Implant supported dentures are preferred by many patients who are missing all of their teeth but want a more stable replacement option than what traditional dentures provide. Unlike traditional dentures, which rely on the underlying bone and gums for support, an implant supported denture is anchored in place by titanium screws surgically placed into the jaw bone. This prevents the dentures from slipping or becoming loose during wear. Many patients find that implant supported dentures provide greater comfort, improved chewing function, and better speaking abilities than traditional dentures.
There are two main categories of implant dentures.
- Removable – The denture snaps into implants and the patient can remove the denture when they wish.
- Fixed – The denture is screwed into implants and the patient does not have the ability to take the denture in and out.
Am I a candidate for implant supported dentures?
There are many styles of both removable and fixed implant denture options. We understand this may be a significant decision for you. We’re here to help clarify your options and walk you through treatment every step of the way.
You may be a candidate for an implant supported denture if you are missing all of your upper or lower teeth and have enough bone to support implants. If you don’t have ideal bone structure, we may recommend undergoing a surgical procedure to shape or build up your jaw. Together, along with a local specialist that will place the implants, we start with an initial exam to begin a discussion about what implant denture might be the best option for you.
What should I expect if I undergo an implant procedure?
Getting implant supported dentures is a multi-step process that generally requires multiple appointments and several months of healing and adjustments. Once a treatment plan is in place, you’ll have the implant surgical appointment. Your implants will be secured within their designated locations inside the jaw. The implants will need a minimum of 3-4 months of healing time before they can be fully functional. They will either be left under the gums to heal or you will have a temporary denture screwed into the implants. Either way, you will have a previous, newly made, or temporary denture to wear during the healing period. At the conclusion of your waiting period, you’ll return to your provider’s office to have the new, permanent denture secured to the implants.
How will I need to care for my implant supported dentures?
- Removable implant dentures should be removed each night for cleaning. You’ll also need to carefully brush around each attachment and soak them in water nightly. Yearly dental exams are recommended to ensure proper fit and inspect each of the implant components.
- Fixed implant dentures are made in such a way where there is space for the patient to clean underneath them since they are not able to remove them. It is recommended to see us for a yearly dental exam to clean and inspect the implant denture and its parts.