Implant Supported Dentures
Dentures are a budget-friendly way to restore your smile if you’ve lost all of your teeth. Dentures aren’t always easy to wear because they can slip when you try to eat or talk. If your dentures slip or come loose, it can be embarrassing. Removable dentures can also cause bone loss in your jaw. If you have removable dentures and you are interested in getting implants to support them, call Alder Dental to learn more about what we offer.
How it Works
Implants are small titanium screw posts that serve a purpose similar to that of real tooth roots. They are an anchor that will be placed in your jawbone, beneath the gum line, not visible in your mouth. Titanium has the ability to fuse with living, natural bone to become part of your jawbone and preserve bone density.
When your dentures are secured by implants, they will not put pressure on your gums in an uncomfortable and destructive way. They will stay in place when you eat, talk, and smile.
It will usually take two implants to support your lower denture, and a minimum of four to support your top denture. This is due to the differences between the top and bottom dentures. If you already wear dentures, it is possible to modify your current set to be supported by implants. If not, you can have a new set made.
What to Expect
Dental implant surgery is simple and routine. The procedure can be performed in our dental office with a local anesthesia in most cases. After the dentist numbs the area, the proper number of implants will be placed in your jaw. The placement of your implants will be predetermined at specific angles to maximize the support of your dentures and avoid nerves and sinuses.
Depending on the number of implants you will need, the procedure can take between one to three hours. In the majority of cases, pain and discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter medication.
After surgery, your implants will need to heal before they will be able to support your dentures. This process takes at least six weeks but is different for everyone. You won’t be completely without teeth during this period. You will be sent home from your procedure with a set of dentures that is modified to not put any strain on your implants.
When your healing process is complete and the implants are finished fusing to your jawbone, we will show you how to properly hook your new dentures onto the implants and take them back off again. You will be able to use your new dentures confidently knowing that your teeth will stay in the same place in your mouth while you eat, talk, and smile.
If you have dentures and are interested in getting implants to secure them in one spot all day long, take a minute to call Alder Dental at (360) 831-0831 to get a better idea of what this process might look like for you. We are here to answer all of your questions and concerns regarding the process.