What to Expect When Getting Fitted For Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures are a popular choice for people of all ages who are missing teeth. If you have missing teeth, your mouth can’t work properly and you’re at risk for losing even more teeth or damaging your gums. Replacing the lost teeth with dentures helps protect your mouth and fills out your smile.

The thought of getting fitted for dentures doesn’t have to be scary. At Charlotte Dental Implant Center, our caring team of experts guides you through the denture creation process from initial impressions of your mouth to inserting your dentures. In the end, you’ll have a bright, new smile that you can be proud of.

We offer the latest in denture implant technology to our patients at Charlotte Dental Implant Center. Implant dentures use artificial tooth roots placed into your jaw to secure your dentures. The titanium implants bond with the bone to create a secure base for your dentures. 

You can choose between fixed implant dentures or removable dentures. Just as the name suggests, you can take removable dentures out for easy cleaning, while fixed implant dentures remain in your mouth, and you brush them like natural teeth. Both options attach securely to the artificial root in your mouth, which means your dentures won’t shift and irritate your mouth as you chew and talk.

When to consider dentures

Missing teeth are one of the biggest indications that you may need dentures. But there are other indicators that often appear before you actually lose a tooth. If your gums are red, swollen, or bleeding, you could have gum disease. If your teeth are loose or shifting, it might be a sign of permanent damage or bone loss.

Depending on your condition, our team might recommend partial dentures to replace just a few missing teeth. If you are missing all your teeth, or need them all removed, full dentures might be the best option for you.

If you have recently had diseased or damaged teeth pulled, you may need to wait about four weeks for your mouth to heal before getting dentures fitted. At Charlotte Dental Implant Center, our team can help you find the best solution to your mouth condition.

How denture fitting works

When you come to Wellness Dental for dentures, our team starts by giving you a full dental exam to determine what type of dentures are best for you. We take impressions of your mouth and any existing teeth to customize dentures for you.

You work with us to choose the right size, shape, and color of your artificial teeth so that you can have the best-looking smile possible. We send your impressions to a lab for development, and once your dentures are complete, you come back to our office so our team can fit the dentures inside your mouth. 

The entire process requires several visits. We insert the titanium roots with small surgical incisions and then wait for them to bond with your jawbone — a process that may take several months. We then place your dentures. We check for a proper, secure fit of the artificial teeth, looking at your bite to make sure that your mouth can function normally with your new dentures.

We usually schedule follow-up appointments to make sure you’re adjusting well to your new teeth. During recovery and beyond, it’s important to properly clean your dentures by following a regular dental hygiene routine.

With dentures, you’ll have increased confidence in your smile, along with better speech and chewing ability. Dentures can fill out your face where it may have been saggy before, making you look more youthful. To learn if dentures are a good option for you, call Charlotte Dental Implant Center or make your first appointment online today.

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