People missing all their upper and/or lower jaw teeth have a couple of distinct options. The first is to get traditional dentures, which are devices that use the natural suction of the mouth, as well as pastes, gels or creams, to stay in place. The other is to consider getting implant supported dentures, which are similar to traditional dentures, but are more stable and lifelike. They also tend to give you more peace of mind, because there is no chance of an implant supported denture falling out if it has been locked in place.
How Dentures Supported by Dental Implants Work
If you opt for implant supported dentures, you can expect to undergo a minor surgery so the dentist can place a series of dental implants in your jawbone. These dental implants are then allowed to heal for several months. During that time, you will be able to wear a traditional denture that will typically be relined so it is soft against your gums.
When the site of your dental implant posts has healed, the dentist will bring you in for a simple procedure that opens the gums and exposes the posts. This way, he can add abutments to the posts which will support your specially-crafted denture. After the abutments have stabilized, a supportive device will be added. This device allows you to snap your uniquely-crafted overdenture into place.
The whole process of getting implant supported dentures in Corpus Christi, TX, or anywhere in the U.S., takes a number of months. Once in place, you can expect your implants to last for 20 or more years as long as you take care of your mouth.
Could You Be an Implant Supported Denture Candidate?
The only way to determine if you are a candidate for implant supported dentures is to start with a consultation. During your examination, you and the dentist will determine whether you…
… have enough bone in your jaw to support implants. If not, a bone graft could be the ideal option.
… are willing to devote time to the treatment, which will take place over a number of months.
… have no other problems, such as gum disease, that need to be addressed first.
… can give the time and energy necessary to keeping your new dentures and implants clean.
Interested in hearing more? Call our offices, and we can show you the many ways that implant supported dentures have worked for other people in your situation.
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