Implant Denture—South Dallas
If you are dealing with tooth loss, then replacement is not only necessary for the look of your smile, but also for the health of your mouth and even your whole body. Ignoring tooth loss can lead to other problems including periodontal disease, cavities in your remaining teeth, an inadequate diet and a lack of self-confidence.
Fortunately, you have several good choices for tooth replacement. One of the best is an implant denture in South Dallas, which combines the look of a complete smile with the security of dental implants.
Whether you have been a denture wearer for many years or you are about to receive them for the first time, you may be a good candidate for implant-retained dentures. Your dentist will conduct an evaluation to determine whether or not these dentures are right for you.
What are Implant-Retained Dentures?
Just from the name, you’ve probably guessed that dental implants hold these dentures in place. So what is a dental implant? It’s a small post that is surgically implanted in your jawbone to hold a tooth restoration in place. The post is made of a biocompatible metal called titanium, which is used in other operative procedures such as knee and hip replacement.
Implant-retained dentures usually require between three to six implants depending on whether a partial or full denture is needed. The implants are strategically placed along your jaw in places that take best advantage of your jaw’s bone density. Implants require healthy bone volume in order to remain securely in place. Detailed X-rays show your dentist where the implants should be positioned.
What Are the Advantages of Implant-Retained Dentures?
Besides keeping your new smile firmly in place, dental implants offer other advantages, too. For example, they help to keep your jaw strong, healthy and full looking.
A missing tooth means that there is also a missing root. A root not only keeps a tooth in place, but also helps to maintain a healthy jaw. Every time you bite and chew, blood circulation and nutrients are drawn to your jaw. Without a tooth root or a dental implant to provide stimulation, your jawbone begins to deteriorate. As a result, your facial structure might begin to change, leading to an older and more haggard appearance.
How Long Does It Take to Heal from Implant Surgery?
Healing time depends on how many dental implants you need. Typically, a few months are needed to fully heal. During this time, you will wear a temporary overdenture that will protect your gums and allow you to chew and smile as usual.
What happens beneath your gums while you’re healing? The dental implants and surrounding bone tissue fuse together to form a strong foundation for your dentures. When the dentist is certain that you’ve healed and the implants are secure, you’ll return to our office to have your implant-retained dentures attached.