When you think of dentures, a vivid picture probably comes to mind. You think of removable teeth that sit in a glass by the bedside table, right? These traditional removable dentures are still in use, however today many patients are opting instead for implant fixed dentures. These replacement teeth look better than natural and stay anchored in the mouth at all times. Implant fixed dentures are the secure, comfortable, and permanent alternative to awkward removable dentures.
How Do Fixed Dentures Work?
The dentist implants a small screw through the gum into the jaw bone, which acts like a replacement to the tooth root. The implant is generally made of titanium, which fuses to bone over time in a process called osseointegration. This unique combination ensures that the implants will be sturdy and durable for many years. Dentistry has advanced to the point where as few as four implants are needed to support a full arch of replacement teeth, meaning the surgical procedure can be completed quickly.
Generally, a temporary set of teeth is worn for about three months while the osseointegration process occurs. Once the titanium implants have fused with the bone, the dentist attaches a permanent set of teeth.
The permanent tooth replacement prosthesis (denture) is anchored to the implants with retaining screws. The entire arrangement is designed for comfort and durability. Once the new teeth are fixed in place, they will look and feel just like your natural teeth – or better.
Patients should still maintain a thorough dental hygiene routine, including daily brushing/flossing and regular visits to the dentist for checkups and cleanings. With proper care, implant fixed dentures can last you the rest of your life.
Who Can Benefit from Fixed Dentures?
For patients who experience tooth loss, jaw decay is often an accompanying consequence. This is because the jaw bone requires stimulation, which normally comes from teeth. Without teeth, your jaw bone and supporting structure of the mouth can deteriorate, causing facial sag. Patients who opt for removable dentures still experience this decay, because there is no tooth-like structure connected to the jaw. With implant fixed dentures, decay is not only slowed, it can actually be reversed. Fixed dentures strengthen the jawbone, restoring support to facial features like cheeks and lips.
For patients who require replacement of a full arch (not just a tooth or two), implant fixed dentures are the most cost-effective yet reliable and durable solution available. It provides a lifelike replacement to teeth that looks even better than a natural smile.
Call or visit The Teal Umbrella to learn more about how you can restore your smile thanks to implant fixed dentures.