Implant supported dentures are attached to implants in the jawbone that extend outward from the gums. An advantage to implant-supported dentures is that they are more stable than other types of dentures – especially in the lower jaw, where conventional dentures are most likely to slip out of place. Candidates for implant-supported dentures should have healthy gums, good oral care routines and sufficient jaw bone.
Caring for Dentures
All types of dentures need regular cleaning and care to avoid future dental health problems and prolong the lives of the dentures themselves. Removing and cleaning your dentures every day helps to keep dentures clean and your mouth fresh.
Dentures for replacing a full set of teeth are called full dentures. Dentures are made of a flesh-colored acrylic base that covers the gums and bony ridge, allowing an entire set of false teeth to sit firmly. Prior to fitting full dentures, the dentist removes any remaining teeth. The jawbone reacts to this process slowly, reshaping over time. For a perfect fit, the dentist may in fact wait several months before measuring the mouth and ordering one's full dentures from the supplier. Since the healing process takes several months, we offer an immediate “healing” denture that we deliver after surgery so that you do not have to walk around without any teeth.
When just a few teeth are missing, partial dentures fill the gap. Partial dentures can be attached to natural teeth in several ways, the most conventional of which uses metal clasps that grip the natural teeth. Partial dentures can also be attached to crowns on the natural teeth. These crowns can actually improve the fit of partial dentures.