How Long Does It Take to Adjust to Implant-supported Dentures? By Joe McIntyre, DDS on August 14, 2020

implant-supported denturesDentures provide many benefits beyond improved dental function. They can rejuvenate the appearance, help you speak more clearly, and even boost confidence. 

At Smiles for Life Dental Care in Bridgewater and Staunton, we offer several denture options including implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures are a popular choice for many of our patients since they provide the most secure and natural feeling option for denture wearers. 

Before experiencing the full benefit of implant-supported dentures, some adjustment time may be needed. Today, we'll consider how long it takes to adjust to implant-supported dentures for our patients in Harrisonburg, VA and surrounding areas. 

Adjusting to Implant-supported Dentures

The amount of time it takes to adjust to implant-supported dentures is unique to each patient. Some people adjust fairly quickly, while others may take longer. 

Those who have suffered from tooth loss for a prolonged period of time without dentures may expect a longer adjustment period than those who have recently lost their teeth, but this is not always the case. 

Although individual experiences may vary, patients can expect to need some time for adjustment. 

Adjustment During Recovery 

Implant-supported dentures secure within the mouth by attaching to several dental implants, which are surgically placed through the gums and into the jawbone. After dental implants are placed, it generally takes four to six months for the bone to fully heal and bond with the implant. 

If All-on-4® implants are used, our Harrisonburg area patients can receive immediate-load implant-supported dentures. This means they will be able to enjoy their new implant-supported dentures the same day they were placed. 

Those who receive traditional implants for their dentures will need to wait until they are sufficiently healed before they can wear their implant-supported dentures. Again, this can take up to six months. 

Eating with Implant-supported Dentures

When All-on-4 implant-supported dentures are placed, patients can begin to eat with their dentures the same day as they received their restoration. However, they should stick to soft foods and limit chewing while they heal, which can take several months. By the time All-on-4 patients are healed, they have usually acclimated to eating with dentures so eating crunchy or chewy foods is generally not a big adjustment. 

Patients with standard implant-supported dentures can begin eating their favorite foods once their denture restoration is attached, which will be about four to six months after the implants are placed. Becoming accustomed to eating with dentures that stay in place while chewing may take a few meals, but most patients adjust quickly. 

Adjusting to Speaking with Implant-supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures secure firmly in place, unlike traditional removable dentures that may slip around in the mouth. Because of the secure fit, many patients require no time to adjust to implant-supported dentures when it comes to speaking. 

Implant-supported dentures can actually help patients who suffer from tooth loss speak more clearly and with the confidence of knowing their dentures are firmly in place.  

Contact Smiles for Life Dental Care

For more information about implant-supported dentures or for answers to your questions, call our Harrisonburg office at (540) 828-2312 or send a message to schedule a consultation at Smiles for Life Dental Care. 

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The team of highly trained doctors at Smiles for Life wants to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime. Because we want every patient to have access to the advanced treatments offered at our practice, we accept many insurance and financing options, including: 

  • Medicare 
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To get started, call our Bridgewater office at (540) 828-2312 or request an appointment online.

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