Fixed Dentures With Dental Implants
If you are missing all or most of your teeth, we here at David R. Moyer, DDS can help. We offer several full-arch restoration solutions, including fixed implant dentures, that can drastically improve your life.
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that we placed underneath the gum tissue and into the jawbone during minor surgery. If you are missing multiple teeth, then we place multiple implants. Once the implants have been deeply embedded into the jawbone, we will suture the incisions.
Over a span of six months or so, the implants and your jawbone will fuse during a process called osseointegration. The process of osseointegration is largely responsible for the many benefits of dental implants. Thanks to this process, your implant-supported restoration will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.
Traditional Dental Dentures
A denture is a removable appliance used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Most dentures consist of prosthetic teeth set in a flesh-colored acrylic base. The base fits over your gum tissue and typically requires some form of adhesive to stay in place. Unfortunately, many patients find dentures to be difficult and uncomfortable. It is not uncommon for patients to experience embarrassing slips while talking, chewing, and smiling. These activities take practice with removable dentures but do get easier with time.
Fixed Denture with Dental Implants
A fixed implant denture, as the name suggests, relies on a series of implants for support, rather than your gum tissue. The number of implants you receive depends on the type of denture. Some removable dentures can be held in place by as little as two implants, while other fixed restorations require up to eight.
In some cases, we may immediately load a temporary denture after your surgery. Once your healing period is complete, we can fabricate your final restoration. The length of the procedure and the healing period depends on your circumstance.
Fixed Implant Denture vs. Traditional Denture
A fixed implant denture solves many of the problems commonly associated with traditional dentures. The implants anchor the restoration in place, which prevents embarrassing slips, and allows you to chew, eat, and speak with confidence. You will be able to eat anything you want without worry!
A fixed implant denture also provides improved aesthetics and durability. Most implant restorations are made from porcelain or zirconia. These ceramic materials match the light reflective properties of tooth enamel, making them the next best thing to your natural teeth. Many people may not even notice you have a restoration. Under the right care and maintenance, your fixed implant denture could last for many decades. In some cases, a fixed implant denture can last a lifetime.
Dental implants also provide physical stimulation to the jawbone that prevents any further deterioration. Dentures do not. Over time, many patients with dentures need to have them replaced, repaired, or relined due to bone deterioration.
Schedule Your Implant Consultation Today
If you would like to learn more about fixed implant dentures, call 480.935.6295, and schedule a consultation appointment now!
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