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Implant Supported Dentures

Implant Supported Dentures Alexandria VA

Happy & Healthy

Implant Supported Dentures

Implant Supported Dentures Alexandria VA

Implant Supported Dentures

in Alexandria, VA

An implant-supported denture is a denture restoration that is attached to and secured by surgically placed implants. A traditional denture sits on your gums and is held in place with dental adhesive. An implant-supported denture can be placed if you are missing all the teeth in an arch but have enough jawbone density to support the implants. An implant-supported denture has special clips that snap onto attachments on the implants.

The entire team at INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA shares an office goal. With over three decades of experience, we pride ourselves in being old school when it comes to respecting you and your family and giving you the treatment that we would wish to receive ourselves. Every single patient receives the quality care they deserve. This is the way to earn your trust and satisfaction. Our team is focused on our collaborative efforts to promote oral health by practicing prevention, wellness, enhancement, and renewing rejuvenation. Visit us at 4660 Kenmore Ave., #320, Alexandria, VA 22304 or give us a call today at 703-751-7600 to schedule your appointment to see if you might benefit from implant supported dentures. 

You can have an implant-supported denture placed in either the upper or lower jaw. You should still remove your implant-supported denture daily to both clean the denture and the gums beneath. As with traditional dentures, you should not sleep with the implant-supported dentures. You might prefer to have permanent crown and bridgework that cannot be removed. INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA will consider your needs and preferences when we review your options with you.

Several Benefits That You Can Expect

Your implant-supported denture will be far more stable than a regular denture. The titanium post secured in your jawbone acts a natural root. It will not only deliver pressure sensations for when you bite and chew, but it will also deliver hot and cold sensations. You will find it easier to speak and you will not have to worry about the denture becoming loose.

How Implant Supported Dentures Actually Work

There are two versions of implant-supported dentures: bar-retained and ball-retained. With both types, the denture will be made of an acrylic base that will match your natural gums. Porcelain or acrylic crowns that look like your natural teeth are then attached to the base. Both types of dentures need at least two implants for proper support.

  • Bar-retained dentures — A thin metal bar following the curve of your arch is attached to two to five implants that have been placed in your jawbone. Clips are fitted to the denture, the bar, or both. The denture fits over the bar and is securely clipped into place by the attachments.
  • Ball-retained dentures — Each implant has a metal attachment that is ball shaped. These ball shaped attachments snap into a nylon socket on the backside of the denture.


Even with the best of diligence to maintain your oral health things don’t go as planned. Once in a while, and you might find that your teeth need to be restored or replaced. Missing, cracked, damaged, or even decayed teeth will dull your smile. Did you know it can also affect your oral health? At Inspire Dental of Alexandria we offer restorative dentistry to ensure that your teeth and oral health are back to their former state.


It is important to feel confident in your smile, because being confident in your smile means being confident in yourself. Despite this, many people walk around every day, resigned to the fact that their smile is what it is and there is really nothing they can do to change it. But what if that was not the case? What if improving the aesthetic appearance and/or functionality of your smile was easier than you thought?


Almost 50 million Americans experience tooth-loss every year. Dental bridges have traditionally been the best option if you are in this situation. However, there have been continual technological advancements regarding different types of dental implants. Dental implants are becoming both a common and popular procedure to restore a missing tooth or teeth.

The Procedure for Implant Supported Dentures

During your initial exam, INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA will review your medical and dental histories, take X-rays, and create impressions of your teeth and gums from which models will be made. We might include a computed tomography (CT) scan of your mouth as well. This will show us more detail regarding your sinuses, located above your upper teeth, and nerves. It allows us to confirm they will not be affected by the implant placement. A CT scan could also be done to determine the jawbone density and to pinpoint the precise locations for the implants. If you are not already wearing dentures to replace your missing teeth, we will make you one. You will use this temporary denture until the implant-supported denture is finished.

It should take about four appointments for completion. By making this temporary denture, we can also determine the best position for the artificial crowns in your final denture. When the temporary denture is finished, we will use a copy of it as a guide to help direct the implants in their correct positions.

Next, we will administer a local anesthetic to numb the immediate area. Then we will make a small incision and proceed to surgically place the titanium post into your jawbone. We will close the site with sutures.

INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA will usually wait several months allowing your jawbone and the implants to integrate or attach, fuse, and grow together.

Once the implants have become fused with the bone, the second small surgery will be scheduled. This surgery is even simpler than the first. Another small incision is made in your gum to expose the tops of the implants. We need to attach an abutment or extension to the titanium post to reach the surface of your gumline. There is minimal soft tissue healing and then we will make an impression of your gums and the abutments. This is the final roadmap for the denture framework precise locations of the attaching mechanism.

At this point, if a bar-retained denture has been chosen, then the metal bar is placed on the abutments. You will have the first try-in of your new denture framework to see if it fits properly.

With the final denture now fabricated, we have some small adjustments for either a bar-retained or a ball-retained final implant supported denture. When completed, we can proceed to your final fitting and finish you implant supported dentures to restore your healthy smile.


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My family has been seeing Dr. White through more than a decade of teeth cleanings, tooth injuries, teeth grinding, cavities, caps, root canal... you name it. The office is 30 minutes away but we wouldn't consider another dentist office. It's not just that Dr. White is a great professional, it's that he and his family run a great office. Scheduling, insurance, hygienists, hours -- everything about interacting with them is first rate.Everybody is knowledgeable, thorough, and kind. They take major insurance, and have even given me advice on which options to select. ...and Dr. White is a big Nats fan, which is a bonus in my book any day.


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Aftercare of Your Implant Supported Denture

INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA will advise you to remove the denture at night for proper cleaning. We also want you to carefully clean around the attachments.

We will test the parts of your new denture to make sure they are all secure. Even though your new denture is stable, it could still move slightly when you chew. This slight movement can cause rubbing and sore spots. We will check your gums and will check your bite alignment, after the insertion of the denture.

The clips or other attachments on your dentures usually need to be replaced once or twice a year. They are made of a plastic material (nylon) and will wear with use.

Our Mission Statement is to Open Doors with a Smile

At INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA, our mission statement is quite simple. We approach every patient with attentive, gentle grace and patience. We understand the concept that we each are unique, and we all have our personal therapy plans. No matter the age, we will treat each patient only as we wish to be treated. By integrating cutting-edge technology with solid tradition, we attempt every day to exceed your expectations. Visit us at 4660 Kenmore Ave., #320, Alexandria, VA 22304 or give us a call today at 703-751-7600 to schedule your appointment for an evaluation to see if you might benefit from implant supported dentures.  High quality, comfortable, relaxing environment, and plenty of smiles is what you will encounter at INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA.


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