study, the implant survival rate was 96.1%, and the total 10-year cumulative survival rate was 95.4%. You will have plenty of questions before deciding to go for an implant. 

Implant-supported dentures typically have a lifespan of 10 to 20 years. PubMed research on patients who have these dentures shows that the implants are effective and should last at least ten years.

The lifespan of implant-supported dentures is much more than just numbers. It is important to discuss the risks of implant failure with your dentist so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not to get implants.

What are the factors influencing the longevity of implant-supported dentures?

With proper care, implant-supported dentures can last for many years. However, it's important to be aware of the factors that might shorten or lengthen the lifespan of your implants.

  • The quality of the implants: The durability of implant-supported dentures depends on the quality of the implants. High-quality implants are made of tough materials and are built to withstand actions of chewing and speaking.
  • Oral Hygiene: Good oral hygiene helps to keep plaque and bacteria away from the implants, which can lead to infection and other issues. To maintain good oral health, people with implant-supported dentures should brush at least twice a day and after every meal if possible. 
  • Regular Dental Checkups: Regular dental checkups as directed by the dentist to monitor the health and stability of dental implants are important. Potential issues can be identified and addressed promptly through periodic assessments, reducing the risk of implant failure.
  • Lifestyle changes: Drinking and smoking can have a significant impact on the longevity of the implants. Your body needs sufficient blood flow to the treatment area for your implants to repair themselves properly. Unfortunately, nicotine's effect on your circulatory system may slow your healing.
  • Harm or Injuries: Dental implants can have a limited lifespan due to unavoidable circumstances. Avoid chewing on hard foods and be careful when brushing and flossing your teeth.

How do you get implant-supported dentures?

The process of implant-supported dentures can be lengthy that may take several months. But it’s worth the wait. The steps are as follows:

  1. The First Consultation: This is where your dental implant specialist will examine your mouth and discuss about the treatment. Impressions and X-rays will be collected in order to create models and to understand bone availability. 
  2. Pre-surgery preparation: If implant-supported dentures are a good option for you, your dentist will design a treatment plan that includes the number of implants required, the type of implants used, and the type of dentures used.
  3. Implant surgery: At this stage, implants will be placed into your jawbone. You'll have to wait three to six months before having the second surgery; this time allows the implants to fuse to your jawbone and heal.
  4. Second Surgery: The second surgery is performed to expose the dental implant's head. To promote healing, the dentist will apply a collar or healing cap to the implant's head.  To create a denture framework, the dentist will take another impression of the mouth.
  5. Denture placement: Finally, the dentures will be placed on your implants and you are good to go! 

To ensure that everything is in order, follow-up appointments will be required.

Are you ready for your implant supported dentures? Rana Dentistry can help! 

At Rana Dentistry, we endeavor to bring your charming smile back to your life. We have multiple dental solutions for people of all ages that are also budget-friendly. 

If you are considering implant-supported dentures, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with us. We would be happy to answer any questions you have and help you decide if this is the right treatment for you. Here is why you should pick us to restore your smile:

  • More cost effective implant-supported denture treatment 
  • Patient oriented service plans so you have the best support and care
  • Insurance that will cover treatments plans 
  • Payment plans that will assist with your finances
  • Implants supported dentures lasting upto 20 years

Our experienced dentists at Rana Dentistry will guide you through the process and recommend the best treatment option for your unique situation. Contact us by phone at (909) 764-3354 or online.