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Unveiling Implant-Supported Dentures: A New Dawn for Your Smile

Are you looking for a denture solution that feels as secure as natural teeth, allowing you to indulge in the pleasures of eating, speaking, and smiling without hesitation? Implant-supported dentures might be the answer you’ve been searching for. Explore the ins and outs of implant-supported dentures with Advanced Dentistry Ameredes & Associates, led by Dr. TJ Ameredes

Learn how implant-supported dentures can redefine your dental experience by dialing our Oakdale, PA at 412-788-6300. The Seven Fields office can be reached at 724-776-4560

What are Implant-Supported Dentures?

Implant-supported dentures, also known as fixed dentures and implant-retained dentures, are an advancement in restorative dentistry, combining the stability of dental implants with the convenience of dentures. These dentures are securely anchored to dental implants surgically placed in the jawbone, providing a reliable and natural-feeling solution for individuals dealing with partial or complete tooth loss.

Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-retained dentures have become the go-to alternative for those seeking smile restoration, especially if they’re already struggling with dentures. Some of the many benefits of implant-supported dentures include the following:  

  • Enhanced Stability: Unlike traditional dentures that may shift or slip, implant-retained dentures are firmly anchored to dental implants, offering unparalleled stability and reducing the risk of discomfort or embarrassment.
  • Improved Chewing Function: With the strength and stability of dental implants, implant-retained dentures restore a significant portion of your natural biting force, allowing you to enjoy a diverse and satisfying diet without restrictions.
  • Preservation of Jawbone Health: The integration of dental implants into the jawbone helps prevent bone loss, preserving the natural contours of the face and supporting long-term oral health.
  • Increased Confidence: Implant-supported dentures eliminate concerns about denture movement, boosting confidence in social situations, conversations, and even during activities like laughing or sneezing.
  • Longevity and Durability: When properly cared for, the implants used for implant-supported dentures can last for many years, providing a durable and reliable solution for those seeking a lasting investment in their oral health.

Types of Implant-Supported Dentures

There are a variety of implant-retained dentures, some of which can be removed at home, and some of which can only be removed by one of your Seven Fields or Oakdale dentists. Here are four of the most common types of fixed dentures:

Screw-Retained Implant-Supported Dentures

For screw-retained implant-supported dentures, the denture is securely attached to the implants through screws. The prosthetic is fixed in place, providing stability and preventing any movement. This method allows for easy removal by a dental professional for maintenance or adjustments.

Cement-Retained Implant-Supported Dentures

Cement-retained dentures involve fixing the prosthetic to the implants using dental cement. The denture is secured permanently in place, offering stability and a natural appearance. Unlike screw-retained dentures, these fixed dentures are typically not removable by the patient and require professional intervention for adjustments.

Ball-Retained (Locator Attachment) Implant-Supported Dentures

Ball-retained dentures utilize a ball and socket mechanism for attachment. The implants have ball-shaped attachments, and the denture has corresponding sockets. This allows for a secure fit while still providing some flexibility. The system allows for easy removal by the patient for cleaning and maintenance.  

Bar-Retained Implant-Supported Dentures

Bar-retained dentures involve a metal bar that follows the curve of the jawbone and is attached to the implants. The denture has clips or attachments that affix to the bar, providing stability and support. This design evenly distributes forces, reducing stress on individual implants and offering enhanced durability. Bar-retained dentures can be removed at home for easier cleaning. 

Who Qualifies for Implant-Supported Dentures?

Sufficient Jawbone Density

Ideal candidates should have adequate jawbone density to support the dental implants. The jawbone serves as the foundation for the implants, ensuring stability and long-term success. However, if the patient does lack bone volume in their jaw, a bone grafting procedure can help restore it. 

Good Oral Health

Individuals with good overall oral health are better candidates for implant-retained dentures. This includes healthy gums, the absence of active gum disease, and a generally well-maintained oral environment.

Stable General Health

General health plays a role in determining candidacy. Candidates should be in good overall health to undergo the surgical procedure and healing process associated with implant placement.

Non-Smokers or Willing to Quit

Smoking can negatively impact the success of dental implants. Ideal candidates are non-smokers or willing to quit smoking to enhance the chances of successful integration of the implants.

Commitment to Oral Hygiene

Candidates must be committed to maintaining excellent oral hygiene. Regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups are crucial for the long-term success of implant-supported dentures.

Realistic Expectations

Having realistic expectations is essential. Candidates should understand the benefits and limitations of implant-supported dentures and have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of the procedure.

