How To Get Implant Supported Dentures In Salt Lake City, UT
Dr. Scott Elder offers restorative dentistry such as dentures and will coordinate your implant surgery and care, but does not perform dental implant surgery that requires sedation. If your situation requires dental implants as part of your denture process, Dr. Elder will refer you to a specialist and his office will coordinate your care.
To learn more about implant-supported dentures or if you have any additional questions, we’re glad to help you. Call us at the Salt Lake Dental Clinic to schedule your appointment with Dr. Scott Elder today. Our office can be reached at (801) 278-7100.
Is your smile missing something?
When you have a simple or complex case where you need implant-supported dentures, you need an experienced dentist to help you navigate the process. Implant supported dentures can restore your smile and give you the confidence to smile wide.
Dr. Scott Elder provides total oral care, including implant and denture restorative work. For complex cases that require sedatives, Dr. Elder’s team of trusted oral surgeons will coordinate your care with Dr. Elder’s office so that each step of the process is completed as efficiently and quickly as possible.
To consult with Dr. Elder about your need for implant-supported dentures or other implant options, including preparation for these procedures such as tooth extraction, call us at (801) 278-7100.
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures are different from regular dentures since they don’t rest directly on the gums. There are two types of implant-supported dentures—removable and fixed.
- Removable dentures are similar to conventional dentures and may be a partial or full set. They are mounted on a metal frame that is attached to the implant abutment and snapped into place. They can be removed by you for repair or daily cleaning.
- Fixed dentures are permanently screwed or cemented onto an individual abutment.
Implant-supported dentures are preferred by some patients because they do not rub against the gums and are easier to chew with. However, implants are more invasive than regular dentures and often require the services of an oral surgeon to embed the implants within the bones of your jaw. Implant-supported dentures are often more costly, however, they are a wise long-term investment for your mouth.
- Implant-supported dentures stimulate the bone and keep it from shrinking
- Regular dentures may cause a change in the shape of the jaw as it shrinks and needs to be refitted
- Easier chewing
- Less embarrassment if teeth are lost in public
- Less maintenance
One of the cons of implant-supported dentures is the healing time. Post-surgical healing can take anywhere from two to six months before the denture prosthesis can be placed.
What To Expect When Getting Implant Supported Dentures?
Dental surgery can seem overwhelming and a bit frightening. Dr. Scott Elder and his team will help prepare you to receive your implants. Depending upon your specific needs, you may need tooth extraction or gum care to make sure your mouth is healthy enough to receive an implant.
Dr. Elder’s team will address any fears or concerns you might have and will discuss all of your implant options. Your case will be unique to you according to your personal oral care needs. Generally, most implant surgeries and dental restorative work follow this timeline:
During this appointment, Dr. Elder will use the latest technology in digital dentistry to take a template of your mouth and create an implant placement plan. If you need to have teeth extracted, or crowns placed, these services will be performed at this appointment.
The implant placement plan created by Dr. Elder will be used by your oral surgeon to quickly and efficiently drill down into the bone to place the sleeve for the implant post. Your gums and jawbone will need to heal.
In some cases, your jawbone may need to be prepared with a bone graft. This will be done during the procedure while you are under sedation. A bone graft reinforces your jaw and provides a more solid base for the implant.
The surgery and the steps following surgery may take several months depending upon your rate of healing. While you wait, you may still have a gap where your tooth or teeth are missing. Dr. Elder may give you a partial temporary denture that can be removed for eating and for sleep. In the meantime, a healing cap will likely be placed over the sleeve.
You may need to have an additional minor procedure to place an abutment or the piece where the crown will attach. Once this is placed, your gums must heal for about two weeks before the dentures or artificial teeth can be attached.
When your gums heal, you’ll have an impression of your mouth and remaining teeth (if any) made and your new artificial dentures will be made.
After any oral surgery, you will need rest and healing time. You may experience one or more of the following:
- Swelling of the gums or face
- Minor bleeding
Be sure to follow all your post-extraction and post-surgical instructions and oral hygiene guidelines when caring for your dentures.
How To Care For Your Implant-Supported Dentures
Follow your dentist’s guidelines when caring for your dentures. If you have the removable type of dentures, you will have a different set of instructions to care for the prosthesis. For fixed dentures, you will practice the same oral hygiene as if you were caring for your natural teeth.
Here are a few guidelines for caring for your implant-supported dentures:
- Brush or clean your dentures and other teeth according to instructions every day
- Don’t chew gum
- Avoid hard or sharp foods
- If you grind your teeth, consider getting a mouth guard to wear at night.