Step Up Your Smile Game
If you’re ready to improve the appearance and function of your smile, Dr. Aquino at White Oak Dental & Orthodontics in Avenel offers implant-supported dentures for a secure and long-lasting solution to tooth loss.
What Are Dental Implant-Supported Dentures?
Like traditional dentures, implant dentures replace your missing teeth — but with one key difference.
Instead of resting directly on your gums, these innovative dentures attach to a series of dental implants surgically placed in your mouth.
The result? A rock-solid, long-lasting solution that lets you eat, speak, and smile with total confidence.
How Dental Implants Work
At your first visit, Dr. Aquino will conduct a thorough exam to see if dental implants fit your needs and goals. If you’re eligible, he'll map out your personalized treatment plan. If necessary, Dr. Aquino will recommend postponing the procedure until any necessary prep work — such as reinforcing your bone structure — has been completed.
During the surgical phase, Dr. Aquino will make minor cuts in your gums to make room for the implants. He’ll then securely place these implants and stitch up your gums to begin the healing process.
Once your implants have set and bonded with your existing bone structure, you’ll return to our Avenel office so that Dr. Aquino can place your custom dentures to your implant posts.
Your Implant Denture Options
When it comes to implant dentures, Dr. Aquino offers two tailored options:
Fixed/Permanent Implant Dentures
- Stays in place: Only a dentist can remove these permanent implant dentures.
- Requires more implants: Fixed implant dentures are typically used for several missing teeth and require four to six implants for necessary stability.
- Works best with stronger bone structure: Because of the additional implant posts needed, this option is ideal for patients with higher bone density.
Removable Implant Dentures
- Removes for easier cleaning: You can take these dentures out to make your dental hygiene routine easier.
- Requires fewer implants: Removable implant dentures work best with fewer missing teeth, so they typically only need between two and five implants.
- Works with a range of jawbone structures: For patients with less bone density, removable implant dentures are a better fit.
Each type has its perks, so you can choose what suits your lifestyle best.
Who Is a Candidate for Implant Dentures?
Are implant-retained dentures your ticket to a better smile? Keep these guidelines in mind before your consultation at White Oak Dental and Orthodontics:
- Get a health check: Ensure your primary care physician gives you the green light for minor surgery.
- Tackle dental issues: You’ll need to sort out any existing tooth decay or gum issues before moving forward with oral surgery.
- Be ready for the long haul: Implant dentures last longer than regular dentures, but the process can take several months to complete.
- Commit to dental care: A solid oral hygiene routine is non-negotiable for lasting success.
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Implant Dentures
When you opt for implant-supported dentures at White Oak Dental & Orthodontics in Avenel, you're setting yourself up to enjoy many advantages beyond traditional dentures.
Here's what you can look forward to:
Implants help preserve your jawbone and maintain its shape.
Reduced Facial Sagging
Lower your risk of hollow cheeks and other issues tied to tooth loss.
Eating What You Love
Enjoy a broader diet and a stronger bite.
Your implant dentures are durable and built to last.
You won’t need to worry about the appearance of your mouth and jaw with your new secure, natural-looking smile.
Caring for Your Implanted Dentures
Taking proper care of your dentures is important to maintaining good oral health and ensuring that your implants and dentures last a lifetime.
Just like your natural teeth, you need to clean your dentures daily:
- Brush your implant dentures twice a day with non-abrasive toothpaste specifically for dentures.
- Use short, back-and-forth strokes to gently brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of your dentures.
- Remember to also lightly brush the pink, acrylic portions of your dentures that you can easily reach.
- Floss daily between your dentures just as you would regular teeth.
Periodically, your dentist will also need to replace the screws connecting your dentures to your implants so that your implants function fully and your gum tissue remains healthy.
Caring for your dentures is important to eliminate and prevent plaque buildup that can inflame your gums and damage the implants.
Implant dentures are designed to leave a small space between the denture and the gum tissue so you can more easily eliminate food particles, plaque, and harmful bacteria without having to remove your dentures.
To clean this space, you can either:
- Thread super floss through the space and work the floss back and forth along your gum line
- Use an interdental brush — or an electric water or air flosser — to remove buildup along your gums
Your dentist will work with you to schedule regular visits so that they can professionally remove and clean your dentures.