Multiple Tooth Implant
The biggest complaint about dentures is that they slip out of place while speaking or eating, which can lead to an embarrassing situation. For those patients dealing with ill-fitting dentures, you now have the option to receive an overdenture which is anchored to dental implants. Here at Dental Arts of Frederick, we are experts at this process. With the dental implants permanently screwed directly into the jawbone, this is an excellent option to stop the dentures from shifting.
Dental Implant Types
Patients will have two different types of implant-supported dentures to choose from. We will make a recommendation for the patient based upon their needs and situation.
A bar-retained denture is the first type of implant-supported denture. This utilizes a thin metal bar which is then attached to the implant which is embedded into the bone. An attachment to the denture, typically clips, are used to attach to the implant.
A ball-retained denture also known as a stud-attachment denture is the second type of implant-supported denture. Small sockets are used in place of the clips to secure the dentures to the physical implant. Obviously, the assessment needs to be done to determine which is the best solution for the individual patient.
Dental Implant Procedure
Though implant supported dentures take more than a single office visit, when the procedure is complete the results are impressive and there is no need to worry about your dentures slipping again. At the initial appointment, we will perform an evaluation and recommend which kind of implant would best suit the patient’s needs. Temporary dentures are used and put into place so the patient will not have to be without teeth while waiting for the implants to heal.
Procedure Step One
There are multiple steps when properly securing a dental implant into the jawbone. To make the patient comfortable, we typically use local anesthesia for patient comfort. Exposing the jawbone by making an incision into the gum tissue is the first step. The implant is then securely screwed into the jawbone and the incision is closed.
The Next Step
Once it is determined the implant has properly healed by fusing the to the jawbone, then the gum line will be reopened with another incision so the implant head is completely exposed. The abutment is then applied to the exposed cap and will remain in place for approximately two weeks.
The Final Placement
The permanent dentures which are manufactured to the patient’s mouth specification will be placed on the supportive structure to determine proper placement. Adjustments are made prior to securing them in places using the appropriate clips.
It is important patients follow the instructions following placement to allow the implants to fully heal without complication. The permanent dentures will feel just like their natural teeth and should be treated the same by properly brushing and flossing them at least two times a day. They provide a much better solution to tooth loss than traditional dentures.
Those patients considering artificial tooth solutions should contact us at Dental Arts of Frederick to discuss the options and find out more. Patients can give us a call at 301-732-7277 to either talk about them or schedule an appointment to come in.