You may not be familiar with implant supported dentures. If this restorative treatment is new to you, and you have missing teeth, you should find out more about what they are. These dentures can restore your smile and help you to once again eat and speak normally. Do not let the process make you nervous. Though it does take some time and is invasive, the results can help you feel good about the way you look.
An understanding of implant supported dentures and their purpose
Dentures are a common treatment for missing teeth. Combining dentures and dental implants can be an even more effective way to transform a person’s smile and restore the function of their mouth. These consist of metal teeth covered in plastic attached to a gum-colored acrylic base. The base and artificial teeth snap into four dental implants. The implants are secured deep into the jawbone, providing a strong base. The dentures are natural-looking and can last for 20 years or more.
Consulting with the dentist
A cosmetic dentistry office has staff with the knowledge and training to do an implant supported dentures treatment. Patients who are interested in pursuing this option should make an appointment with the dentist. At this meeting, the dentist will go over the procedure and talk about the benefits and challenges the dentures provide. During this appointment, the dentist may take X-rays and make impressions of the mouth. Some dentists may schedule a separate visit for this.
Placing the implants
At a subsequent appointment, the dentist will numb the patient and make an incision in the gums. The dentist will insert four titanium posts into the jawbone. These will serve as the anchors for the implant supported dentures. At this same time, at an off-site lab, a technician may start fabricating the denture base.
Placing the abutment
After healing for a few months and allowing the posts to fuse to the bone, the patient comes back to the dentist’s office. The next step is to attach the abutments to the posts. To do this, the dentist must once again cut into the gums. This will expose the tops of the posts and require a few more months of healing for the patient.
The denture fitting
At the next appointment, the dentist will snap the denture base into the abutments. The dentist will ensure that the apparatus fits properly and comfortably. There will also be time for the dentist to make any adjustments necessary to the implant supported dentures. The dentist will also go over ways that the patient can care for the dentures.
A long process with satisfying effects
If you get implant supported dentures, you will find that your efforts are well worth it. These dentures provide you with a new smile that you can show off proudly. You will also be able to eat most foods and have a strong bite force. Because these dentures last so long, you might never have to worry about replacing them. Feel good about your mouth again, and start your treatment today.
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