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Implant Dentures — Sunnyvale, CA

Helping Dentures Feel More Natural Than Ever

Smiling woman with dentures

Being completely edentulous (without any teeth) is quite common. In fact, nearly 40 million Americans have lost all of their teeth. Many people feel devastated by their situation, especially at first, and dentures are a welcome solution that allows them to eat, speak, and smile comfortably. But dentures aren't without drawbacks. Over time, they often become loose and ill-fitting, which can really impact your everyday activities like socializing or enjoying a meal. Fortunately, Dr. Michael Piccione offers implant dentures in Sunnyvale to dramatically improve the fit and function of your denture and help it feel more like your own teeth. If you'd like to know how implants can improve your dentures, contact us anytime to schedule a consultation!

What Are Implant Dentures?

Diagram of an implant denture in Sunnyvale

Implant dentures are very similar to traditional dentures, but are securely held in place with dental implants rather than suction and adhesive. In most cases, just 2-8 implants are needed to support an entire upper or lower denture. In addition to keeping your denture firmly in place, implants mimic the function of natural tooth roots and preserve your jawbone density over time. Depending on your unique situation and preferences, we may recommend one of the following types of implant dentures:

Fixed/Permanent Implant Dentures

A fixed implant denture is designed to stay in place all the time, only to be removed by your dentist for cleaning when you visit for regular checkups. This means you can eat, sleep, and go about your daily life without worrying about your dentures at all! While this option offers the most stability, it requires more jawbone density than a removable implant denture.

Removable Implant Dentures

Sometimes called “snap-on dentures,” a removable implant denture can be snapped onto and off of a set of dental implants. You’ll be able to remove this type of implant denture when needed, such as for cleaning, but will still enjoy all the benefits of a new smile that’s anchored securely into the jawbone. While this type of implant denture requires a bit more maintenance than a permanent implant denture, it often requires less jawbone density.

The Implant Denture Procedure

Man smiles after getting implant dentures in Sunnyvale

Getting an implant denture is done in phases spread out over several months. Here's what you can expect:

  • Some patients need to have preliminary procedures beforehand such as gum disease treatment, tooth extractions or bone grafts. If so, these will be done first and will require some extra time for healing and recovery.
  • Then you'll have a small, in-office surgery done by a specialist to have 2-8 dental implants placed into your jaw.
  • The next step won't happen for several months, which gives the implants time to fuse with the surrounding jawbone. During this period of time, you'll wear a temporary denture.
  • Lastly, you'll come back for another appointment to get your permanent denture. After we make sure everything looks and feels great, we'll give you detailed instructions for how to put it in and maintain it.

Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentures?

Closeup of Sunnyvale implant dentist holding an implant denture

The first step to getting an implant denture is scheduling a consultation with Dr. Piccione who will closely evaluate your needs before making a recommendation. Here are some of the factors he'll be looking at to see if you’re a good candidate for implant dentures:

  • Medical and dental history
  • Your jawbone density
  • Whether you use tobacco (smoking lowers the long-term chances of implant success)
  • Your gum health
  • Your oral hygiene habits

Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants

Couple with implant dentures in Sunnyvale smiling outside

By combining dental implants in Sunnyvale with dentures, you'll get the best of both worlds. Here are just some of the benefits you can expect:

  • A stronger, more secure denture that won't move or shift. This gives you a lot more chewing power and allows you to eat hard or crunchy foods much more easily.
  • Your dentures will continue fitting well for a longer period of time and won't need costly adjustments as often.
  • Your jawbone will be preserved.
  • The need for dental adhesive will be greatly reduced or eliminated.