Combining Dental Implants With Dentures
Implant supported dentures are an excellent way to remedy loose or painful teeth and to restore your good dental health and beautiful smile.
When Dr. Koch of Advanced Dental Care of Jasper, Texas, recommends implant supported dentures, he is recommending a functional, cosmetic dental repair choice for your loose or painful teeth, which does not require the removal of your whole tooth or teeth. Implant supported dentures only require the portion of your tooth or teeth that is decayed to be removed allowing Dr. Koch to anchor the supported dentures to your remaining natural tooth, teeth, or dental implants. Implant supported dentures provide an excellent solution to correct your loose or painful teeth and help to maintain overall good health to your mouth.
Explain How Implant Supported Dentures Function
Implant supported dentures function similar to full or partial dentures; however, unlike full or partial dentures that allow the bone structure of your jaw to recede when taken out of your mouth, Implant supported dentures retain the structure of your jaw bone and afford a more secure denture.
Explain the Implant Supported Denture Process
The first step in the implant supported denture process is for Dr. Koch to remove the unhealthy part of your tooth. In some instances, if the tooth contains a large amount of infection or decay, it may be necessary for Dr. Koch to perform a root canal. It may be also necessary to place small metal caps over your teeth to protect them during the process. These initial steps prepare your mouth for Dr. Koch or his hygienists to make an impression of your mouth, obtaining the correct modeling for your implant supported dentures. Implant supported dentures are a great way to improve your smile, and Advanced Dental Care can assist you as to the appropriate color and shape for your implant supported dentures based on your skin tone and facial structure.
Manufactured to specifications, once the implant supported dentures are ready for positioning, Dr. Koch takes the utmost care in creating a perfect, secure fit. By the use of attachments, he secures the supported dentures to your remaining tooth roots or installed dental implants, specifically contoured for a perfect, secure fit.
The interesting fact about implant supported dentures is that they fasten to your jawbone in the same manner your natural teeth do; therefore, Dr. Koch may need to modify your adjacent teeth with dental devices known as locking or connecting bars to secure that perfect fit. If your dental treatment involves the altering of adjacent teeth, Dr. Koch will discuss with you in greater detail the locking devices or connecting bars and their role in supporting your implant supported dentures.
Explain the Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures
Advanced Dental Care’s main goal is for you to achieve good, overall dental health. Implant supported dentures safeguard your dental health by providing the following benefits:
- Preventing bone loss
- Improving speech
- Improving chewing ability
- Ensuring correct jaw alignment
- Making you smile!
Explain the Adjustment Period for Implant Supported Dentures
Most dental treatments require a temporary adjustment period. Implant supported dentures are no different; however, the adjustment period varies on a patient-by-patient case. The following are a few challenges to overcome while adjusting to new implant supported dentures.
- The experiencing of a gagging reflex
- The feeling that your tongue has no room to move
- The developing of an increase in saliva
Feel good that you know your adjustment period for your new implant supported dentures is temporary and normal; however, if you experience any unwarranted discomfort, please call our office immediately. Once your adjustment time for your implant supported dentures lessens and you have adapted to the fit and use of your new implant supported dentures, your implant supported denture smile will become as natural looking as your natural teeth, and you will gladly flash that smile for all to see.