About Implant Dentures
For patients in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Calabasas, and Woodland Hills who have lost most or all of their teeth, dentures can help restore your smile. While conventional, removable dentures can be a good choice for some people, implant-supported dentures enhance the stability of the restoration, maintain the structure of the face, and allow you to eat and speak comfortably. Implant-supported dentures are attached to implant posts that are placed in the gums, and then the denture appliance snaps onto the top of the posts. Cosmetic and general dentist Dr. Susan Fredericks offers restorations using a variety of materials and brands to fit each patient’s needs with custom implant-supported dentures. If you are interested in these dentures and would like more information, please contact Dr. Fredericks in Woodland Hills, CA to schedule a one-on-one consultation at Southern Cal Smiles.
What to Expect
To ensure your implant dentures fit securely and naturally, Dr. Fredericks will use digital x-rays, CT scans, and/or physical impressions of your mouth that will be sent to a dental laboratory. While you are under general or local anesthesia, Dr. Fredericks will surgically implant the anchors in the upper and/or lower jawbone. You will be given temporary dentures to wear as your permanent dentures are being made and your anchors integrate into the bone. Once the implants are secure, Dr. Fredericks will attach the permanent dentures to the implants and adjust them for a comfortable fit.
Once the permanent dentures are in place, you will have checkups over the next few weeks and months to perfect their fit. Implant-supported dentures should be cared for with daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash — just like natural teeth. You should continue to visit and schedule professional cleanings and dental exams at Southern Cal Smiles as recommended by Dr. Fredericks. With proper care, implant dentures can last 5 – 10 years.
Depending on your dental insurance carrier and specific policy, some of the cost of implant dentures may be covered. Our office will work with your insurance company to determine your coverage and maximize your benefits before determining your costs. Southern Cal Smiles accepts several payment options and we offer financing plans to make your dental care affordable.