Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. But for some people, decay, disease or trauma may cause them to lose their teeth. In some cases, patients have lost all their teeth, on the top and/or bottom. This can cause many issues especially to your oral health and appearance. The good news is that you have a few options when faced with missing all your teeth. What you choose to replace them with is also a very important decision. Tryon Family Dentistry is a dentist office in Cary, NC that specializes in implant dentistry. We recommend dental implant-supported dentures in this case mentioned above. They offer the most benefits for your overall health, oral health and smile’s appearance.
What are Implant Dentures?
Traditional full dentures rely on adhesives to stay in place. They must be removed every day for maintenance and to give your gums a break. Dental implant supported dentures, on the other hand, are attached to surgically placed dental implants. As few as four implant posts can be placed to anchor the denture for a permanent restoration. Those posts will fuse with the surrounding bone essentially replacing the teeth roots creating a durable foundation. Your dentist in Cary, NC will determine if you are the right candidate for this restorative procedure after an initial consultation.
The Benefits of Denture Implants
The benefit to this teeth replacement option is the denture will not rest on your gums. With traditional false teeth, the restoration would rub against the gums creating sores. Implant dentures utilize the strength of the bone allowing you more biting force when you eat. This lowers your food restrictions considerably so you can eat a healthy diet. Since they are anchored to posts implanted in the bone, they are extremely durable and will not move or shift while you are eating or talking. This eliminates many potential embarrassing situations. Another benefit to them being surgically placed in the bone is that they replace the missing teeth roots which lessen your chance of bone deterioration.
All-on-4 Dental Implants
The All-on-4 technique is a great option for our patients who have already experienced some level of bone loss. What makes this method different is that is maximizes the available jawbone by placing the implants at strategic angles. In doing so, we can use less implants, generally four. This is good news for our patients who are currently wearing traditional dentures and are unhappy with them. We can place your All-on-4 implants without the need for a bone graft which will reduce the recovery and treatment time significantly.
What to Expect
Every step of the denture implant process will take place at our Cary, NC dentist office. Our trusted Cary NC dental care team will work with you every step of the way. Your dentist will first map out a strategic and very detailed treatment plan. On the day of your surgery, Dr. Leo Haydt will then strategically place your implants in your jawbone in the comforts of our dental practice.
For some patients, the denture can be attached immediately. Otherwise, it will take about 3-6 mouths for the implants to fuse with the surrounding bone. Once you have fully healed, Dr. Leo will attach the denture for a permanent restoration.