Implant Dentures in Medina, OH

My denture is not working for me, what options do I have? Not all patients are comfortable with the feeling of a denture on the roof of the mouth. Sometimes the palate can irritate the mouth, or make swallowing and speaking difficult. For patients who want an alternative to a full palate denture, we offer snap-on dentures. This procedure requires surgery to bond dental implants in the jaw bone that the dentures can snap-on. We then attach clips onto your denture that snap onto retentive abutments that are secured to your dentures. The abutments are called locators and they are very effective in providing retention, support, and stability to the denture. This means you can smile, chew and function in society with confidence. 

Snap-on dentures are palate free and function like regular, healthy teeth; giving patients the ability to enjoy hard foods without discomfort. Palate-less snap-on dentures are a favorite among our patients!

What does the Implant Denture Look like?

Denture with an open palate so you can taste better (below)

    

What are the indications for Implant Dentures?

  • If you don't have much bone in your jaws to support a regular denture.
  • If you cannot chew properly with your existing dentures.
  • If you have really thin tissues that cause soreness from the movement of your dentures.
  • If you grind your teeth.
  • If you have a gag reflex

Regular Dentures vs Implant Dentures

"Patient satisfaction increased when mandibular implant dentures were used instead of conventional or regular dentures" (Burns, 1995).
"Implant overdenture offers the advantages of improved comfort, support, retention, and stability. Annual bone resorption is more pronounced in patients who wear conventional complete dentures than implant overdentures". (Jacobs, 1993)

What Are the Benefits of Dentures?

Dentures are great for people who want to restore missing teeth with a natural-looking smile, but the benefits don’t end there. Dentures help with everyday activities like eating and speaking, improving your quality of life. Advancements in dental technology allow us to design dentures using comfortable, natural-looking materials that will enable patients to enjoy a wide variety of foods that usually would have been off-limits. 

Dr. Karunagaran is sensitive to concerns about replacing missing teeth and will work with you to get back the whole, healthy smile you desire. Getting dentures does not need to be an overwhelming experience, at Frontier Dental our dental team will explain the process with you through every step.

How do I care for my Dentures and Partial Dentures?

  • It is important to remove and clean your denture daily to prevent the build-up of deposits that can affect your tissues and damage its health. Good denture cleaning also can prevent candida infections in the mouth
  • Dentures should be cleaned and soaked and brushed with a nonabrasive agent. Do NOT use toothpaste
  • Dentures should be cleaned annually by your dentist in an ultrasonic scaler
  • Never place them in boiling water
  • Do not use bleach, but if you do use it do not soak it in bleach for more than 10 minutes. I do not recommend this.
  • Place them in water when you are not using them as drying can reduce their fit due to dimensional changes.
  • Using denture adhesives is recommended. I use them in all my new denture patients but you have to use them correctly and you have to visit your dentist regularly so he can look at your tissues
  • Zinc containing denture adhesives should be avoided at all costs as they have been proven to be harmful
  • All denture adhesives should be removed from the denture and the mouth at night
  • Do NOT sleep with your dentures. You have to give the tissues in your mouth time to rest
  • Visit your dentist or prosthodontist regularly to assess fit as you might need to have them relined and the teeth changed out.

How often do I need to see a dentist if I have dentures?

You will need to see the dentist every year to maintain your dentures. It may require you to have them relined or new teeth put on the dentures due to wear. Not visiting the dentist can cause your dentures to continue to lose its fit to your gums and this can cause destructive changes in your bone leading to bone loss. If you have implant dentures you may need to see the dentist to have you snap on retention inserts changed to keep the denture nice and tight to the implants.

Implant-Supported Dentures and Fixed Dentures 

Not all patients enjoy the feeling of dentures slipping, or having removable dentures. For these patients, implant-supported dentures may be the best option. This dental process involves embedding dental implants through the jawline to support the full arch denture. In this situation, we add more implants in your jaw so we can clip the dentures entirely on the implants instead of the tissues. This will feel more like the teeth that you had before you lost them.

Implant-supported dentures are sometimes removable, like the bar overdenture below. They can also be permanently screwed into place and not removable and patients can enjoy the feel of permanent teeth that look natural. 

Removable Bar-Overdenture Implant-Supported. This can be made without a palate so you can taste your food and feel everything.