Do loose, ill-fitting dentures leave you frustrated? Is denture adhesive something that you rely on every day in order to wear your dentures? Is eating or talking too much trouble than it’s worth sometimes? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, then it’s time that you consider asking your dentist about implant-supported dentures.
Implant-supported dentures are permanent dentures that stay inside of your mouth and are anchored onto 4 or more titanium dental implants. The entire device is shaped like a “U” covering only the ridge of the jawbone…not the roof of the mouth. This frees up extra space in your mouth and makes it easier to talk, taste your food, and chew throughout the day. Stability and performance are something that doesn’t lack one bit with implant dentures, because the implant anchors are even stronger than a healthy tooth. By being anchored into place, you can enjoy almost any food you want to and never have to worry about the denture shifting out of place or rubbing sore spots in your mouth.
The first step to getting implant-supported dentures is finding out whether or not you’re a candidate for implant placement. A one-on-one consultation with the dentist can determine whether or not you have enough healthy bone height in the areas where support is necessary. If so, the implants are placed and an adequate amount of healing time is given for new bone to form around the biocompatible titanium roots. In no longer than 6 months, the implants are ready for supporting a fixed appliance, and the denture can be placed in the mouth permanently.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants
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