What are dentures secured by implants?
Dentures secured by implants are anchored dentures held in place with permanent metal screws or posts. The metal posts are also called tooth implants or dental implants. Tooth implants can be used in many different ways. At Flawless Smile Dentistry in Claremore and Broken Arrow, OK we provide expert implants and dentures, and in this post, we describe one application for tooth implants; the sturdy base for securing a denture to either the upper or lower arch.
How are the posts inserted?
- The implants are first surgically anchored into the jaw bone.
- The patient is then given time to heal with the posts in place.
- In the months after implantation, the post meshes with the jaw bone in a process called osseointegration.
- Once healed, the patient returns for a final fitment of his/her new permanent dentures.
Who is a good candidate for dentures secured by implants?
When contemplating whether to get implant secured dentures, traditional dentures, or some other restoration option, the number of teeth missing will be a determining factor. If you have experienced excessive tooth loss but still have good bone then you may be an appropriate candidate.
For patients with one or two missing teeth, an implant for each missing tooth may be a better option. Each post would have an abutment (connecting piece) and crown affixed.
People with three or four adjacent missing teeth may consider two implants bonded to a dental bridge. This configuration is similar to dentures secured by but the bridge covers less gum tissue at the location.
Dental implants are truly a modern dental miracle. They work in multiple applications to restore both the patient’s smile as well as their confidence. Clearly, implant anchored dentures shouldn’t even be called ‘dentures’ because they are so much better than traditional dentures.
Would you like to learn more about implant stabilized dentures? If so, let’s talk. If you live in Claremore, OK, or Broken Arrow, OK, call to schedule a dental implant consultation atFlawless Smile Dentistry.
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2319 North 9th Street
Broken Arrow, OK 74012