Gentle Dental of Center City
201 South 13th Street, 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Outline of the Implant-Supported Dentures Process


Implant-supported dentures attach firmly to permanent fixtures in your jaw. If you’re having some crafted, you will soon be enjoying freedom from the annoying problems faced by traditional-denture wearers. Because it requires surgery to place implants directly into your bone, the process involves several phases and takes at least five months. The following explanation of the steps involved can help give you a general idea of what to expect.

Your Initial Exam

At your initial exam, you will see a prosthodontist or a dentist experienced in implant placement. Impressions and x-rays are taken so that models can be created. Some dentists also order a CT scan to locate your sinus cavities and nerves, and determine how much bone is available. Over the next few visits, a temporary denture will be made for you.

Your Implant Surgery

Your first surgery involves placing the implants into your jaw. After making a small incision, your dentist will drill a hole in the exposed bone, place an implant, and close the incision with stitches. The process is repeated for each implant. You’ll be required to wait three to six months before you can have the second surgery; this time allows the implants to fuse firmly to the bone.

Your Second Surgery

The second surgery exposes the tops of your implants. Once exposed, a healing cap or collar is placed on each head to help guide healing. You’ll need to wear the collar for 10 to 14 days. Next, healing caps are replaced with regular abutments. Your dentist will make another impression to help create your denture framework and artificial teeth.

Your Final Step: Insertion

Finally, a metal bar is placed on the abutments, and you will try on your denture framework and artificial teeth. If everything fits, your new implant-supported dentures are permanently secured in place, and bar or ball attachments are added to keep the frame fastened to your implants. Be sure to keep your follow-up appointments, so your dentist can check for any developing problems and correct them.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Center City Philadelphia, call Gentle Dental of Center City today at (215) 941-5634 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Center City Philadelphia. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Center City, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Center City.

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