Placerville Implant Supported Dentures
When a patient loses all–or most of–their teeth, Placerville Dentistry offers a number of options to help. Some choose conventional dentures that rest on the gums. These rely on suction and glue (older patients may remember the Bruce Williams radio commercials from the 80s) to stay in place.
Others prefer the idea of implant supported dentures–or overdentures.
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What are Implant Supported Dentures
Implants provide a foundation for dentures that attach in the same fashion as implants support crowns. Implants are tiny titanium screws that fuse with surrounding bone over several months and create a strong anchor for artificial teeth. The dental office will use multiple implants to secure partial or full sets of replacement teeth for patients who have lost every tooth.
For those patients who have lost most of their teeth, implant supported dentures may be a better option. These dentures attach to implants that are placed in the jawbone at strategic locations. The dentures then snap onto these implants for a secure fit.
Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures
- Implants are stronger than natural teeth and can better withstand the forces of biting and chewing.
- Implants help to preserve facial structure since they prevent bone deterioration in the jawbone.
- Dentures that attach to implants are much more secure than traditional dentures and will not slip or move around.
- Implants are a long-lasting solution–they can last for up to 30 years or more, while natural teeth typically last only about 10-15 years.
The process for placing implant supported dentures includes 3 stages, each of which takes several months. The first stage involves preparing the jawbone for implants. We will place two or three dental implants in strategic locations within your lower or upper jaw. These implants will serve as anchors for the dentures.
The second stage is called “healing.” The implants fuse with the surrounding bone and create a stable foundation. During this time, you will be fitted with temporary dentures which will attach to your implants.
The final stage is when we replace your temporary dentures with permanent dentures which snap directly to the implants.
Each stage generally takes several months, depending on how your body heals and adapts to the implants. The entire process usually takes about a year from start to finish.
Am I Going to Feel Uncomfortable While My Body Heals
You may notice some discomfort for the first few weeks while your body adjusts to the implants. This is a normal part of the healing process and usually passes after a few days or weeks. You can take over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen for any pain, but never more than 2000 mg in 24 hours. Sucking on ice chips or a cold drink can also help to reduce any discomfort.
If you have any questions or concerns about the implant supported denture procedure in Placerville, CA, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Placerville Dentistry can be reached at (530) 317-0378.
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