Dentures secured by implants are permanent dentures held in place with permanent metal screws or posts. The metal posts are also called tooth implants or dental implants. Permanent dental implants can be used in many different ways. In this post, we describe one application for tooth implants; the sturdy base for securing a denture to either the upper or lower arch.
How are the posts inserted?
The implants are first surgically implanted into the jaw bone.
The patient is then given time to heal with the posts in place. In the months after implantation, the post meshes with the jaw bone in a process called osseointegration.
Once healed, the implant recipient returns for a final fitment of his/her new permanent dentures.
Who is an appropriate candidate for dentures secured by implants?
When thinking about whether to get implant secured dentures, standard dentures, or some other restoration option, the quantity of teeth missing will be a determining factor. If you have experienced extensive tooth loss but still have good bone then you may be an appropriate candidate.
For people with one or two missing teeth, an implant for each missing tooth may be a better option. Each post would have an abutment (connecting piece) and crown affixed.
People with three or four adjacent missing teeth may consider two implants bonded to a dental bridge. This configuration is similar to dentures secured by but the bridge covers less gum tissue at the location.
If you live in , , or (where is located) call to set up a consultation.
If you have teeth missing, you are probably self-conscious. A smile is one of the first things people notice. In our society–perhaps unfairly–a healthy smile is associated with beauty, youth and success.
In addition to personal attractiveness, missing teeth negatively impact health and quality of life.
Let’s talk about it.
The Teeth Surrounding The Missing Tooth
When a gap is left by an extracted tooth, the surrounding teeth have a tendency to shift. This may cause the other teeth to become crooked. And new gaps may appear. The unopposed tooth can also move, though it generally moves outward from the bone (over-eruption). Teeth that are displaced can become more vulnerable to gum disease, decay, and TMJ pain.
Difficulty Biting and Chewing
Missing teeth can affect the way you bite a chew. Teeth work together as a unit. Properly aligned teeth come together harmoniously when you bite and chew. When you eat and have an extracted tooth or teeth, more stress is placed on the surrounding teeth. You may not be able to chew properly which can affect your digestion. You may also avoid some of your favorite foods because they are difficult to chew.
Missing teeth, especially front teeth, can bump the way you speak. It may become difficult to pronounce certain words. You may even develop a lisp. These speech dilemmas may cause you to forego social situations.
A tooth implant is a permanent anchor (post) that is inserted into the jawbone at the site of an extracted tooth. In the months after implantation, it integrates with the jawbone. One or more implants can provide a sturdy base for a crown, bridge, or denture.
Schedule a consultation today to learn more about the best tooth replacement option.
Many men and women have experienced an increase in self-confidence with dental implant treatment at in .
Nothing gives us more satisfaction than helping people dramatically improve their smile and overall morale.
We Offer The Latest Implant Options
We offer the latest teeth implants to correct dental problems and restore teeth. In addition to implants, we provide many other dental services.
We work with patients to create personalized treatment plans. We can tailor a treatment plan to fit your budget.
How Do Missing Teeth Affect Your Life?
Missing teeth can impair your ability to speak and eat. Extensive tooth loss can make it challenging to eat a healthy diet. Dental implants can relieve pain, correct bite issues, and improve function.
While dentures are preferable to a completely toothless mouth, they can cause almost as many oral problems as they solve. Many denture wearers limit social activity because they are afraid their dentures will move around in their mouth. Dentures can also irritate gums and lead to painful sores. And they can make it hard to taste food. That’s no way to live!
Let us explain why tooth implants are superior to conventional dentures in every way.
Does it convey your inner confidence? Are you proud of it? When someone whips out their phone to take a picture, do you flash a wide smile showing your teeth?
There could be a number of issues that could impact your smile, such as tooth decay, gingivitis (gum disease), or just the overall wear. Another common issue that detracts from a beautiful smile is missing teeth.
Are you searching for solutions?
If you are suffering with any of these issues, consider possible solutions. There is a cosmetic dental remedy for virtually any dental issue–both asthetic and structural.
We have the ideal solution for missing teeth
The dental implant procedure could be one of your options if you have missing teeth. A tooth implant is a permanent solution for a missing tooth that provides cosmetic benefits. A dental implant is unique in the fact that it replaces both the root and crown of the tooth.
