Implant Supported Dentures Greensboro NC
Implant Supported Dentures
No matter what has caused your smile’s form and function to suffer over the years, Farless Dental will partner with you to help return you to a path of optimal oral health. Do you have large gaps in your smile from one or more missing teeth? Are you experiencing pain or discomfort from ill-fitting dentures? If you answered yes to any of these questions, take a step into our office to get a consultation today for a remarkable form of Restorative dentistry: dentures supported by dental implants.
Implant Supported Dentures in Greensboro NC
Many people unhappy with their current dentures don’t realize that there are two different types to choose from. Traditional dentures rest on top of your gums. If custom-fit perfectly, this type of denture can be an effective solution. However, many people suffer from loose or ill-fitting dentures. This can lead to difficulty chewing and speaking, along with much worse side effects like painful mouth sores. To correct these and other issues, Farless Dental offers a second kind of denture: one supported by dental implants.
Because dental implants are fused with the bones of the jaw, they create a strong structure for dental prostheses like dentures. Not only will these implant supported dentures fit perfectly, they won’t require adhesives to stay in place. Best of all, implant supported dentures stimulate the existing bone and muscles in the jaw, promoting bone retention.
Whatever the reason may be that you need implant supported dentures, Dr. Farless and Dr. Locklear are here to help answer any questions you may have about your treatment options. Throughout this life-improving treatment, you will get a step-by-step breakdown of what to expect.
How Implant Supported Dentures Work
If your smile would benefit from implant supported dentures, you will have two options for denture designs, both requiring a minimum of two implants:
- Bar-retained dentures use a small, thin metal bar that follows the jawline, attached to five implants that are embedded in your jawbone.
- Ball-retained dentures are implanted in the jawbone on the denture. The implants are ball-shaped and have male-female attachments. Both attachment types are interchangeable.
Both options are custom designed by Dr. Farless or Dr. Locklear using acrylics or porcelain to look just like your real gums and teeth. Your dental team will take great care to craft a great looking denture that will allow you to improve both the aesthetics of your smile as well as its form and function.
The Implant Process
After a thorough examination of your oral health needs, Dr. Farless or Dr. Locklear will be able to assess where to best place your dental implant. Many factors will contribute to this decision, including an assessment of areas where the loss of teeth may have led to the loss of bone mass. Dr. Farless and Dr. Locklear take great care in this decision, because it is imperative to place the denture at the most ideal spot.
Since the front of your jaw does not have many nerves or other obstructions, it is usually the perfect location to place an implant. Everyone’s experience with implant surgery is different. Depending upon several variables, you may require more appointments to complete the process.
Every implant supported denture treatment begins with a consultation with Dr. Farless or Dr. Locklear. Before you proceed, your dentist will determine which denture you may need. Your dental team will take X-rays to make an accurate depiction of your teeth and gums. Using these, a realistic model can then be created for you. Then your dentist will examine your teeth in real time via CT scan to determine the ideal spot to place and embed your implants.
Your dentist will also create a customized set of dentures to be fixed to your implants. This whole procedure may take a few visits over the span of several weeks. In the meantime, Dr. Farless or Dr. Locklear will carefully place a temporary denture on your teeth in preparation for the final denture in the coming weeks. In addition to aiding your form and function while you wait for your permanent restoration, your temporary dentures will function as a guide for your surgery, helping to ensure your new implants are in the correct position.
Your road to restored form and function with implant supported dentures includes two surgeries. Once determining where the implant will go, your dentist will create incisions along the gum line to place the implant. Stitches may be employed after implantation.
Once the initial surgery is completed, your dentist will provide you with information about what to expect in the healing process. For example, it’s important that you do not apply too much pressure to the implants. A significant period of time must be allowed for your implants to properly fuse with your jawbone. This means you will likely have to wait 3 to 4 months for the lower jaw to fully heal, and up to 5 or 6 months for the upper jaw before there can be a second surgery.
Once fusion is complete, you can proceed with the second surgery. A healing cap (or collar) is then placed on top. Once the collars are in place for up to 10 to 14 days, Dr. Farless or Dr. Locklear will adjust your temporary denture once again for another reline. This will secure the denture while you heal.
Once you are completely healed, your doctor will test to see if the denture’s framework has been fitted comfortably. Once he gives the green light, your teeth are then secured in the framework permanently. The bar on all attachments on the denture will also be secured.
With proper care, your implant supported dentures will improve your form and function for many years. Dr. Farless, Dr. Locklear and their team will provide you with all the necessary information about how to best maintain your new restoration, as well answer any questions you may have.