Dentures have been around for centuries and are probably the most well-known way to replace missing teeth so that you can eat and speak normally again. At Green Hills Dental Center, we can give your dentures an upgrade by supporting them with dental implants; these restorations take the place of natural tooth roots and give you a stronger, more stable smile. If you’re missing all your teeth in Green Hills, contact us for an appointment today.
Traditional dentures sit on top of the gums and use natural suction (or an adhesive) to stay in place. Because they don’t interface with the jawbone at all, they can’t prevent the bone loss that normally happens after you lose your teeth; as a result, your gum line will start to change, and eventually your dentures won’t fit properly anymore.
Virtually anyone missing a full arch of teeth can get traditional dentures, but if you want them to be secured by implants, we’ll need to examine the state of your oral health first. If your jawbone doesn’t have the density needed to support the implant posts, we’ll likely need to use bone grafts to replace the missing mass before moving forward with the surgery. Also, your gums need to be healthy so that your implants don’t fail. If you have gum disease or another oral health issue, it needs to be treated before you get your new teeth.
First, the implant posts need to be surgically placed in your jaw. A small incision is made in the gums so that the posts can be inserted into the bone. You’ll typically need four to eight implants to support your dentures. After allowing three to six months to let the implants fuse with the bone, we’ll put abutments on top of them, then take impressions of your mouth so that your dentures can be made. Once they’re complete, a metal bar is placed on the abutments, and your new smile is permanently secured in place.