Implant-Supported Dentures in Swanton, OH
If you are missing most or all of your teeth, you have options when it comes to restoring your smile. One such option is implant-supported dentures. Unlike conventional dentures, which can be removed at any moment, implant-supported dentures are secured in place by a series of titanium implant posts inserted directly into the jawbone. The implant posts prevent the dentures from shifting or slipping out of place, which is a concern with conventional dentures.
The dentists at Dental Health Associates in Swanton have years of experience recreating healthy, fully functioning smiles with implant-supported dentures. We pride ourselves on offering the latest and most advanced options in implant dentistry. In addition to traditional dental implants, we offer Intra-Lock® mini dental implants, which involve a less invasive procedure and can be placed immediately to stabilize dentures or partial dentures.
No matter what your denture and implant needs are, Dental Health Associates can help.
Am I a Good Candidate for Implant-Supported Dentures?
You may be a suitable candidate for implant-supported dentures if you:
- Are missing most or all of your teeth in the upper arch, lower arch or both
- Dislike the idea of wearing removable dentures
- Have enough jawbone to support the implant posts
- Are free of serious health conditions that can impair healing
Creating and Placing Implant-Supported Dentures
The process of planning, creating and placing implant-supported dentures typically requires several dental appointments spaced out over the course of several months. During the first appointment, our dentists will examine your mouth and teeth to determine the type of dentures you need. Complete dentures replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw while partial dentures replace only some of the teeth in the lower or upper jaw. We will also determine the number of implant posts needed to secure your dentures in place.
Impressions will be taken of your mouth, and other information will be gathered, to create your dentures. The impressions and information will be sent to a dental laboratory.
The dental implants will then be placed into the jaw during an oral surgical procedure. Once the implants are inserted, you will return home to rest for the remainder of the day. In order to provide a secure and stable foundation for the dentures, the implants need to be given ample time to fuse with the surrounding jawbone. This process, called osseointegration, takes three to six months to complete. In the meantime, we will provide you with removable dentures to wear.
Once your jawbone has fully healed, you will return to our office for your permanent dentures. We will position your dentures in place and check your bite before securing them onto the implant posts.
If you are getting mini-dental-implant-supported dentures, your implants and dentures will be placed in a single dental appointment.
Dental Health Associates offers a number of implant-supported denture options, including the Hybridge system, an advanced implant technique that uses fewer implant posts to support a full arch of replacement teeth. This innovative technique has simplified the implant placement process, resulting in less complications and wait time for permanent replacement teeth.
Taking Care of Your Implant-Supported Dentures
One of the benefits of implant-supported dentures is that they are easier to care for than conventional dentures. Since the dentures are affixed onto the implant posts, you won’t have to remove them every night before going to bed. They do not require any special care but should be brushed and flossed like natural teeth. We recommend you avoid biting down on hard foods and objects to avoid chipping or cracking your dentures. You should also avoid grinding or clenching your teeth. Keep up with your six-month dental checkups so we can examine your replacement teeth and monitor your oral health.
To find out if implant-supported dentures are right for you, please schedule an appointment with Dental Health Associates in Swanton today.