Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures (also called Over Dentures) are one way for a patient who has lost or will lose all of their upper and/or lower teeth. An over denture is a denture that is supported and retained by dental implants. This is a significant improvement compared to regular dentures. An additional benefit is that the presence of dental implants keeps the jaw bone healthy which prevents the natural jaw bone loss that accompanies tooth loss. A minimum of four implants is required in the upper jaw and two or four implants can used in the lower jaw. The denture is connected to the dental implants via special attachments such as with Locator attachments or with a bar with clips.
A minimum of four implants are required in the upper jaw and two or four implants can used in the lower jaw. The denture is connected to the dental implants via special attachments such as with Locator attachments or with a bar with clips.
Flipper / Stay Plate
A flipper or stay plate is a temporary, removable appliance that serves as a way to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Flippers can usually be inserted at the time of tooth extraction and are worn while the patient is waiting for a more long-term restoration, such as dental implant and restoration, bridge, or partial denture.
A full arch denture is a removable tooth replacement option for those who need all their teeth replaced. They can be crafted to provide the characteristics (tooth shape and color) the patient desires. Advances have been made in the materials used for dentures and in the way they are designed. If you already have dentures (partial or full arch) you may be experiencing a loose fit or denture slipping. This can lead to gum sores, can affect your chewing and your speech and decrease your confidence when speaking and/or laughing with others. We can help restore your dentures to the correct fit.
Occasionally, it is difficult to adapt to full or partial dentures. At first they may feel loose, bulky and awkward while speaking. For a quicker adjustment period, follow these instructions:
- If you receive your new denture immediately after tooth removal, wear it all the time for the first week. This includes when you sleep.
- Do not use adhesive unless Clarke V. Filippi, DDS advises you to do so.
- After initial healing, you should remove your dentures when you go to sleep at night.
- After removing dentures, clean with a toothbrush and place in a bowl of water. They can be soaked in a commercial denture cleanser, but brushing them is essential.
- Any signs of "sore spots," discomfort, or looseness that is causing you difficulty should be brought to our attention.
Never adjust the dentures yourself. Every person and every mouth is different; therefore, adjustment periods will vary.
Please remember that it will take time for you to become completely comfortable with your new teeth.