Even if you do everything right to maintain quality oral hygiene, sometimes decay and infection can take hold in your mouth. Unfortunately, in some cases, tooth extraction may be the only option to support ongoing health. If this occurs, Crosby Dentistry is dedicated to helping you find suitable restorative alternatives to give you a bright and complete smile. Implant dentures offer several beneficial features that make them ideal for restorative dentistry.
What Are Implant-Support Dentures?
Implant-support dentures are a complete set of dentures containing several teeth. While they are most commonly used for a full set of top or bottom teeth, they can occasionally be used to complete a row of several missing teeth by working alongside your natural teeth. These dentures are held in place using bio-friendly titanium rods. The rods are surgically implanted into your jawbone, allowed to heal, and then used to support the artificial denture structure that will fit above the gumline. Implant-support dentures are custom made and will look and feel just like your natural teeth.
What Is the Procedure for Implant-Support Dentures?
Adding implant-support dentures is usually a multi-step process. First, Dr. Crosby will remove your affected teeth and will then implant bio-friendly titanium posts into your gum line. This process is completed while you are under sedation, and we are committed to keeping you comfortable through the procedure. The metal posts will take about six months to heal, and during this process, your bone will naturally graft onto the metal, making the supports extra strong.
Following the six-month healing process, you will return for your second appointment. During this appointment, you’ll be fitted with your new set of dentures, custom-created for you. Your dentures will be affixed to the metal posts using a specialized locking tool. While implant dentures are technically permanent, Dr. Crosby has the ability to remove them. After some minor adjustments to ensure your bite is consistent and the dentures are comfortable, you are ready to show off your brand-new smile.
How Do Implant Dentures Differ From Traditional Dentures?
Similar to traditional dentures, implant dentures are made to look and feel just like natural teeth. Patients can customize their dentures, choosing the tooth shape and color that most closely matches their natural smile. Traditional dentures and implant dentures are both made of high-quality plastics that are realistic-looking, durable, and hygienic.
With traditional dentures, patients can take the appliance in and out of the mouth. This feature can be convenient for cleaning but can also be a chore. Implant dentures, on the other hand, fit directly onto metal rods in your mouth and are locked in place by the dentist but can be removed using a specialized tool.
What Are the Benefits of Implant-Support Dentures?
Many patients opt for implant-support dentures because of several attractive benefits. Unlike traditional dentures, implant dentures are held in place with metal rods. This feature prevents the dentures from slipping and sliding in the mouth, which can lead to mouth sores and irritation.
Plus, taking care of implant dentures is just like cleaning your natural teeth, so there is no need for a specialized toothpaste or cleaning gel. Even better, implant dentures look and feel like natural teeth, and patients don’t have to go through an awkward adjustment period to get accustomed to their new smile.
How Do I Know If Implant-Support Dentures Are Right for Me?
While implant dentures are a great alternative to traditional dentures or other restorative dentistry options, they may not suit everyone. Dr. Crosby will confirm that your bone density and jaw structure is strong enough to have metal posts implanted into the bone.
Setting up a consultation with our team is the best way to confirm your bone structure and density and get you on the right path to a beautiful new smile. Don’t hesitate to contact Crosby Dentistry with any questions or to schedule your appointment.