Single Tooth Implant
Implant-supported dentures bring together the best of both worlds of implants and dentures. With an implant foundation, dentures can be shrunken down from their normal flat, wide form into a more natural horseshoe-like shape.
At Sunnyside Dentistry, we may recommend implant-supported dentures as a more cost-effective and convenient restoration compared to either dentures or implants. Dental implants come with implant-type sturdiness and negate the need for adhesives compared to dentures. And with their shrunken form factor, they enable easier chewing, allowing the patient to incorporate a wider variety of foods into their diets.
They’re also more convenient compared to dental implants because of their detachability. Unlike dental implants, implant-supported dentures are removable, giving the patient the option of taking off their replacement teeth as often they want to. This also makes it easier for patients to clean and maintain their replacement teeth.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures are an ideal restoration for just about anyone who’s lost a tooth or many teeth. They function almost like natural teeth with the added advantage of being removable. Unlike traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures can stimulate supporting gums and bones to promote bone and gum health.
They also provide just about every benefit obtainable from a restoration, which adequately plugs the gap left behind by a missing tooth. Implant-supported dentures can seal up enclaves that harbor bacteria and food particles, making it easier to clean your mouth thoroughly and keep a wide array of oral problems at bay. They also do an impeccable job of replicating the aesthetics of natural teeth, helping restore a youthful smile.
What to Expect from a Dental Implant Procedure
During the examination and preparation stages, our dentists will examine your teeth with technologies like x-rays, photographs, and CT scans. We’ll then create a plan for the procedure based on the findings of this examination as well as other factors such as your medical history and bone volume at the site of the missing teeth. We can do single tooth implants or multiple tooth implants, depending on your tooth loss and needs.
The timeframe for the procedure usually spans several months, depending on how long it takes for your implant to be calcified in place. There are three stages involved in each procedure. In the first stage, a surgery is performed to insert the implants into the supporting jaw. After the implants fuse with the jawbones within a few months, we perform a second surgery to prime the implants for the denture to be mounted on it. We’ll then place a healing cap (collar) on the head of each implant to enable the gums to heal properly. After the gum heals properly in a few weeks, we’ll schedule another appointment to create impressions of your gum tissues and abutments to form the replacement teeth’s framework. We’ll then place the denture teeth temporarily on the framework using wax to ensure that the setup is a perfect match for your dentition. Finally, we’ll clip the denture in place in your mouth with a bar or ball attachments.
During the recovery phase, we’ll schedule regular appointments where we’ll get to check your gums and bite and monitor the healing process carefully. We’ll also provide tips and recommendations like rinsing your dentures before brushing to wash off loose debris, cleaning the dentures and attachments with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive cleansers, and how best to store your denture.
But more importantly, at Sunnyside Dentistry, we’ll schedule regular dental appointments with our implant patients to guard against risks associated with implants such as loose teeth, misfits, denture breakages, and any other needs you may have. Call us today at (503) 451-5104 to arrange for a seamless, risk-free implant-supported denture.