Implant Supported Denture
Implant-supported dentures use dental implants to secure a set of dentures in place. They look similar to conventional dentures with porcelain teeth and resin gums, but they do not have a plate that fits to the top or bottom of the mouth. Instead, the appliance uses implants to attach the dentures to the upper or lower jaw, making them appear and feel natural within the oral cavity. Surf City Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery offers implant-supported dentures for those looking for a removable appliance to restore a dental arch.
How Are Implant-Supported Dentures Fitted?
An initial consultation appointment is an opportunity for our patients and our oral surgeon to talk through the procedure, and to see if implant-supported dentures are right for the patient. Implant-supported dentures require sufficient bone density in the upper or lower jaw. When the jaws do not have sufficiently-dense bones, a bone graft will be required. X-rays and 3D imaging will be used in the preliminary appointment to assess how the treatment plan will be realized. When a patient has a whole dental arch replaced, the amount of implants required is four. Our professionals will administer local anesthetic during the procedure, and our team will remove any impacted teeth that remain in the mouth. Then, with a dental drill, our oral surgeon will create the holes in the jaw for the implants and place them. The implants need to fuse with the bone around them, so the placing of the dentures will be done a couple of months after the implant placement. Until then, our oral surgeon will take measurements for custom-fit dentures and send the measurements to a dental lab. Patients will be given temporary dentures until the implants are secure in their jawbones. Securing the custom-fit dentures in the oral cavity for the first time may require the removal of gum tissue. The dentures will attach to the implants, but it is still removable, like normal dentures. The oral surgeon will ask how it feels, and if it sits correctly. It may take some time to get used to, but as long as there is no pain or persistent abnormality, the dentures should fit well.
How Do I Care for my Implant-Supported Dentures?
The care for implant-supported dentures is similar to that of normal dentures. Patients who had conventional dentures up until this point will be familiar with caring for implant-supported dentures. First, patients must rinse the dentures to remove any large chunks of food that may have gotten stuck within the synthetic teeth or gum. Then, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive cleaner, gently brush over the entire surface of the dentures. The attachments should be carefully brushed, as they connect the implants and denture together. Keeping the dentures in a glass of water prevents warping, so when our patients take them out overnight, they should place the dentures in there or risk damaging them. Surf City Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery can accommodate your implant-supported dentures procedure, and our team wants to help you regain a perfect smile. To find out more about what we offer, contact our office at 657-384-2787 and we can book you a consultation appointment.