Cosmetic Dentistry: Implant-Supported Dentures to Restore Your Smile
If you have missing teeth, you might consider getting implant-supported dentures. These can restore your smile, offering you a more natural look. The implants can sit in the patient’s jaw and anchor the teeth in the correct location. That prevents excessive slippage. That also allows the dentist to be a more comfortable alternative to other restorations. Implant-supported dentures are more natural and feel great, as well.
The benefits of implant-supported dentures
The implants can help maintain the jaw’s structure and shape. That gives the patient more facial definition. That is one of the reasons to choose these dentures. The patient can talk to the dentist to see if this option is right for them.
How the dentures work
With traditional dentures, there is a plastic base to look like the gums. The base can anchor the false teeth into place. The frame can help hold the dentures in place. However, implant-supported dentures do not rest on the jawbone. Instead, the teeth rest on posts that go into the patient’s jawbone. The benefit is there will not be any slippage, allowing the patient to eat the desired foods.
Placing dental implants
After a patient has had a dental evaluation, it is time to place the implant-supported dentures. The dentist begins by numbing the patient to reduce any discomfort. Then the patient has an incision made in the place where the implants go. That exposes the underlying bone, letting the dentist drill into the jawbone. The dentist can place all the implants in the hole. It looks like a screw and has some threads on the surfaces.
Next, the dentist will cover the implant with a recovery cap while the patient recovers from the procedure. The dentist might also place an abutment on the area. It has threads on its ends and connects the new tooth to the screw. The dentist can then close the incision and allow the site to heal.
The patient will need to recover for a while so that the bone can integrate with the screw. The patient will have some instructions to learn about the recovery time. The dentist can then monitor the healing time until the patient has fully healed. Once the implant has fused to the patient’s jawbone, it is time for the next step.
Placing dentures over the implants
It does not require surgery to place the implants over the patient’s dentures. The dentist will attach the false teeth to the abutments. The dentures can be customized to fit the patient’s mouth well. It might be based on some impressions.
Choose implant-supported dentures today
You no longer have to go with regular dentures when your teeth begin to come out. Instead, you might consider getting implants to support some new teeth. These will not be loose, and you do not need to worry about being restricted to softer foods. You might find these are a better option so that you can smile with more self-esteem.
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