If you want to learn more, we invite you to schedule a consultion. Let explain why dental implants are superior in every way to traditional dentures and bridges.
Dental implants are versatile
A permanent dental implant dentist uses dental implant procedures in a variety of configurations. If you only have one missing tooth, you can get one implant with a beautiful, natural looking crown. If you are missing several adjacent teeth, you could get two implants to anchor a dental bridge. If you are missing most of your teeth on one arch, you may be a suitable candidate for an implant-stabilized fixed denture.
Some patients are missing all of their teeth. If this is your situation, let’s discuss a complete mouth reconstruction. The tooth implant procedure can literally give you back your entire smile.
How long does the procedure take?
Depending on the condition of your mouth and jaw, you may be able to get your dental implant and crown the same day. This would make it a one day event.
Many people, however, need a longer timeline so the posts can mesh with your jawbone. If this is the case for you, it should not discourage you. This ensures that your dental implant procedure will be successful.
If healing is required, you can wear a temporary crown or denture until your dental implants have healed enough to support your final restoration.
If you fix the problems with your smile, how will your life be better?
Consider how an attractive smile will change your life from the first day. You will notice a compelling difference from when you walk into our office to the final result.
Even if the process takes a few months, the result is worth it! For many people, waking up to a beautiful smile makes them smile more often. When they smile more often, they are happier.
Consider how you will feel when:
You look in the mirror
You go out with friends or family
You take a walk in the park
You attend a wedding or other special event
You meet with clients
You take a business trip
You interact with co-workers
Think about it. Then schedule a consultation. Let’s start the process that will change your life.
In today’s post, we will discuss a tooth replacement option common in : dental bridges.
Dental bridges aren’t ideal
Dental bridges have provided a passable tooth replacement for many individuals, but they are not problem free.
Dental bridges are difficult to clean
Many people with dental bridges find it challenging to keep the small areas around the bridge clean. It’s hard to get toothbrush bristles or dental floss under the bridge. If you have limited mobility, it’s almost impossible.
Without proper cleaning, harmful bacteria has no trouble moving in and taking over. When the decay reaches the roots of the surrounding teeth, ouch! It’s not only painful, the person is at risk of losing those teeth.
A dental implant is superior to a dental bridge
That is one reason why a dental implant is superior to a dental bridge. Most people with missing teeth are great candidates for dental implants.
A dental implant looks just like the beautiful tooth restoration on a high-quality dental bridge, but the vital part is what you don’t see.
A dental implant is screwed directly into the jaw bone. It is not attached to teeth like the dental bridges traditionally used in .
A tooth implant is a more conservative replacement
In a way, a tooth implant is a more conservative tooth replacement because it leaves the adjacent teeth intact. The bone and gum tissue mesh permanently with the titanium post that serves as the replacement tooth root.
Dental implants do not have the same risk of decay as the teeth that anchor dental bridges. Of course, men and women with dental implants need to brush and floss, but cleaning a dental implant is usually no more difficult than cleaning a normal tooth.
Dental implants have a better track record in than dental bridges. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime for smile-smart dental patients.
At , tooth implants can replace one or more teeth providing stability, beauty, and natural function.
If you have a missing tooth, don’t settle for a dental bridge. Your smile deserves the best tooth replacement option.
If you’ve visited our blog before, you have read about the advantages of dental implant procedures. That’s because they are an amazing replacement for missing teeth and have been used successfully in the area for over 30 years. At , close to 98% of our implant placements are successful. But like any medical or dental procedure, there are risks. In today’s post, we will review possible complications of a dental implant.
Any surgical procedure poses an infection risk. That’s why we often prescribe an antibiotic before implant surgery.
How to protect against infection:
Beginning the second day post-surgery, an implant patient should rinse with a salt water solution. This helps prevent infection while the implant site is healing. The patient should continue normal daily dental hygiene and start brushing and flossing the implant as soon their dentist recommends. If an infection develops weeks after the surgery, another course of antibiotics usually takes care of it.
