Knowing the 'ins-and-outs' of dental implant-supported dentures may help you in making a decision as to whether they are the right choice for you. Ultimately, they are the closest option there is to reclaiming your own teeth and smile.
Patients who have undergone the transformation to dental implant-supported dentures or Permanent Teeth-In-A-Day – always say the same thing: Why didn’t I do this years ago?
How does the process work?
A permanent denture is just that – permanent.
The denture is affixed to the jawbone under your gum with dental implants which are constructed from titanium. Once the implants are installed and fully healed, a permanent denture arch is affixed to the implants in one of three ways: bar or ball retained or permanently.
The titanium in the implants helps bone regeneration, making it an ideal metal for all implant procedures. Strong and corrosion resistant, the properties in titanium are assimilated by the human body.
The teeth in the denture are fabricated from long lasting materials like dental grade porcelain, ceramic or acrylic which also give them a very natural look.
Can dental implants be rejected?
Success is deeply rooted in good preparation and that is true with all implant procedures. However, there is always unexpected factors that come into play such as a patient’s genetics or non-apparent or unrelated health problems can result in implant rejection.
During follow-up visits the dental implants are checked to be certain that they are bonding with the bone, and that the chance of rejection remains small.
What we do know about dental implants:
Dental implants, on a large scale, have been performed since the 1970’s. Since then there has been decades of improvement, not just in the procedure itself, but the technology. What was once deemed an experimental dental operation, is today a proven and routine procedure.
But just like natural teeth, dental implants can deteriorate if they don’t have a clean and healthy environment in which to exist.
The patient's role in dental implant success:
Poor hygiene can undermine implants, and that includes good gum care.
Having implant-supported dentures doesn’t mean you’ve finished with brushing. In fact, brushing your teeth, gums and tongue plus rinsing with an anti-bacterial wash will go a long way to encouraging good oral hygiene.
Just as good dental health affects other parts of a person’s body, (heart disease, to name one), general health can play a part in how long dental implants last. Good nutrition is an especially important health consideration since the mouth plays a large role in determining what we eat.
Proper preparation, regular maintenance, good health and proper nutrition all come into play when it comes to how long a dental implant will last.
A skilled dental team (dentist and implant denturist) along with a patient who is committed to good dental hygiene, can help ensure that the implants do last a lifetime.
Our goal is to provide our patients with natural looking, healthy teeth that will last for years to come.
~Menely Lainas, DD
Learn more about the freedom of dental-implant supported dentures when you download a copy of A Patient’s Guide to Dental Implants. Created by Menely Lainas, DD it contains easy to read explanations, diagrams and real case examples to help you understand what we can achieve for you.