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Dental Implants Supported Dentures
If you are missing all of your teeth either on the upper or on the lower jaw you may be a great candidate for what is called dental implant dentures. There are two major reasons to consider dental implant dentures. First, dental implants used in this type of dentures provide tremendous support and fixation of the teeth. This denture fixation method guarantees that your dentures will never slip and thus prevent embarrassing situations. You will be able to comfortably speak, chew and smile and will not require continuous adjustment as it is the case with traditional dentures.
Second, dental implants will also maintain the shape of your mouth. A gap in your teeth causes atrophy to the muscles of the cheek and the bones underneath the gum line. Given enough time, the face will droop and look prematurely aged, and the bone structure of the jaw will begin to deteriorate. Long term wearers of traditional dentures run the risk of losing significant amounts of jawbone height and density, in both the upper and lower jaws. Implant supported dentures offer the healthful benefit of bone stimulation which is critical for maintain healthy jaw bone.
Moreover, if you choose to use our doctors and services, you will be able to save 50 percent over dental implant dentures created in the U.S.
What are dental implant dentures?
Implant supported dentures are prosthetic devices attached to dental implants and constructed to replace missing teeth. The dental implant denture looks like a traditional denture. However, the denture has various attachments connecting to the dental implant abutment (extension) that extends above the gum. This arrangement helps keep a denture securely in place.
How long will dental implant dentures last?
With proper maintenance, dental implant dentures may last you a lifetime. Studies show that implant supported dentures can last over 20 years. Nevertheless, many factors, including oral hygiene, general health, habits such as smoking, grinding will affected the life expectancy of dental implants. Finally, the connecting structures and locking mechanisms of your dentures should be inspected by your local dentist at the time of your annual checkup and may need to be replaced after five years.
What are the steps in dental implant procedure?
STEP 1 – Placement of Dental Implants
The first step in manufacturing dental implant dentures is placement of dental implants. Prior to placing dental implants, your dental surgeon will create diagnostic dentures. They will be given to you to confirm whether you like the shape, color, arrangement and the looks of your dentures. In addition, the diagnostic dentures are initially used for deciding on placement of implants and later for making prosthesis. For additional information about the dental implant process click here to be redirected to the page explaining dental implants.
For most upper jaw implant retained dentures our dental surgeons would typically require a minimum of four implants, while for the lower jaw implant retained dentures our doctors would place at least two implants. The number of required implants will be decided based on the condition of your bones and bone density.
STEP 2 – Making the Dental Implant Dentures
After your surgeon placed the implants, and while jawbone surrounding the implant grows into the implant surfaces, your doctor’s office will work on fabricating a precision superstructure. Once the process is complete, this structure will connect your implants with the interlocking mechanism, or clips, of the dentures. The most commonly used structures are O-ring attachments, bar attachments or locator attachments. The attachment/superstructure configuration enables the dentures to be securely held in place while eating and speaking, and still allows for comfortable and easy removal of the prosthesis for cleaning purposes.
It will take three to six months for your dental implants to integrate or fuse with the bone and for the gums to heal. While you are healing, you will need provisional dentures. If you already wear dentures, you may be able to adjust your existing dentures. They may have to be reshaped to avoid unnecessary pressure on the surgical areas.
Three to six months after placement of your dental implants, you will need to visit with your dentist again. During this visit your dentist will make final adjustments to your dentures and connecting structures. Once finished, you will be able to leave the dentist's office with your new, safely secured, dental implant mounted dentures.
Dental Implant Dentures Maintenance
As you may expect, proper oral hygiene is essential to help prevent the development of disease around dental implant dentures that could cause their failure. Dentures, implants, superstructure, and attachments must be periodically checked and professionally maintained by your local dentist during your annual checkup. Attachments will need periodic adjustment and/or replacement due to wear.
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