Implant Supported Dentures Specialist

Tenino Denture Center

MaeNell Sullivan, DPD

Denturist located in Tenino, WA

Implant-supported dentures provide extra stability to keep your smile in place. MaeNell Sullivan, DPD, is a licensed denturist in practice at Tenino Denture Center in Tenino, Washington. Ms. Sullivan is well-known for her extensive skill in creating cosmetically appealing dentures that are also comfortable. She often recommends individuals seeking extra security for their smile to learn more about implant-supported dentures. Schedule a visit at Tenino Dental Center today for complete details. Call the office or book your appointment online.

Implant Supported Dentures Q & A

What are implant-supported dentures?

Conventional dentures rely on a snug fit and sometimes denture adhesive to remain in place in your mouth.

Implant-supported dentures are a type of “overdenture” that attach to small dental implants surgically secured into your jaw. The dentures are still removable, but the implants help keep your dentures in place throughout the day.


What are the benefits of implant-supported dentures?

Many people find implant-supported dentures a more comfortable option than conventional dentures because they don’t have to worry about their dentures slipping out of place as they’re eating or talking.

This type of denture is often described as feeling more like natural teeth and can greatly boost your self-confidence as you interact with others at work or home and during social events.


How do you care for implant-supported dentures?

Implant-supported dentures are very similar to conventional dentures in form and function. They must be removed daily for cleaning with a denture brush and stored in a moist environment while you sleep.

Periodic professional cleanings and examinations of your implant-supported dentures can contribute to their longevity, which is comparable to other denture types.


What is the implant process like?

Your dentist performs the minor surgical procedure that’s required to place dental implants and can provide complete details of what you should expect.

You can choose implant-supported dentures for the lower jaw and use conventional for the upper arch if you desire. Lower dentures typically move out of place much more frequently than upper dentures.

Otherwise, implants are usually placed at the front of your mouth because there is often more available bone there. The procedure is performed at your dentist’s office. Each denture usually requires 4-6 implants.

It may take five months or more for implants to become fully integrated with your jawbone. So, you’ll need conventional dentures during that time, but these can be retrofitted to attach to the implants once your implants are secure.

For more information about implant-supported dentures, schedule an appointment at Tenino Dental Center today by calling the office or booking your visit online.