Since we rely on our teeth for such basic tasks as eating and speaking, life can be extremely challenging for those who have lost many or all of their teeth.
Fortunately, advances in dental technology have made dentures better than ever. Today’s dentures resemble real teeth—both in appearance and function. Such dentures have dramatically improved the quality of life for many.
In some cases, patients can benefit from a specialized kind of denture that has increased in popularity in recent years: implant dentures.
What Are Implant Dentures?
Since typical dentures sit directly on the gums, they may lose their fit over time as the shape of your gums or natural teeth change.
In contrast, implant-supported dentures are more secure. Your Sacramento dentist or oral surgeon will first insert titanium implants to your jawbone. Then, the dentures will be secured to the implants. This process makes the dentures more secure and comfortable for the patient.
Implant Denture Procedure
Your dentist will first review your dental and medical history and x-rays, and then he or she will conduct a comprehensive oral exam. The dentist may also schedule a computer tomography (CT) scan to map out the exact location of your nerves and sinuses.
If it’s determined that you would benefit from implant dentures, the dentist will then schedule two surgeries.
- Surgery 1: The dentist secures the implant(s) to your jawbone. You will be given three to six months, so the tissue surrounding the implants can heal. During this time, the implants and bone should fuse together. You will be given a temporary denture in the meantime.
- Surgery 2: After this initial fusion and healing process, the dentist will prepare the gums for accepting the new denture. Once this surgery is complete, the dentist will adjust the temporary denture as needed.
About two weeks later, your dentist will place small supports on each implant head, to which the new denture will attach. Then, the dentist makes an impression of your gum tissue and the supports. This impression will serve as a model, to help guide the design for your permanent denture.
What to Expect Post-Surgery
While it will take time to get used to your new dentures, you’ll find that the implants keep them safe and secure. In fact, after some weeks, you may not even notice the dentures are there—except when it comes time to remove and clean them!
Are implant dentures right for you? As the Sacramento Implant Dentures specialist, we are happy to help you make an informed decision. Contact the Marconi Dental Group today to schedule a denture implant consultation.