Family Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Tempe, AZ
Are you one of the more than 20 million Americans who wear dentures? If you’re unhappy with the fit of your dentures, or you regularly experience trouble speaking, biting, or chewing, you may want to consider upgrading to implant supported dentures. Mandana Kheshtchin, DDS, at A&N Dental in Tempe, Arizona, regularly suggests implant supported dentures to help both men and women. Call the office (480) 485-5130, or click the online booking tool today to make your appointment.
Implant Supported Dentures Q&A
What are implant supported dentures?
Implant supported dentures are a type of overdenture that Dr. Kheshtchin attaches to dental implants. Traditional dentures sit directly on the surface of your gums, which can cause irritation, swelling, and problems speaking. Implant supported dentures, on the other hand, snap in-place. As a result, they’re more comfortable and less likely to cause side-effects associated with traditional dentures.
Dr. Kheshtchin usually recommends implant supported dentures to restore missing teeth on your lower jaw because regular dentures tend to slip around there. However, if necessary, you can receive implant supported dentures on your upper or lower jaw.
Are implant supported dentures removable?
Yes. Most implant supported dentures snap into place and are easily removable. To keep your dentures in excellent condition, you’ll want to take them out at least once a day to brush them and to clean your gums. You should also remove your implant supported dentures at night.
Are there different types of implant supported dentures?
Yes. At A&N Dental, Dr. Kheshtchin offers two types of implant supported dentures:
Bar-retained dentures feature a thin metal bar that follows the unique curves of your mouth and attaches to a series of dental implants. After placing your implants, Dr. Kheshtchin attaches a series of clips on top of the bar that firmly holds your dentures in place.
Also known as stud-attachment dentures, ball-retained dentures feature two metal attachments that interlock with one another. This unique design ensures they fit snugly together and also prevents them from slipping and sliding.
What is the process of receiving implant supported dentures?
Receiving implant supported dentures usually takes two procedures and a period of between 6-12 months.
During the first procedure, Dr. Kheshtchin places between two and five implants into your upper or lower jaw. You return home and wait for your bone tissue to grow around the implants, fusing them in place.
Several months later, you return to A&N Dental and Dr. Kheshtchin prepares your implants to receive your dentures. During this appointment, Dr. Kheshtchin takes a series of molds and sends them to a dental laboratory that manufactures your dentures.
If you wear traditional dentures and you’re unhappy with their limitations, implant supported dentures are worth considering. Make an appointment at A&N Dental by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.