Implant-supported dentures are dentures that are attached to implants, which are small titanium screws that serve as artificial tooth roots. The implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone and fused with the bone. The dentures are designed to fit on the implants and snap on securely.
This style of dentures offers several benefits. Because the dentures are securely attached to the implants, they do not slide or move around while you eat, talk, or smile. This also reduces the risk of gum irritation.
What Are the Advantages of Implant-Supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures have a number of advantages. The implants function like tooth roots, providing permanent support for your dentures. Once you choose this option, our dentist can place the implants and attach your denture right away or wait until your jawbone has healed from the implant placement procedure.
What Is the Procedure for Implant-Supported Dentures?
If you're missing most or all of your natural teeth, then implant-supported dentures could be right for you. Implants can be used to replace anywhere from one tooth to a full arch of teeth. Implant-supported dentures are more comfortable and stable, which means you'll be able to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
What should I expect During implant-supported dentures?
For implant-supported dentures, you will have to visit the dentist several times. During the first visit, our dentist will prepare your jawbone to receive the implant posts. We will use a local anesthetic so you don't feel pain during the procedure.
Once your gums are numb, the dentist will make an incision and place the post in the jawbone. The dentist will then stitch your gums closed to allow you to heal.
After a few weeks, the dentist will reopen your gums and place a healing cap over the implant post. Your gums and bone will heal around these posts for three to six months. Once your customized dentures are ready, we will place them over the posts and check for fit as well as comfort.
How Do I Care for My Implant-Supported Dentures?
Caring for your dentures is essential to ensuring that they stay looking and feeling great. Dentures should be cleaned every day, and you should also visit the dentist every six months for a dental checkup.
At Wade K. Marler, D.D.S, we offer the best dental care possible to each of our patients in a positive and relaxing environment. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at (253) 852-0480 or visit us at 17203 SE 270th Pl, Covington, WA 98042.