Frequently Asked Questions About Implant Supported Dentures
Q. Does every dentist perform this procedure?
A. No, if you live in the Simi Valley area, only certain dentists offer this type of prosthetic. We perform the procedure on a regular basis, and understand the clear benefit of providing patients with a durable set of replacement teeth.
Q. Can anyone qualify for implant supported dentures?
A. For the most part, everyone can get the procedure. However, there are a few health factors to consider. We need to examine you to determine if you have any signs of gum disease or other infections that need to be corrected first. Simultaneously, there may be other health conditions that impact the procedure. Diabetics, for example, can receive implant supported dentures, but may need to wait for their blood sugar to be under control before we can begin. We can examine you in our Simi Valley dental office and let you know if we anticipate any roadblocks.
Q. Will this procedure work if I have worn dentures for a long time?
A. Yes, if you have worn dentures for years, you can upgrade your prosthetic. This is an ideal way to do so, because it gives you some of the stability you can expect from dental implants without the need for a drawn out procedure.
Q. Does this procedure hurt?
A. No, when you visit our office, we will provide you with any necessary sedation. At Alamo Family Dentistry, we understand that dental procedures can be intimidating, and we will take steps to ensure that you remain comfortable and relaxed during the appointment.
Q. What are mini-implants?
A. Some people will use the terms "mini-implants" and "implant supported dentures" interchangeably. While there are times where they are accomplishing the same thing, this is not always the case. A mini-implant is a titanium screw just like you would expect to see with a traditional implant. The difference is that it is much smaller. This makes it ideal for those suffering from a lack of bone density. Traditional implants require significant density since the implant itself is so long. This is not the case with mini-implants, making them a better solution for someone who has worn dentures for years and has suffered resorption as a result.
Q. What is the recovery time?
A. Within days of undergoing a procedure for implant supported dentures, you will start to feel like your normal self. You should be careful to avoid eating anything hard or difficult to chew, like a steak, along with anything sharp, like tortilla chips. This type of food can cause further irritation and only serve to prolong your recovery time. Instead, focus on eating soft foods that are easy to chew and can be chewed quickly. Things like steamed vegetables, yogurt, and warm soup are excellent options. If you watch what you eat, take it easy, ice the area, and use ibuprofen, you should feel better within a couple days. Since this is a less invasive procedure, the recovery time is much faster than if you were to undergo surgery for traditional dental implants.
Q. What is the difference between implant supported dentures and traditional dentures?
A. Traditional dentures are designed to come out every night. They remain in place by wrapping around your gums and creating a suction effect enhanced by denture paste. This can be messy, and if your dentures slip, it can be uncomfortable and inconvenient. With implant dentures, your dentures snap into position, secured in place by the implants themselves. Your new teeth will look natural and be entirely secure, adding further enjoyment to your daily life. To learn more about this procedure, call (805) 259-1149. We will be happy to meet with you and discuss all your options.