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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Implant-Supported Dentures

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Patient education is a very important part of the services offered at Springbrook Family Dentistry. Our team will always go out of their way to explain the need for any procedure and how it will benefit your oral health. But you still may have questions, and we encourage you to share with us anything that is a concern to you. We believe that the only silly question is the one that goes unasked!

We've shared a few questions that we hear most frequently from our patients, but you may not see the exact information you're looking for here. If that's the case, please don't hesitate to contact our office. A knowledgeable member of our team will be happy to find the answer you need.


Implant-Supported Dentures

The implant process can be long, but it is worth it in the end as it is the best treatment available for missing teeth. A dental implant looks and feels just like a natural tooth. The implant process may take anywhere from 3-9 months on average. It is important the process is not rushed because moving too fast can lead to implant failure. Our goal at Springbrook Family Dentistry is to give your implant the very best chance of success.Dental Implants in Elma NY

The Bone Graft

If you have a tooth that needs to be removed prior to the implant placement, this may lengthen the process. Most of the time, when a tooth is removed a bone graft will be placed in the tooth socket to prevent the bone from shrinking. This is important because a graft you will lose bone, which may lead to inadequate bone for future implant placement. This graft needs to be given 3-4 months to fully integrate with your body. If the missing tooth is located in a place visible when you smile, we will make you a temporary tooth to be worn while your implant heals.

Implant Placement

Once the graft has healed, or if your tooth has already been missing for a period of time, the actual implant (the screw portion) is surgically placed into the bone. Most patients do extremely well with the part of the treatment and post-operative discomfort is usually minimal. A cap is then put on the screw and the gums will be stitched to cover your implant while it heals. The implant is given 3 months to fully mesh with your bone.

Implant Restoration

Once the implant has fully healed, it is finally time to add the tooth! You will return to our office for an impression of your implant. The impression will be sent to a dental lab where they will make the abutment (the connecting piece) and the crown (the tooth portion) fit together and fit on a model of your implant. When you return to the office the abutment and crown will be fit and adjusted as necessary to give you a natural looking tooth.

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While the implant process may be a lengthy one, almost all our patients find it was well worth it! There is no other procedure that gives such a similar look and feel to your natural tooth. Please call our office today if you are interested in finding out more about dental implants.

The difference between a conventional denture and a partial denture is a conventional one means all of your teeth are missing/will be removed and the denture will fit over the gums only. A partial denture uses your existing healthy teeth to hook onto to give your denture added stability. A partial is usually a better option if you still have strong, healthy teeth that can be used to support it. If none of the teeth are particularly strong it may make more sense to make a conventional denture.

Which Option Works For You

Which option is best for you is very individualized and will depend on many factors. We are always happy to provide consults if you think it may be time for either a denture or partial denture so we can point you in the right direction. If you would like to learn more about dentures, please call our office.

If you’ve had your dentures for more than 3-5 years, they may not fit the way they used to. You may find they move when eating and speaking and may even fall down on occasion.Loose Denture | Springbrook Family Dentistry

Not only does the bone in your mouth support your teeth, but the teeth in your mouth also supports your bone. When the teeth are removed the bone loses the support once provided by the teeth and begins to resorb or shrink. While the most rapid bone loss that occurs is during the first six months after tooth removal, the bone will continue to slowly shrink and atrophy throughout the rest of your life. As a result, dentures that were made to fit your mouth several years ago may not fit now. Many people try to compensate for this by using more and more denture adhesive until the desired fit is achieved. Unfortunately, this can cause faster loss of bone and lead to an even worse fitting denture.

We have some options available to treat these problems that depend on your specific case and needs. Sometimes, if your denture is in otherwise good condition we may recommend relining the inside of the denture for a tighter fit. For very worn, ill-fitting denture we may recommend making a completely new denture.


Another option we may recommend, particularly for your lower denture, are implants to retain your denture. Implants are titanium screws fused into the bone. Once the implants have properly healed we can emmbed caps into your denture that will snap onto your implants to keep the denture in place. This technology works extremely well and most people find they can chew much better and smile with more confidence when their dentures are attached to implants. Additionally, implants work like teeth in supporting your bone, and help to prevent you from losing even more bone in the future.

If you have a loose denture and would like to find out about your options for fixing your problem, please give our office a call for a consultation! 

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In light of recent events surrounding the Corona Virus/COVID-19 and the guidance of our national and state dental societies, we will be rescheduling all 6 month cleaning appointments and any elective dental treatment over the next few weeks.

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