Dentures are notorious for slipping out of place just when you need them to stay put. Sometimes, it seems, no amount of adhesive can keep them in place when you eat the foods you most enjoy. Worse, they can sometimes slip when you’re in the middle of a conversation, which is distracting and embarrassing.
At Full Circle Dental Care in Del City, Oklahoma, expert dentist Samuel Sigmon, DDS, has a solution. He recommends implant-supported dentures so that you can replace your missing teeth affordably, but also have the peace of mind that dental implants bring.
Traditional vs. implant-supported dentures
Traditional dentures are what people usually envision when they think of false teeth. The false teeth are set into a gum-colored resin that fits over your gums. To keep them in place, you must use a form of suction and often adhesive. However, the seal can be broken, which leads to embarrassing slippage.
To keep your dentures secure, we recommend supporting them with dental implants. Dr. Sigmon inserts implants into your jawbone. Your dentures then snap onto the upper portion of the implants, which extend beyond your gum line. The implants keep your dentures securely in place, no matter what you eat.
Why you might choose implant-supported dentures
Implant-supported dentures have many advantages over traditional dentures. Implant-supported dentures might be right for you if you:
- Prefer snaps to an adhesive
- Have enough good-quality jawbone structure to support implants
- Prefer budget-friendly dentures to an entire set of permanent implants
You and Dr. Sigmon decide together if implant-supported dentures are the right choice for you.
Which type of implant-supported dentures?
Once you choose implant-supported dentures, you can then choose from one of two types:
The implant attaches to the jaw with a metal ball that sits in the socket of your denture.
Your dentist attaches a thin metal bar that hold your dentures in place across several implants.
Either type of dentures can be easily removed for daily cleaning and soaking.
How we make your implants
Our team wants you to feel as comfortable as possible with your new implant-supported dentures. To be sure of a customized fit, we:
- Measure and mold your jaw to create models of your mouth
- Custom-fitted dentures are created by our lab
- We place the implants in your jawbone to support the dentures
- We then fit your dentures over the implants
If you’ve lost jawbone to atrophy or disease, we may need to first create bone grafts to build up your bone. You need healthy bone to support your dental implants.
While two implants may be sufficient to hold your dentures in place, four or more per arch may provide a more secure hold. Additional implants reduce the overall stress placed on individual components.
We choose the placement of each implant carefully. Correct placement of each implant is crucial to keep your dentures in just the right spot.
How to keep your supported dentures clean
You must clean your implants and dentures every day. Luckily, the process is as easy as 1-2-3.
- After meals, remove your dentures and brush around the implant abutment with a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive cleanser.
- At night, clean your dentures, rinse them, and place them overnight with a cleaning solution in a glass of water.
- You wake up to a bright, new set of dentures every morning. Be sure to rinse them before attaching to your implants.
With proper cleaning, your dentures and implants should be good for years to come. If you skimp on adequate cleaning, the gums surrounding your implants could become inflamed. Eventually, the implants could shift and loosen, or fall out. We also recommend at least two professional dental cleanings per year with careful review of your gums and implants.
To find out if implant-supported dentures will work for you, call our friendly Full Circle Dental Care team today or schedule a consultation through our online booking system.