If you have chosen implant-supported dentures to restore your smile, a thorough understanding of the steps involved can help you know what to expect during the dental implant procedure from start to finish. It’s also helpful to know the differences between implant supported dentures and single implants or traditional dentures.
Single Dental Implants vs. Implant Supported Dentures
Individual dental implants consist of a titanium post that is then covered by an abutment to which a natural looking tooth replica is attached. Single dental implants are usually used only when a single tooth or a couple of teeth are missing. In contrast, implant supported dentures are created with an entire arch of replica teeth mounted securely on just four to six implants, for better stability and firmer anchoring to the bone of the jaw. Although both dental implant procedures use titanium implants, replacing only a single tooth or two can be costlier in the long run. Since even a single missing tooth can cause damages to the jaw, impact the other healthy teeth, and require additional implants in the future.
Implant Supported Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures
The difference between regular dentures and implants supported dentures is that implant supported dentures are more permanent, don’t have to be removed and reapplied with adhesives daily, and will never slide around in your mouth, causing embarrassing moments. Traditional dentures have a plate that fits behind your bottom teeth or against the roof of your mouth, and an adhesive is used to try to hold them in place. While implant supported dentures use 4-6 titanium posts that mount the permanent dentures, producing a natural looking smile.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Because each person’s mouth and teeth are unique, they require an expert dental professional. The procedure for dental implants starts with an initial consultation. A specialist will look at your existing teeth, gum health, and bone in your jaw to evaluate the best placement for your dental implants.
Step One: Implantation
After identifying the strongest parts of your jawbone, four to six dental titanium implants will be carefully and gently placed into the bone of your jaw during the dental implant procedure . The titanium is biocompatible, so the bone will grow into and around the dental implants threads, forming a strong, solid bond, just like the root of a natural tooth.
Step Two: Abutments
In order to be able to place a “crown” on the dental implant, during the dental implant procedure an “abutment” is connected to the dental implant acting as a mediator between the dental implant and the crown or denture. This stage is usually done once the dental implant is secure in the bone. This allows the new teeth to be permanently fastened to the implants. Your gums will close up around the tops of the posts and cover the abutment, so all anyone will see is your brilliant new smile.
Step Three: Restorations
For dental implant supported dentures, a set of replacement teeth will have been crafted to fit perfectly into your mouth. These replacement teeth are designed to give you an excellent bite and normal chewing surfaces, so you can eat, talk, and smile with ease. The arches of teeth will be placed in the upper and lower jaws and fixed permanently to the abutments on top of the posts. Your smile is now restored, and it will only take a short while for your mouth to heal completely.
Implant Supported Denture Maintenance
You will need to care for your new teeth as carefully as you did for your natural teeth, and pay special attention to gum health. Make and keep regular appointments for follow up care and cleanings. With proper maintenance, your implant supported dentures will last for decades. If you’re ready to meet with a specialist or still have some questions regarding the procedure, don’t hesitate to reach out to New Smile Dentals experts. Our representatives can answer your questions, explain the process, and set you up with a free dental expert consultation.
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