A dental implant “over-denture” connects to cylinder shaped implants that have been surgically implanted into the jawbone.
The dental implant denture appears like a traditional prosthesis. However, the part of the denture overlying the dental implants is modified to retain various semi-rigid attachments that receive dental implant extensions projecting above the gum. This arrangement helps keep a denture securely in place while eating, speaking, and during other oral activities, but still allows easy self-removal of the denture for cleaning purposes.
Complete Dentures vs. Partial Dentures?
If you still have some healthy natural teeth remaining, then partial dentures may be an effective solution. However, if all of your teeth are missing or cannot be saved with dental treatments, complete dentures are often highly recommended. Complete dentures will usually be put in place approximately 8-12 weeks after your teeth have been removed and your gum tissue has healed. Partial dentures are a temporary bridge that is made of replacement teeth and gum colored plastic, as well as a metal framework. You can also receive a permanent partial denture that is cemented into your mouth and attached to surrounding teeth via crowns. The entire denture process takes anywhere between 3 weeks to 2 months to be completed, and will generally require several visits to your dentist for impression creations, measurements, and evaluations.
What are the benefits of dentures?
Dentures can give you the brilliant white smile that you’ve been waiting for, and are a great cosmetic dentistry solution for those who are missing numerous teeth. They also improve you ability to chew, in that they close any gaps that may be preventing you from having a productive bite. In addition, they enable you to improve your pronunciation and allow for you to have better speech patterns. Overall, dentures can improve your self esteem as well, and is known to enhance your facial appearance and structure. Dentures are often fully or partially covered by your dental insurance provider. However, it’s best to contact your insurance company beforehand to verify the specifics of your particular insurance policy.
What kind of denture maintenance will be required?
You must ensure that you carry out proper maintenance of your dentures, given that plaque and tartar can still build up on dentures. There are a myriad of denture cleaners on the market today that can efficiently clean your dentures and provide you with optimal dental hygiene. You may also want to consider using denture adhesives, which can improve retention and stability, as well as enhance your bite force. Should you find that you are using dentures adhesives to affix ill fitting dentures or if you have not had your dentures evaluated in quite some time, then it is suggested that you consult with your dentist to have your dentures adjusted or replaced.
To learn more about how dentures can give you the bright smile that you’ve been hoping for please call or email us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Kososki of Plano. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be able to help you with all of your dentistry and cosmetic dentistry needs.