Although the procedure for implant-supported dentures may be slightly different for each patient, cosmetic dentists often follow a similar process. By understanding the process of implant-supported dentures, you can determine whether or not they are the best course of treatment for you.
What to expect with implant-supported dentures
Most with missing teeth understand how beneficial implant-supported dentures can be, but all too many choose not to go through with the treatment out of fear that the procedure is too invasive and dangerous. The following is everything one needs to know about the implant-supported dentures process and it will help calm any anxieties about the procedure.
The first step towards a full, beautiful set of replacement teeth is an initial consultation with a cosmetic dentist. The initial consultation involves an oral examination of the patient’s mouth, checking to see if they have enough bone left in the jaw to support the implants and if gum disease exists.
After the examination, the cosmetic dentist suggests what needs to be done before the implant placement, which may include a bone grafting procedure and treatment for periodontal disease. After both the patient and cosmetic dentist agree to implant-supported dentures, a time to start the treatment can be scheduled.
Dental implant surgery
After the initial consultation, the patient may need to have the mouth prepared for surgery, particularly if they have gum disease or bone loss in the jaw. Once the mouth is fully prepared and ready for surgery, the dental implants can be placed into the jawbone, serving as the root and support of the dentures.
After the implants are placed, a process called osseointegration has to take place, which is where the implant fuses with the jaw bone. After osseointegration, a second surgery may be performed to allow for the fitting and placement of the dentures.
Once the dental implant surgery is complete, the hard part is over and no more surgery is required. After this, the mouth is ready for the placement of the dentures on the implants.
During the placement of the implants, the fabrication of the dentures should have already begun, which means that they will be customized and ready to be placed without a wait when the implant process is completed. The dentures are formed using an impression of the patient’s mouth. After the initial placement of the dentures, an adjustment may be needed to get the fit perfect for the patient, but only minor adjustments will be necessary.
After the implants have successfully fused with the jawbone and the dentures fit properly on the implants in a comfortable manner, then the implant-supported dentures process is complete. However, your cosmetic dentist is likely to recommend follow-up visits to ensure that the process went smoothly and no complications arise. She or he may also give detailed instructions about how to adjust to life with implant-supported dentures as well.
If you are interested in implant-supported dentures as your tooth replacement solution and want to learn more about how they can help you specifically, consult with us and schedule a time to come for an initial consultation.
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