Advanced tooth loss is a serious problem that affects millions of Americans. 35 million are even missing all of their teeth. You might have considered getting traditional dentures to replace your pearly whites, but they eventually lose their fit and start slipping around when you try to speak or chew. Fortunately, we can secure your dentures onto dental implants to give them a sturdier fit that lasts for decades to come. Your implant dentist, Dr. Gabriel Nossa, can place just a few implants onto which your new teeth can be secured. Keep reading below to learn more, or just give us a call.
Traditional dentures are made by capturing impressions of your mouth to create a gum-colored acrylic base. This base then attaches to your gums with a combination of natural suction and denture adhesive if necessary. While modern dental technology has advanced to the point that today’s dentures look and feel fairly natural, they still don’t come close to the level of sturdiness provided by dental implants.
Dr. Nossa can place, on average, four to six implants at different angles throughout your jaw to provide the most possible support for a full or partial denture. Implants are titanium posts that replace your tooth roots, unlike traditional dentures, which only replicate the crowns of your lost teeth. Because of this, implant-retained dentures prevent jawbone deterioration that comes with advanced tooth loss.
If conventional dentures did not give you the teeth you wanted, you may be a candidate for implant-retained dentures. In general, if you are in good oral and overall health, you should be able to have dental implants placed. However, you will need to schedule a consultation with us to determine if they are right for you. In addition to a visual examination, we’ll need to take detailed x-rays to see whether your jawbone is strong enough to support implants. If not, we may need to perform a bone graft first to strengthen the bone.
Using the images from your consultation, we can place the implants in the precise location where they will provide the most support for your denture. Before undergoing this minor surgery, we’ll use plenty of local anesthetic and possibly sedation to ensure you don’t feel a thing. In some cases, we can fit you with a temporary denture so that you won’t have to go without teeth during the healing process. If not, you’ll have to wait a few months while the implants fully integrate with your jawbone. When that process is complete, we’ll place your full or partial denture, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of a full smile once again.
By securing your denture onto dental implants, you can reap several benefits, including: