If you currently have dentures, dental implants can also be used to provide stabilization and increase their functionality. Traditional dentures can slip out of place, make noises when you speak or eat, can cause chewing sores, and only allows for 10 percent of the natural chewing power. However, stabilizing your dentures with dental implants allows you to keep your dentures while having more retention than that offered by denture adhesives. To stabilize dentures, Drs Lewis and David Morrison will place between four and six implants in your mouth that will serve as attachments to the denture. Your dentures will then be retrofitted with snap-on attachments as well. For partial dentures, Morrison Dental Care will remove wire clasps and stabilize the existing partial, often in one day. Your dentures will still be removable, however they will remain firmly in your mouth, be much more comfortable, and there will be an increase in chewing ability.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for stabilized dentures?
You may be a candidate for a stabilized denture if you are missing all of your upper or lower teeth and have enough jawbone to support artificial tooth roots. If you don’t have sufficient bone structure, Drs. Lewis and David Morrison may recommend undergoing a grafting procedure to help build up the jaw in preparation for implants. You’ll need to consult with Morrison Dental Care to ensure that a stabilized denture is right for you.
What should I expect if I undergo an implant procedure?
Getting stabilized dentures is a multi-step process that generally requires 2 in-office surgeries performed several months apart. During the first visit, implants will be secured within their designated locations inside the jaw. They will then be left to heal over a period of 6 to 9 months. You may be fitted for temporary dentures to wear during this time. At the conclusion of your waiting period, you’ll return to Morrison Dental Care to have the implants re-exposed and either an abutment or bar secured to them. Lastly, you’ll be fitted for your final dentures, which will contain connective hardware for easy attachment.
How will I need to care for my stabilized dentures?
Although stabilized dentures are designed to remain in place without slipping, they must be removed each night for cleaning. You’ll also need to carefully brush around each attachment and soak them nightly.
Discover the many benefits of dental implants and mini-dental implants at Morrison Dental Care. Drs. Lewis and David Morrison serve the communities of Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Saratoga Springs, Troy, Waterford, and Mechanicville. Call us today at (518)371-3400 or use our online Request an Appointment form to schedule a consultation and learn more about our complete implant dentistry package!