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What are Implant-Supported Dentures?
By Smiles By The Sea Family Dentistry
August 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

DenturesFind out how implants could keep your dentures in place for life.

Are you a current denture wearer who is looking for a way to keep your new teeth in place? Are you someone who has just lost their permanent teeth and is looking for a durable but economical way to restore your smile? If so, our Hampton, NH, family dentist Dr. Harbpinder Shevchenko is here to tell you more about implant-supported dentures and how they could help you.

Just as the name suggests this tooth replacement option involves overdentures that are held in place by dental implants. Regular dentures sit on the gums and stay in place through suction; however, dentures have a habit of moving or shifting around, especially when chewing or speaking. The best way to prevent dentures from moving around is to get implants.

If you are an adult who is missing all of their lower teeth and has a strong, healthy jawbone then you could be an ideal candidate for implant-supported dentures. While dentures that are designed to replace the upper teeth will usually stay put without needing implants, it’s the lower jaw that may require implants to stabilize a full set of dentures.

While the implants will remain within the jawbone, the dentures will need to be removed every day in order to clean them and to brush the gums to prevent plaque and tartar from building up. It’s important that you treat implant-supported dentures in the same way as regular dentures, which means taking them out every night before bed (do not sleep in your dentures) and cleaning them every day.

What goes into getting implant-supported dentures?

Once we examine your teeth and our Hampton, NH, dentist runs x-rays to make sure your jawbone is strong and healthy enough to support implants, here are the steps involved in getting implant-supported dentures:

  • Implant placement: During this minor surgery we will open up the gums and drill a small hole into the jawbone where the implant will be placed.
  • Healing process: The healing process is key for successful implants. It takes anywhere from 3-6 months for the jawbone and tissue to fuse together with the implant to become one.
  • Creating dentures: If you already have dentures then we may be able to use the prosthetic you already have and place it over top of your implants; however, if you don’t have dentures yet, we will need to take impressions of your mouth so that a lab can create your very own set of artificial teeth
  • Placing the dentures: The last step is to attach the dentures to the top of the implants.

No matter whether you have questions about implant-supported dentures or you need to schedule a consultation, turn to the cosmetic and restorative expert Dr. Shevchenko at Smiles by the Sea Family Dentistry in Hampton, NH. Call us to learn more.