Implant Dentures

Dentures are a set of artificial teeth that are made to replace those that are missing. Traditional dentures were just placed in the mouth and rested on the gums. They were sometimes held in place with an adhesive cream. However, there is now an option of having implant dentures, also known as implant supported dentures. With implant dentures, there are additional attachments which allow the dentures to be fixed in place on the gums. Implant dentures can be fixed or removable.

Implant Dentures

Dentures are a set of artificial teeth that are made to replace those that are missing. Traditional dentures were just placed in the mouth and rested on the gums. They were sometimes held in place with an adhesive cream. However, there is now an option of having implant dentures, also known as implant supported dentures. With implant dentures, there are additional attachments which allow the dentures to be fixed in place on the gums. Implant dentures can be fixed or removable.

The advantages of wearing dentures

When we lose teeth, we also lose bone structure. The bone that supports the teeth loses its function and gets reabsorbed by the body; this changes our overall facial structure, often making a person look older. Loss of teeth makes both eating and talking difficult; traditional dentures assist in eating and talking while implant dentures help to maintain the bone structure as well.  

At All Dental, we are a team of dentists who are fully qualified in implant denture procedures. When you first come to us for a consultation, we will give you a full examination and take CT scans to determine if you are a good candidate for implant supported dentures.

What is the procedure for getting implant dentures?

At All Dental, we are a team of dentists who are fully qualified in implant denture procedures. When you first come to us for a consultation, we will give you a full examination and take CT scans to determine if you are a good candidate for implant supported dentures.

If you do qualify, we will explain the whole procedure to you before we get started and answer any questions you might have. The procedure could take several months to a year depending on your requirements.

If your CT scans show that there is not enough bone under your gums to support the implants, we will first have to do a bone grafting surgery. Once the graft takes, we will be able to proceed with introducing the implants. Similarly, if your sinuses are too close to your upper jaw, we will first perform a sinus lift before putting in the implants.

Placing the implants

The procedure will begin with a surgery to fit the implants into your jawbone. Slits will be made in the gum and the titanium implants will be screwed into the bone. The incisions will then be sutured. It will take a few months for the bone to fuse with the implants, after which we can move to the next stage.

A second surgery will cut the gum over the implant and reveal tops. A metal collar will be placed on the gum around the implants to make sure that the gum heals around the implant and not over it. It will take the gum about two weeks to conform to this new position after which the abutments can be fitted.

Permanently securing the dentures

Impressions of the jawlines and abutments will then be made so that the dentures can be prepared to fit perfectly. When the dentures are ready, you will be called in for a fitting. A metal bar will be fitted on to the abutments onto which the dentures can be fixed. The dentures will be fitted with attachments that can clip on to the metal bar.

At first, the acrylic or porcelain teeth are temporarily held in place with wax and the dentures are placed in the mouth to check the fit. If they fit well and the bite is comfortable, they will be removed and the teeth fixed permanently into place on the denture frame. The dentures will then be clipped into place in your mouth. While these dentures are much firmer than traditional dentures, they can still be removed for cleaning and while sleeping.   

Restoring your mouth to its natural function

If you have chosen to have fixed implant dentures, then the dentures are permanently screwed down to the abutments. Fixed implant dentures act more like natural teeth and can be more comfortable.

Both fixed and removable implant dentures vastly improve the facial features, your smile, the way you talk, and of course, how you eat. With implant dentures, you can eat a wide variety of foods without worrying about the dentures coming loose or shifting around. We will give you a full set of instructions on how to care for your new set of teeth and schedule follow up visits to check on how you are doing.

You can contact us at any time if you feel any pain or discomfort.

All Dental Tampa

If you are in need of implant dentures, please contact us at All Dental, Tampa for an appointment. Our team of dentists which includes Dr. Carlianette Baez Henry, Dr. Nadia O’Neal (lead dentist and owner of the practice), and Dr. Wilfredo Rodriguez are all highly experienced in implant dentistry. We use all the latest equipment at our center and the most cutting-edge technology.

Our number one priority is our patients and we do everything we can to put you at ease and address all your concerns. We strive to provide only the best care and take the trouble to ensure that each individual case gets its due attention. Call us today to get that smile you have always wanted.

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