A patient is more likely to experience slow healing if they have another medical condition. Possible conditions include severe gum disease, diabetes, cancer, alcoholism, or poor circulation due to smoking. takes preexisting conditions into account when advising potential implant recipients.
Upper implants are placed very close to the floor of the sinus. Because of the physical proximity, an implant can puncture the floor of the sinus cavity. This is so rare, most implant dentists have never had a tooth implant patient experience it. One such case was documented by the International Journal of Implant Dentistry. An implant recipient experienced obstructed nasal airflow. It was discovered that the implant had broken through the nasal floor. The implant recipient underwent surgery to repair it. The surgery was successful and the patient was able to retain the implant.
If an implant fails to fuse with the surrounding bone, it is usually due to insufficient blood supply. Teeth grinding, smoking, and the medical conditions discussed previously can impair blood circulation.
Nerve damage takes place in a very small percentage of implant procedures. Patients may have pain, tingling or numbness at the implant site.
Let’s discuss your concerns
Are you considering but worry about the risks? We invite you to set up a consultation to discuss your concerns.
Dental techniques and materials have advanced to a point where total and near-total mouth reconstruction is possible right here in the area.
Tooth Roots Permanently Anchored
Unlike traditional removable dentures, total mouth reconstruction requires strong, functional, and aesthetically pleasing teeth with roots permanently anchored into the jaw bone.
You have probably heard about dental implants; the tooth replacement option that is, in most cases, the ideal replacement for a missing tooth.
Versatile Dental Implants
Dental implants have been used for many years to replace one or two missing teeth. However, they can also provide a framework for crowns, bridges, and anchored dentures that replace nearly every tooth in the mouth!
What Are The Differences Between Fixed and Removable?
Fixed implant-retained dentures (sometimes called screw-in) require more implants than the removable type. They can restore 100% chewing function.
Removable implant dentures (sometimes called snap-in) may require just 4 implants to stabilize the upper arch and just 2 for the lower denture. Removable implant-stabilized dentures can restore up to 90% of chewing ability.
Case Study of Full Mouth Recontruction
Every smile redesign patient requires a unique combination of cosmetic dental procedures, but let’s talk about a hypothetical case involving several restorations:
‘Laura’ was a 52-year-old woman with a mouthful of problems. She was missing most of her back teeth on both her upper and lower arch. Four of her existing teeth were chipped and her gums had regressed revealing the metal bases of two old crowns.
To restore a beautiful, strong, and youthful-looking smile, she received tooth implants to anchor partial dentures for her upper and lower back teeth. After soft tissue grafts, her front teeth would receive a combination of porcelain crowns and veneers.
The result? A dazzling smile.
Laura is now proud to show off her smile. She can eat whatever she wants. She no longer feels self-conscious at social events.
If you believe your smile can’t be restored, let’s talk.
Tooth implants are the prime tooth replacement available to individuals who are missing teeth.
Are you too old for an implant?
Age is rarely a factor. Dental implants have proven to be successful for men and women of all ages. They have a succesful track record of several decades.
A tooth implant is a metal (usually titanium) post anchored into the bone to replace the missing root. The crown and supporting structure are securely and permanently attached to the post.
Titanium is Strong and Biocompatible
Titanium is amazingly sturdy and extremely well tolerated by the human body. There are very few instances of rejection.
An Implant Can Last The Rest of Your Life
Tooth implants offer a long-term solution to tooth loss.
Are you a good candidate for tooth implant surgery?
Because the metal rod is inserted into the jaw bone, it is critical that you have enough healthy bone at the implant site. can determine if you do.
Talk to an Implant Dentist About Medical Issues
There are a few health concerns that may impact your eligibility for implants. These include diabetes, osteoporosis, radiation therapy for cancer, parathyroid disorders, bone disorders and leukemia. The presence of one or more of these does not necessarily mean an implant cannot work for you.
The bone surrounding the teeth is called alveolar bone. It’s main job is to support the teeth and provide a tough foundation for tooth roots. Normal mouth function maintains bone health. As you chew, it stimulates bone cells to continually produce new bone.
What can cause alveolar bone loss?
When a tooth is taken out, the bone at the extraction site is no longer necessary.
It’s not just that the root is gone, the forces of chewing no longer stimulate the bone at that site. First, the bone gets narrower. Then it gets shorter.
