Implant Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures are a middle ground between conventional dentures and full-arch dental implants.
It is a beneficial procedure for people with severe tooth loss, where the individual is left with only a few teeth in either the upper and lower jaw or one of them. Multiple tooth loss can occur due to various reasons like decay, accidents, and oral infections like periodontal disease. Implant-supported dentures help restore the denticles' normal function, as getting standard implants for every missing tooth is undesirable and not recommended in such cases. Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston has dental experts onboard who can help you understand implant placement procedure and its benefits.
Procedure for Implant-Supported Dentures
It is a lengthy procedure requiring multiple visits with a proper healing period. The process starts with the removal of one or a few leftover teeth. Once removed, the gum tissue is left to heal entirely before placing the implants.
In the next visit, our dentist will place the implants, which will act as the base of support to the dentures. Implants are titanium roots called abutments. The number of abutments to be placed depends on the requirement and anatomy of the patient's jawbone. It can range from two to four implants.
It usually takes around six weeks for osseointegration to complete and the abutments to fuse with the jawbone. This healing period varies in every individual.
The denture is built-in dental labs through guidance from 3-D images of the patient's mouth. It is then placed over the implants, and the patient undergoes a final examination for any issues.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
Since it is a restoring procedure with comparatively low risks, the individual can perform regular oral functions with ease. Dentures look, feel, and function like an individual's natural teeth. Patients can enjoy chewy foods like vegetables, steak, corn on the cob without worrying about damaging the denture.
It improves the speaking ability of the individuals as dentures are firm and do not become loose. They do not need any adhesives for their placement and are easy to clean. They also preserve the gum tissue by reducing friction and jawbone tissue by preventing bone loss.
Caring For Implant-Supported Dentures
For these removable dentures, specific care steps need to be followed for proper maintenance. Before wearing the denture, it is crucial to clean the gums, tongue, and mouth roof using a soft-bristle brush.
The denture should also be cleaned using a non-abrasive cleaner to eliminate any residues before and after every use. They should always be stored in a container of water when not in use. Avoid placing or cleaning the denture in hot water as the denture can acquire damage.
Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston can be reached out for further information on implant-supported dentures. You can also have a one-on-one consultation with our experts at Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston.