Saying that it’s difficult to eat, speak, or smile when an entire row of teeth is missing is an understatement. You need to replace the arch with a denture if you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle and a confident grin. But instead of getting traditional dentures that might slip out of place, why not get new teeth that are anchored to dental implants? Call Cove Choice Dental today to schedule a consultation and see if implant dentures are the long-lasting tooth replacement solution that’s right for you.
Like traditional dentures, implant dentures are meant to mimic your natural teeth so that you can eat and speak normally again. The big difference is that they are supported by several dental implant posts that have been placed in specific areas of the jawbone. The addition of dental implants will let your dentures look, feel, and function more like your natural teeth. There are two types to choose from:
A fixed implant denture is made to stay in your mouth for 24 hours a day. Your dentist may remove it during your routine appointments, but otherwise, it will be a permanent fixture in your mouth. This type of denture requires more posts, so it’s usually only recommended for patients with high jawbone density.
Removable implant dentures can be easily taken out of your mouth so that you can brush the gums under them. The advantage of this type of denture is that fewer implants are required, so it may be a viable option even if you have low jawbone density.
We begin the implant denture process with a consultation. We’ll confirm that you’re a good candidate for the treatment and go over the steps we’ll need to take, including any preparatory procedures that are required before the appointment. On the day of the implant surgery, a specific number of posts will be inserted into key areas of the jaw. Protective caps will be attached to help preserve the shape of the gums during the healing process.
A process called osseointegration allows the implants to join with the bone and gum tissue. Abutments will be attached to the posts after the mouth has healed, and the denture will be designed based on an impression of your mouth. We’ll attach said denture during one final appointment after making any last-minute adjustments.
You may be a candidate for implant dentures if you:
In many ways, implant dentures are more convenient than traditional dentures because they can be left in your mouth at all times. Fixed dentures can even be brushed as if they were your natural teeth. You won’t have to worry about your dentures slipping at inopportune moments, and you’ll be able to enjoy all of your favorite foods thanks to the chewing power the posts provide. And of course, implants have several health advantages, such as stimulating the jaw to stop the bone from resorbing.