Get the 411 on Dental Implant Supported Dentures from Carolina’s Dental Choice in Monroe!
So you are ready to eat and speak with confidence? Dentures may be the solution that can bring back your smile. For those of you who may not already be familiar with dentures, they are loosely defined as removable teeth replacements that are custom fit to your mouth.
- Dentures are convenient.
- Getting dentures is usually a very quick process.
- With the help of Medicare dentures are low cost.
- If the fitting is implemented by a reputable dentist, they are custom fit to the patient’s mouth and make for a snug fit.
- Unlike the dentures of the past, most dentures do not interfere with speaking or eating in comfort.
- Dentures also help support facial muscles that would normally sag without support.
- Some people find the removal of dentures to be a tedious task.
- Believe it or not, just like we lose our keys occasionally, we also lose our dentures!
- Cleaning dentures is not always an easy task and cleaning solutions are costly.
- Bottom line, dentures are tried and true products that can help improve your confidence with a great smile.
Can everyone wear dentures?
Normal and basic dentures rest on the gums but if you do not have enough teeth in the jaw you might want to consider another option like Dental Implants.
With dental implants, dentures have a special place to attach by snapping onto the implant. This helps to make the denture accommodates your mouth and creates a more comfortable feel. The implant- supported denture is much like a normal denture and still must be removed at night and cleaned routinely. If having a removable mouth fixture seems like too much then fixed options are available. You can speak with Dr. Brown at Carolina’s Dental Choice for other options like dental bridges or dental crowns.
Types of dentures with implants
There are two forms of dental implant dentures, bar-retained and ball-retained.
With either form the denture will need at least two implants to support the appliance. The dentures will be made as normal with an acrylic base that resembles the gums and porcelain or acrylic teeth that will appear almost like natural teeth.
The bar-retained dentures utilizes a thin metal bar to wrap around the jaw and attached to the implants. Here, clips or some form of attaching method is installed to attach to the bar so the denture can securely fit to the implants.
With the ball-retained dentures every implant holds a metal attachment for the attachment on the denture to fit into. The implants usually contain ball-shaped attachments for the socket-shaped dentures to fit into.
Both forms of implant-supported dentures are highly effective and easy to use. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Brown (704-289-9519) to find out which method would work best for you in consideration with the shape and form of your jaw.
Procedure for getting dental implants with dentures attached.
Once you lose teeth, it begins to wear away the bone in the jaw. For this reason the implants are placed at the front of the jaw because this area contains the most structure and the least amount of nerves.This procedure is usually very timely. With multiple surgeries, implants, and the placement of dentures
normally takes around five to seven months. This procedure usually requires two surgeries. The first surgery is to insert the implants in the jaw under the gums. After about three to six months, the second surgery takes place to expose the implants.
4 Steps to a Successful Treatment:
- Meet with Dr. Brown for a Consultation
Meeting with Dr. Brown for an initial consultation offers an opportunity to discuss your options for Implants and Dentures. This information will help you become familiar with the different procedures. Together, you and Dr. Brown can decided which option best fits your needs. Along with discussing the procedure, your dental history will be reviewed, x-rays will be taken, and impressions of your teeth and gums will be made.
- First Procedure
In the first surgery, the implants will be placed into the jawbone. This is done by creating an incision in the gum and inserting the implant. A small hole is drilled in to the bone for the implant to attach and then is stitched up. After the implants are secured it is important to allow your jaw to heal. The dentist will wait three to six month to schedule to next step.
- Second Procedure
Next the dentist will take x-rays, to ensure the implants have fused with the jawbone. If all is well, the second surgery will proceed. This surgery is a simple and easy procedure. A small incision is made to reveal the top of the implant. Once the top of the implants are visible, a healing cap is placed on them, this helps the gum tissue through the healing process. After about two weeks the healing caps will be replaced with abutments and impressions will be taken to create the dentures.
After about five to seven months, a metal bar is placed on the abutments. Then, the dentures will be placed in and examined for a proper fit. After the lineup is fixed correctly and examined several times the teeth are placed into the framework permanently. At this time, the ball or bar attachment will be secured.
The Follow Up
After everything is complete it is important to take proper care of your new teeth. This means eating the correct foods, cleaning properly, and coming to the dentist for routine checkups.
- Remove dentures at night
- Remove to clean daily
- Carefully clean dentures and attachments
- Dental checkups
- You will need to schedule regular appointments for the dentist to check the stability of your dentures
- The clip on the bar-retained denture will need to be changed every six to twelve months.
- Foods to avoid
- Coffee and tea
- Sticky foods
With implant-supported dentures, your dentures will be more stable and secure to help you enjoy the things you love. Your new dentures will make eating and speaking natural and easy.
We encourage you to make an appointment with
Dr. Brown at Carolina’s Dental Choice today
by calling 704-289-9519.
Dr. Brown and his team of highly qualified professionals
will be happy to speak with you about any of your dental concerns.
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