Studies have shown that a significant amount of alveolar bone loss can take place within six weeks after an extraction.
Gingivitis is not just a problem with the soft tissues. The infection caused by gingivitis (gum disease) can destroy alveolar bone. Advanced periodontal disease can result in the loss of teeth. The rate of bone loss caused by the periodontal disease may be accelerated when the tooth roots are gone.
What if I can’t get an implant immediately after a tooth extraction?
If you plan to get a permanent tooth implant after having a tooth extracted, it’s best to do it as soon as your implant dentist recommends. Bone decreases quickly.
Some implant dentists use socket preservation grafts. With this treatment, your dentist fills the extraction socket with bone grafting material. The grafting material should start integrating with the surrounding bone. This won’t halt all bone loss, but it may slow it down.
Dentures don’t preserve alveolar bone
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25% of adults over 65 have no original teeth. Many individuals with missing teeth or no teeth at all choose dentures. This is understandable. It’s challenging to eat and speak with no teeth in the mouth. And nobody wants a toothless mouth.
It’s vital to understand, however, that dentures don’t replace the roots of the missing teeth and they don’t preserve alveolar bone. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that helps preserve jawbone structure.
At , we restore smiles for patients with severe tooth loss.
What is total mouth reconstruction?
Modern restorative dentistry makes total mouth reconstruction a reality! Total mouth reconstruction restores all the teeth with dental implants and/or implant-anchored dentures.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are strong, functional, and naturally-looking restorations
Dental implants replace the tooth root with a titanium post permanently anchored into the jaw bone
Dental implants can be used to provide a foundation for bridges and anchored dentures
What are implant-anchored dentures?
Dental implants create a sturdy foundation for either a permanent or removable overdenture (dental applicance).
Total mouth reconstruction: a case study
“David” was a 54-year-old patient with extreme tooth loss. This was the result of a lifetime dental dilemmas.
A lifetime of dental problems
David was injured in an automobile crash in his early twenties. Several teeth were damaged and had to be removed.
He got a dental bridge to fill the gap. It was difficult to clean under the bridge. The adjacent teeth eventually decayed and also had to be extracted.
Dentures weren’t ideal
This left David with few teeth left. These teeth developed severe decay.
He was in so much pain, he decided to have the remaining teeth taken out so he could wear dentures.
His dentures never fit well and created painful sores on his gums.
He visited for a consultation
Finally, he decided to look into a better tooth replacement. He visited us at for a dental implant consultation.
He explained the problems with his dentures:
His dentures masked the taste of food
He avoided social events because they slipped around in his mouth
They caused painful mouth sores
created a treatment plan for total mouth restoration with dental implants.
The treatment consisted of eight dental implant procedures. Four implants were placed on each arch, upper and lower.
Implant dentists use 3D digital imaging to determine where to place the implants. They have to account for bone, nerves and–in the upper arch–the sinuses.
Two custom removable overdentures were created, one for the upper and one for the lower arch.
Step 1: Placing the implants
David had the implant posts placed in February of 2019. The procedure only took a few hours. He felt minimal discomfort when the implants were screwed in. The gums are sewn in place over the implants so they are not exposed during the healing period.
In many cases (including this one), the implant dentist recommends an interim period for the osseointegration (fusing) to occur.
During this period, David wore temporary dentures specially designed not to place pressure at the implant sites.
Step 2: Creating custom dentures
used 3D digital imaging to design two removable appliances (overdentures) to attach to the implants.
Step 3: Exposing the implants and placing the attachments
In August of 2019, attached the abutments (connecting pieces) to the posts. Two custom dentures had been fabricated previously. Each appliance had corresponding hardware to securely attach to the implants.
David wears the dentures during the day. He takes them out at night and cleans them.
Step 4: He got his youthful smile back!
David couldn’t believe how beautiful his smile looked when it was finished. He was amazed at how the implant-anchored dentures worked just like natural teeth.
He said “I have my twenty-year-old smile again.”
David received a beautiful new smile and renewed confidence.
This case is representative of many of our patients who have numerous missing teeth.
Whether you are missing two teeth or twenty, give us a call to talk about total mouth restoration.