Implant Supported Dentures in Monument, CO
Implant supported dentures, as the name implies, are dentures supported and held in place by implants inserted directly into the jawbone. These can be full or partial dentures for the top jaw, bottom jaw, or both. As with conventional dentures, these dentures should be removed at night before bed and placed in a cleaning solution to ensure they are kept in good condition and will last. Unlike conventional dentures, however, implant supported dentures are much more stable. They generally are much more comfortable, and more stable than conventional dentures making it easier to speak and eat tough foods. It should be noted however that overly chewy and sticky foods such as taffy or caramel should still be avoided.
If you decide that this is the best option for you, the procedure will go something like this:
First, if there are any remaining teeth in the treatment area, they will be extracted. A temporary denture will then be prepared and fitted for use during the implant and healing processes.
Second, your dentist will surgically insert the implants, typically in two separate surgical procedures. In the first procedure, your dentist will make a small incision into your gums to access your jawbone. A hole is then drilled into the bone, the implant is inserted, and the gums are stitched up around the implant. For a full denture, the implants are usually inserted in the front of your mouth, because there is generally more bone mass in the front of the jaw bone.
After the first surgery, you will need to allow your implants to heal for several months while they integrate, and the bone heals around them holding them strongly in place. During this time you should avoid putting too much pressure on your implants. Your dentist will adjust your temporary denture to minimize pressure on the implants while they heal.
Once the implants have integrated into your jawbone, your dentist will make an incision in the gums to expose the implants. Now the abutments that will attach to your permanent denture will be secured to the implants. Your dentist can now make an impression of your gums and the abutments and produce the permanent denture.
Although this series of procedures does take some time to complete, the result is dentures that are much more secure, and comfortable than conventional dentures.
At Baptist Road Dental, we are proud to offer this service with the assurance of a friendly, and professional experience. As with any dental procedure, your dentist will explain in detail the procedure, and any risks associated. Please contact us at Baptist Road Dental, in Monument Colorado to schedule your consultation. We look forward to seeing you soon!