Dr. Michael Sharp of Sharp Smile Center offers both traditional and implant-supported dentures at their office. Implant-supported dentures provide a range of outstanding benefits including excellent stability and prevention of jaw atrophy, but this option is not suitable for every patient. During your consultation at our office serving greater Portage, MI, we can conduct a detailed analysis of your smile to determine which solution is best for your needs.
The Dentures Treatment Timeline
Because dentures replace most or all of your teeth, they are one of the most involved dental treatments. If you receiving implant-supported dentures, you can expect that your treatment will be about three to six months longer because you must undergo and recover from dental implant surgery.
During your first consultation, we will assess the condition of your smile. If you have severely decayed teeth, we can extract them and provide any other necessary treatments to give your smile a healthy foundation for dentures. If you are interested in implant-supported dentures, we will also asses your candidacy for implants.
After taking impressions of your smile, we will send this information to a trusted denture lab, where skilled ceramic artists will create your custom dentures.
You will typically come back to our office a few weeks later to try on your dentures. Our doctors will assess the fit to ensure that your new dentures function properly and feel comfortable. If any adjustments are needed, we will send your dentures back to the lab.
Once the lab has completed any final adjustments, you will come back to our office to receive your permanent restoration.
Why Choose Implant-Supported Dentures?
While traditional dentures can help improve your facial features and restore some degree of function to your smile, they do not provide as many benefits as implant-supported dentures. In addition to improving the look and function of your smile, implant-supported dentures:
- Prevent Jaw Atrophy: Like natural tooth roots, dental implants send regenerative signals to your jawbone, preventing the jawbone recession that occurs after tooth loss.
- Provide Excellent Stability: Implant-supported dentures do not require adhesive or suction from your palate to stay in place. They fasten securely to your implants and will not slip or click during meals or when you speak.
Implant-supported dentures typically require a greater investment of time and money, but many patients find that the benefits are well worth the cost.
Prolonging the Life of Your Dentures
With the proper at-home care, dentures can last many years. While they will eventually need to be replaced due to normal wear and tear, as well as changes in your gums and supporting bone tissue, many dentures can last up to a decade. To get the most from traditional dentures, make sure you:
- Remove your dentures nightly
- Place your dentures in water or soaking solution overnight
- Rinse your dentures thoroughly before putting them back in
- Cover the sink with a towel for padding when rinsing your dentures in case they fall
If you have implant-supported dentures, you can care for them just as you would natural teeth. Brush twice and floss at least once each day, and make sure to attend six-month checkups with your dentist.
In the event that your dentures become damaged, do not attempt to repair them yourself. Contact our office and we will help you.
Book a Consultation
If you are suffering due to extensive tooth loss, our compassionate dentists have a solution for you. We offer financing options including CareCredit® and LendingClub® to help you afford the treatment you need. To find out more, call Sharp Smile Center at (269) 344-4004 or request a consultation online.
We would love to show you what a difference our world-class dentistry can make. Our friendly staff looks forward to hearing from you!
“Eight implants and many crowns later, I have a smile to be proud of. With the aid of sedation, we got a lot done in a short time. THANK YOU Dr. Sharp and staff for getting me through my dental problems.” Gene