Absence of Uncontrolled Health Conditions

Certain uncontrolled health conditions, such as unmanaged diabetes or autoimmune disorders, may affect the success of dental implant procedures. Candidates should have these conditions under control for optimal outcomes.

Why Choose Advanced Dentistry Ameredes & Associates?

Dr. TJ Ameredes is a board-certified implantologist with more than 15 years in practice. He and his associate, Dr. David Mascio, have over 38 years of combined experience and are here to help you regain a healthy, confident life with fixed dentures in Seven Fields and Oakdale, PA!

The Implant-Supported Denture Process


Before you’re approved for implant-supported dentures, you’ll have an initial consultation. During the initial consultation, Dr. Ameredes or one of our other talented implant dentists will evaluate your oral health, discuss your specific needs and goals, and determine if fixed dentures are the right solution for you. This is an opportune time for you to ask questions and address any concerns.


Following the consultation, a personalized treatment plan is crafted, including the design of your implant-supported dentures. This involves creating a customized plan for the placement of dental implants and designing dentures that complement your natural smile.


The next step involves preparing your mouth for the dental implant surgery. This may include tooth extractions, if necessary, and any additional procedures to ensure the optimal foundation for implant-supported dentures.

Dental Implant Placement

The dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone. Over time, usually a period of three to eight months, these implants fuse with the bone, creating a stable and reliable anchor for the dentures. This process, known as osseointegration, is crucial for the success of implant-supported dentures.

Restoration Placement

Once the implants have fully integrated with the jawbone, the custom-designed dentures are securely attached to the implants. Your implant dentist will ensure a precise fit, optimal function, and a natural-looking appearance, completing the implant-supported denture process.

Implant-Supported Denture Aftercare

  • Oral Hygiene: Maintain excellent oral hygiene by brushing your teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Use a fluoride toothpaste to promote enamel strength and prevent decay. Floss daily to remove plaque and debris from between the teeth and around the implant-supported dentures.
  • Avoid Hard Foods: Refrain from chewing on hard or sticky foods that may exert excessive pressure on the implant-retained dentures. Opt for a diet that is gentle on the restorations, such as soft or cooked foods initially.
  • Regular Dental Check-ups: Schedule and attend regular dental check-ups at Advanced Dentistry Ameredes & Associates. Routine examinations are essential to monitor the condition of the fixed dentures and address any concerns promptly.
  • Use a Mouthguard for Grinding: If you have a habit of teeth grinding or clenching, consider using a custom-made mouthguard. This will protect your implant-supported dentures from unnecessary stress and potential damage caused by bruxism.
  • Avoid Tobacco Products: Refrain from using tobacco products, as they can stain the implant-supported dentures and negatively impact your overall oral health. Smoking or using tobacco can also increase the risk of complications with the implants.
  • Maintain Adequate Hydration: Drink plenty of water to support overall oral health and prevent dry mouth, which can contribute to dental issues. Adequate hydration promotes the health of both natural teeth and implant-supported dentures.
  • Address Discomfort Promptly: If you experience any discomfort, sensitivity, or notice changes in the fit of the implant-supported dentures, contact Advanced Dentistry Ameredes & Associates promptly for evaluation and adjustments.
  • Professional Cleaning: While the implant-supported dentures themselves cannot decay, maintaining regular dental cleanings is crucial. Professional cleanings ensure the health of the gums and surrounding tissues, contributing to the longevity of the implant-supported dentures.

Frequently Asked Questions

While the initial cost may be higher, implant-supported dentures offer long-term benefits, making them a cost-effective solution. The investment in stability and oral health often outweighs the potential drawbacks of traditional dentures. 

It’s strongly recommended that patients ask their insurance providers which costs they can help cover. They should also ask their implant dentist if they have any financing options that can help with costs.  

The timeline varies, but it typically involves several months. Consultation, implant placement, osseointegration, and restoration placement collectively contribute to the process duration. Your implant dentist will give you a more accurate estimate of the timeframe during your initial consultation. 

The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, minimizing discomfort. Recovery varies, but most patients can resume normal activities within a few days.

Age alone is not a restriction. As long as an individual is in good overall health and has adequate jawbone density, they can be considered for implant-supported dentures.

Elevate Your Smile with Implant-Supported Dentures

As you embark on the journey to rediscover the joy of a confident and functional smile, Advanced Dentistry Ameredes & Associates invites you to explore the possibilities of implant-supported dentures. 

Embrace the benefits of implant-retained dentures by scheduling an appointment. Call our Oakdale, PA office at 412-788-6300. The Seven Fields office can be reached at 724-776-4560. We also serve surrounding areas such as Cranberry, Bridgeville, and Canonsburg, PA. 

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