Despite several advancements in dentistry, complete tooth loss is a reality for 35 million Americans. If you do not have any remaining teeth, you have probably given traditional dentures a try. Although they gave you a convenient solution to replace your teeth, they do not feel natural and can often slip when trying to eat your favorite foods. Not to mention, they require frequent adjustments and replacements, which can be costly over time. Dr. John Russo can help you enjoy the next best thing to your natural teeth using the security of implant dentures in Orlando. You will invest in your quality of life using an option that can last for several decades.
Traditional dentures rely on suction or an adhesive to hold them to your gum tissue. Despite innovations to improve their fit, you will always deal with some degree of slipping and irritation. You can regain as much as 70% of your biting force by anchoring your denture to your jawbone with dental implants in Orlando. On average, between four and eight implant posts attach your denture to your jaw. This ensures greater stability and functionality.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Russo, you will discuss which type of denture suits your needs: fixed or removable.
A fixed denture is also referred to as a hybrid prosthesis. It is held in place using between 4 and 8 dental implants and cannot be removed by anyone other than a skilled dental professional. It works and looks just like regular teeth, making it easy for you to clean and maintain optimal oral health. With this type of denture, however, you must have enough jawbone density to support your prosthetics and custom restoration.
Also known as a “Snap-On denture,” this removable prosthetic is held in place using only 2-5 dental implants and a bar- or ball-retained device. This makes it possible for you to remove your teeth at night to clean before going to bed. You also do not need as much jawbone density as you do for a fixed denture.
After your initial consultation to create a customized treatment plan, you are scheduled for your implant placement surgery. Sedation or anesthesia is used to promote a comfortable experience as your gum tissue is opened to expose your jawbone. Small holes are drilled into your bone to insert each post. Special fixtures are placed on each post to connect your denture.
In some cases, you can be fitted for a temporary denture the same day of your placement surgery, so you do not need to go without your teeth. After your jawbone fuses to the posts a few months later, you are given your custom-made denture. It is carefully crafted to look natural, so no one will tell it is not your real teeth.
If you are tired of the disadvantages of traditional tooth replacement options, you may be a candidate for implant dentures. You need a comprehensive consultation with your implant dentist in Orlando, Dr. Russo, to ensure they are right for you.
Generally, if you have good oral and overall health, you are considered a qualified candidate. Besides a visual examination, Dr. Russo also uses a CT scan to assess the health of your jawbone to make sure it can support your posts. This is also necessary to pinpoint the precise location for your dental implants.
If at any point you show signs of gum disease or jawbone deterioration, it will be necessary to undergo preliminary treatments (i.e., periodontal therapy, bone grafting, sinus lift, etc.) before moving forward with dental implant surgery.
Securing your denture with dental implants allows you to enjoy several benefits you cannot achieve using traditional methods, including: