Implant Supported Dentures
As anyone who's lost a single tooth, or several teeth, can tell you, missing teeth can be frustrating. Not only do they make it hard to eat or speak properly, but they can also make you feel self-conscious about your smile. If you're looking for a tooth replacement option that will restore both the function and appearance of your smile, implant supported dentures may be the right choice for you. It has become a favorite for our patients at Dynamic Dental Care.
We are specialists in dental implant procedures, and ready to help you with this more durable solution to conventional dentures. One of the problems with conventional full dentures for patients who have lost all of their teeth is that they are not very secure. This can be problematic for normal activities, such as smiling and talking, but especially when eating. Dentures are prone to moving and slipping, which may cause embarrassment and force wearers to change their diet. Implant supported dentures, on the other hand, provide secure positioning.
Before you can receive your dental implants, our dentist will collect x-rays and a dental impression of your mouth. These help in the manufacturing of your denture. X-rays can also provide vital information about the condition of your jaw. For instance, if you do not have enough bone density or height for dental implants, then we will need to prepare the jawbone. We can do this with sinus augmentation which lifts the sinus and provides additional bone for your top jaw. We can also complete a ridge modification which is a bone graft that stimulates bone tissue regrowth.
On the day of implant surgery, our dentist will provide anesthesia. Once it has taken effect, they will make a small opening in the gum and bone so that the implant has a space. We can use several different dental instruments for this process. Our dentist will then place your new dental implant in the hole and close the gum incision. Over the next few months, your dental implants will connect to the bone tissue to replace lost tooth roots.
The final step in the process is placing the denture. Removable dentures will attach to the implants utilizing clips, which is why they are referred to as implant supported dentures. Fixed dentures, on the other hand, are permanently affixed to the implants with a dental cement. This dental cement will harden once it is cured and hold the denture in place.
Are There Any Disadvantages to Using Implant-Supported Dentures?
There are some downsides associated with using implant-supported dentures. First off, this treatment option is usually significantly more expensive than other forms of tooth replacement, such as traditional dentures or dental implants. Additionally, implant-supported dentures require a certain level of oral health to be effective. If you have significant bone loss in your jawbone, you may not be a good candidate for implant-supported dentures.
Fixed dentures can be treated like natural teeth, and this includes oral hygiene. Brush them twice daily and floss them at least once a day. We recommend eating soft, non-sticky foods while you heal after these procedures. Removable dentures can be washed each day using soap and warm water. They should be stored in warm water or a cleaning solution when you are not wearing them.
Contact Us to Learn More About Implant Supported Dentures
For more information about implant-supported dentures, call Dynamic Dental Care at (509) 466-2587.