what are implant-supported dentures?
Partial or complete removable dentures can require messy adhesives to stay put in your mouth, but implant-supported dentures are connected to metal posts in your jawbone in order to keep them stable and secure. This will ensure that the dentures won't move, even as you are speaking or eating. With more support and security, patients at Something To Smile About with implant-supported dentures can rest assured that their teeth will not shift. Implant-supported dentures look great and can be treated just like natural teeth. Our general and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kevin Boulard, makes custom implant-supported dentures that feel comfortable and look natural. Learn more about implant-supported dentures and decide if they're a good option for you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Boulard at our Merrimack, NH office.
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What Are the Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures?
If traditional dentures aren’t a permanent-enough solution for your teeth or you don’t want to deal with the upkeep required for partial or full dentures, implant-supported dentures installed at Something To Smile About by Dr. Boulard and his team may be a great option. Benefits of implant-supported dentures at our Merrimack, NH facility include:
- Replacing teeth with a long-lasting solution
- Preserving the health of the jawbone
- Providing a healthy, vibrant smile
- Eating foods without being concerned about traditional denture adhesives or upkeep
- Improving speaking ability
- Increasing confidence and self-esteem
Who is a candidate for implant supported-dentures?
You may be interested in implant-supported dentures if you're currently wearing removable dentures or if you need dentures to replace your teeth. Unlike removable dentures, implant-supported dentures do not require soaking and adhesives to be maintained. Implant-supported dentures have fewer restrictions than removable dentures and can be cleaned like natural teeth. The dental implant simulates the natural roots of your teeth, so your gums and jawbone are less likely to atrophy. During your appointment, Dr. Boulard will examine the current condition of your mouth to decide if your gums and jaw are strong enough to bond with the implanted posts. If needed, bone and/or gum grafts may be performed to fortify specific areas before the implants are placed.
Dr. Boulard's implant-supported dentures techniques
Prior to any treatment, Dr. Boulard will complete a thorough exam, including digital x-rays to better understand the strength of your gums and jawbone. If the gums or jawbone are not strong enough to accept the dental implants, gum and/or bone grafts may be done. As soon as the grafted area has healed and is sufficiently dense, the implants can be placed.
Local anesthesia will be administered to numb your mouth before the surgery. Other sedation options may be discussed if it helps you feel more comfortable. Dr. Boulard will make incisions in your gums and place posts in the holes in the jawbone. For dentures, at least four implants are needed per arch. The incisions in the gums will be stitched with part of the implanted post visible above the gums. The posts will be covered with a temporary denture as your mouth heals over 4 – 6 months. The implants will integrate with your gums and jawbone. As soon as Dr. Boulard decides that the posts are secure, your custom dentures can be connected to the implanted posts and fitted.
Taking care of your implant-supported dentures
Implant-supported dentures should be cleaned like natural teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash. You will need to attend yearly cleanings and exams at Something To Smile About to have the fit and wear of your dentures assessed. When properly cared for, implant-supported dentures can last several years. Dr. Boulard can help you decide if your dentures should be replaced or repaired.
Implant-Supported Dentures FAQs
Do implant-supported dentures hurt?
No, implant-supported dentures do not hurt. In fact, they can provide a more comfortable and secure fit than traditional dentures. Many people who have these devices say they feel like they have their natural teeth back. There may be some discomfort or soreness after surgery to insert the implants, but this should go away within a short period.
Do I need to avoid certain foods with implant-supported dentures?
You do not need to avoid any foods with implant-supported dentures. Even hard or sticky foods can be eaten without worry. However, you should take care when chewing to ensure that you do not put too much pressure on the implants. Do not use your teeth to open packages or non-food items, as this can damage the implants.
How long do implant-supported dentures last?
Implant-supported dentures can last for many years with proper care. The implants themselves are typically made of strong and durable materials. Dr. Boulard can provide an estimate of how long your dentures are expected to last based on your individual situation.
REQUEST AN IMPLANT-SUPPORTED DENTURE CONSULTATION
Implant-supported dentures give you back your smile so you can talk and eat just like you did with your natural teeth. You can enjoy confidence in the strength of your dentures. Contact Something To Smile About to make your appointment with Dr. Boulard in Merrimack, NH.