If ill-fitting dentures are slipping and sliding around in your mouth, you are not alone. Dr. Robert Harrell and his experienced, caring team at Harrell Dental Implant Center have been securing patients’ smiles with dental implants for years. Imagine having no more fears of embarrassment. Imagine no more sore gums from the constant rubbing. Imagine laughing, smiling and eating as if you have your natural teeth. Dental implants make all this possible. Discover more about this life-changing procedure below:
An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.
Implant-supported dentures usually are made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there. Usually, a regular denture made to fit an upper jaw is quite stable on its own and doesn’t need the extra support offered by implants. However, you can receive an implant-supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw.
You should remove an implant-supported denture daily to clean the denture and gum area. Just as with regular dentures, you should not sleep with the implant-supported dentures at night. Some people prefer to have fixed (permanent) crown and bridgework in their mouths that can’t be removed. Your dentist will consider your particular needs and preferences when suggesting fixed or removable options.
Month 1 (if no denture needs to be made)
Month 2 (if denture needs to be made)
The first surgery involves placing the implants in the jawbone. During the first surgery, an incision is made in the gum where the implant will be placed. A hole is drilled in the bone, the implant is placed into the hole, and the incision is stitched closed.
After this surgery, you should avoid putting pressure on the implants. The temporary denture can be made so that direct pressure is placed on other areas, not on the implants. It may also be given a soft reline (new lining next to your gums) to help to reduce the pressure on your gums.
After the first surgery, the dentist will wait three or four months if implants were placed in the lower jaw, and five or six months if they were placed in the upper jaw, before scheduling the second surgery. During this time, the bone and the implants integrate (attach and fuse). Learn more from Colgate
Avoid A Sunken Facial Profile
Your traditional dentures are affixed to a denture plate that continually grinds against your jawbones. Even the best-fitting dentures become loose over time due to their reliance on suction and adhesion. The continuous friction of traditional dentures eventually wears away healthy bone tissue. Dental implant therapy protects the integrity of your jaw and helps to maintain your facial profile, minimizing the risk of the traditional denture hallmark of a sunken appearance.
Taste Your Food Again
While the lack of chewing capacity with dentures gets all of the attention, it’s important to note that traditional dentures also dramatically influence taste. Having a hard, plastic denture plate masks your palate and a variety of taste receptors. The pasty adhesives required also affect your ability to enjoy foods and beverages. Implant supported dentures are a better option for all facets of eating and drinking.
There is a much wider distribution of taste buds in the fetus, infant, and children than in the adult. Our sense of taste diminishes, therefore, as we grow older.
The sense of taste may be interfered with or even interrupted by the interjection of an outside stimulus such as a denture or dentures.
Pressure or pain acting as a counterirritant may interrupt the sense of taste.
Mastication of food on the anterior teeth or undermastication of food may preclude the actual penetration of the material or food in solution into the taste pore.
Book Your Dental Implant Consultation Today!
Oftentimes, Dr. Harrell can adapt a client’s current denture into an implant supported appliance. Once we look at the state of your existing dentures and your oral health, we will be able to determine your custom solution.
Schedule a free consultation with Harrell Dental Implant Center to discuss denture stabilization with dental implants. Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on the website to make your appointment. During your consultation a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will appear when your implants are in place. We look forward to hearing from you.