ARCHPOINT Implant Dentures
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
Implant supported dentures are a type of dental restoration that is supported by and anchored to dental implants. A dental implant is surgically placed into your jawbone and consists of a small titanium screw and an abutment (support structure). The abutment is attached to a crown or in the case of implant supported dentures, an entire arch of prosthetic teeth.
Implant supported dentures are used for a person who does not have any remaining teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Your jaw must have a sufficient amount of bone to receive implants. Sometimes a bone graft or sinus lift may be necessary.
There are two types of implant supported dentures. The first type is non-removable and utilizes full arch bridges. These bridges typically require four to six implants. The industry leading standard is known as “All-On-4® Treatment Concept” and only requires four implants placed at precise angles. The second type is known as a fixed overdenture. These typically require the installation of a specialized bar which connects the denture to the abutments.
What is the Implant Process?
Before you can receive implants, you will need to come in for a consultation visit. To ensure you are eligible, we will take i-CAT scans, photographs, and perform an oral exam. With this information, we will create models and predetermine the precise location of each implant. We will send the models to the dental laboratory, where a temporary denture will be made. The timeframe of the process varies from patient to patient. You may need multiple surgeries if a bone graft or sinus lift is necessary
On the day of the implant procedure, you will need to be fully sedated to minimize pain and discomfort. Any remaining teeth will be removed, and a small incision will be made for each implant. Once the implants are placed, the incisions will be closed, and in many cases, you will be given your temporary denture.
It will take some time for your implants to properly heal and fuse to the bone. Once they have, we can schedule a second surgery to expose the screws and eventually place your abutments (and bar if you chose an overdenture). An impression will be taken and used to fabricate your final restoration. Once this is complete, you can be fitted with your new teeth!
Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures
An implant supported denture is more stable than a traditional one. If you choose to receive a full arch bridge, you can treat them like you would your natural teeth, brushing and flossing twice daily. Traditional dentures rest on the gum, preventing you from eating certain foods. With fixed dentures, this is not a problem. Fixed overdentures need to be taken out to be cleaned, and you may find that certain foods should be avoided. However, implant supported dentures offer you stability and longevity that is unmatched by tradition dentures.
Contact Us Today About Implant Supported Dentures
If you have any questions, or you would like to schedule a consultation visit, contact us today at (844) 281-6446.