Full dentures have been a reliable way of replacing complete arch is of missing teeth for many years, but this solution can be problematic and these days is slightly old-fashioned, as there is a much better and far more advanced approach. Here at D&D Periodontal Associates, we often recommend patients with full dentures think about having an implant supported denture of some description, or even getting rid of the denture completely and replacing it with a full arch of fixed teeth. These days complete tooth loss doesn’t mean you need to struggle with loose and ill-fitting replacements for the rest of your life. With dental implants you can forget about your tooth loss and can get on with the process of enjoying life.
Implant Supported Denture Procedure and Benefits
Probably the easiest way to think about dental implants is as an artificial way of replacing a tooth root. Dental implants consist of a titanium alloy post that is inserted directly into your jawbone during a small and comfortable surgical procedure. The implant post is especially created to integrate well with your jawbone and may be treated to help encourage the growth of new bone cells on and around the post. This new bone growth helps to ensure the post is firmly anchored in your jawbone, creating a strong and stable support that can be used for single implant teeth or in conjunction with multiple implants for replacing multiple teeth. We use titanium alloy as this is highly compatible with your body and is the same medical grade titanium used to make replacement hip joints and other body joints.
Who Is Not a Good Candidate for Dental Implants
The really nice thing about dental implant surgery is that most people are suitable as you only need to be in reasonable dental and general health to benefit from treatment. If you are older then there is no need to worry about this as this treatment is highly suitable for seniors and should help give you a whole new enjoyment of life once you are able to enjoy the sensation of having stable implant supported denture and can eat a much more varied diet.
What about Getting Rid of Dentures Completely?
Once the implant posts are in your jawbone and have fully integrated with the bone then special attachments will be fitted to the posts. These will fit into attachments on the fitting surface of your implant supported denture so it will firmly clip into place. Sometimes we may choose to fit a bar onto your dental implants and your denture will clip onto the bar. Whichever method you choose, you can be sure of having teeth that will not move, making eating and speaking and socializing with others a pleasure once more.
If you would prefer to get rid of your dentures completely then we can provide you with a fixed arch of teeth that will be permanently cemented or screwed onto your dental implants. You will not be able to take out your bridge for cleaning as it can only be removed by a dentist. This solution can look amazing but does often require a higher number of dental implants compared to an implant supported bridge.