If you’d prefer your dentures were more secure and felt more natural, then implant-supported dentures might be just what you’ve been looking for. At Full Circle Dental Care in Del City, Oklahoma, Samuel Sigmon, DDS, can improve your denture experience with implant-supported dentures. Schedule a visit today by calling the office or using the convenient online booking system.
Typically, dentures rest on top of your gums and stay in place with a suction mechanism or adhesive. For some people, this can leave their dentures feeling bulky, cumbersome, or loose. Implant-supported dentures fix this problem by using dental implants to keep your dentures firmly anchored in your mouth.
Dental implants are very small posts that Dr. Sigmon surgically embeds in your jawbone, where they fuse with your bone tissue and function just like artificial tooth roots.
Dr. Sigmon attaches a connecting piece (called an abutment) to your implants, which then connects to your dentures. In this setup, your dentures stay attached to your mouth through a direct connection with your jawbone, just like natural teeth.
Implant-supported dentures feel more secure in your mouth, which can significantly improve your denture experience by making it easier to speak and chew. They also save you from having to deal with messy adhesives.
The biggest advantage of implant-supported dentures, however, is the fact that they provide your jawbone with healthy stimulation. When you’re missing teeth, your jawbone loses a primary source of stimulation, which is essential to keeping your bone tissue healthy.
An understimulated jawbone can begin to resorb, or deteriorate, which leaves it in a weakened state and can even affect the appearance of your face. With implant-supported dentures, your jawbone receives constant stimulation whenever you chew, so this isn’t a concern.
First, Dr. Sigmon takes an impression of your mouth to make your dentures, then installs your dental implants.
The dental implant surgery is relatively simple and can usually be performed at the Full Circle Dental Care offices with local anesthesia. Dr. Sigmon numbs your mouth, makes a small incision in your gum, then inserts the dental implants into your jawbone. In some cases, Dr. Sigmon might only need to use four dental implants to support your entire arch of dentures.
After your surgery, you’re sent home to heal for a few weeks so your dental implants can fuse with your jawbone. Dr. Sigmon can give you a temporary denture to wear during this time so you don’t have to be without teeth while you heal.
Once your mouth has fully healed, you come back to Full Circle Dental Care for Dr. Sigmon to pick up your permanent dentures and learn from Dr. Sigmon how to safely attach and remove them.
Call the office of Full Circle Dental Care today or use the online tool to book an appointment with Dr. Sigmon, and get started on your implant-supported dentures today.