|Implant Supported Dentures
Tooth loss can be a significant obstacle for many, impacting both aesthetic appeal and functional capability. For those grappling with this challenge, implant-supported dentures are an innovative and effective solution. At Jeanette Thai, DDS, we strive to restore both confidence and function with this leading-edge tooth replacement option. If you are exploring dentures or dental implants, our dentist is ready to assist.
Understanding Implant Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures differ from traditional dentures. Unlike the conventional type that rests on top of the gums, implant-supported dentures are anchored directly to the jawbone using dental implants. These implants, which are small threaded posts, act as replacements for missing teeth roots, offering a stronger foundation. This ensures enhanced stability when it comes to functions like chewing, eating, and speaking. Our dentist frequently recommends implant-supported dentures for those missing most or all of their teeth, providing a more natural feel and greater assurance during daily activities.
Varieties and Their Benefits
There are two primary types of implant-supported dentures: removable and fixed. The removable kind, as the name suggests, can be snapped onto the dental implants. This ensures they remain securely in place yet can be conveniently removed daily for cleaning.
On the other hand, fixed or hybrid dentures are permanently attached to the dental implants. They cannot be removed at home, but our dentist can detach them for maintenance as needed. With fixed dentures, there is no daily removal for cleaning; instead, they are brushed just like natural teeth, using tools like floss threaders and interproximal brushes for comprehensive hygiene.
One of the standout benefits of implant-supported dentures is their lifelike appearance and functionality. Unlike traditional dentures that might shift or wobble, implant-supported dentures remain stable. This stability, in addition to their natural look, often makes them the preferred tooth replacement option for many of our patients who once wore traditional dentures.
Procedure and Maintenance
The journey to obtaining implant-supported dentures often entails several steps. Initially, our dentist will extract decayed or damaged teeth, and in some scenarios, bone grafting might be necessary to ensure ample jawbone density. Typically, our dentist will provide a temporary denture during the recuperation period.
The next significant step involves the placement of the dental implants into the jawbone by a specialist. It generally takes between three to six months for these implants to integrate or fuse fully with the jawbone. Once healed, our dentist will take impressions of the dental arches, allowing for the precise crafting of the new dentures. The final step is the placement of the custom denture onto the implants.
Ensuring the longevity of these dentures requires diligence. Our dentist recommends daily cleaning. For removable dentures, our practice recommends soaking in a suitable denture solution overnight. However, you should brush fixed dentures using a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. Our dentist recommends regular dental visits to monitor the health of the dental implants and the surrounding oral environment.
Should you desire to explore this advanced tooth replacement option, do not hesitate to reach out. Contact Jeanette Thai, DDS today to explore the world of implant-supported dentures. Call us at (949) 837-8482 to arrange a consultation with our dentist.