Your missing teeth shouldn’t keep you from having a beautiful, healthy smile. Patients who need dentures often worry that their prosthetic teeth will fall out or shift around. This is where dental implants play a revolutionary role in tooth replacement. Implant-retained dentures securely attach to dental implants to eliminate movement. Garland dentist Dr. Nghi Tran offers implant dentures to reduce maintenance, avoid dietary restrictions, and provide comfortable replacement teeth.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
At your consultation, Dr. Tran will take pictures of your jawbone and teeth. These images help decide the precise position of the implants. He will assess the strength of your jawbone to determine if it’s strong enough to support the dental implants.
Before we begin your procedure, Dr. Tran will administer a local anesthetic, as well as oral sedation. He will create a small incision in your gums and place the biocompatible titanium posts into the bone. It will take four to six months for the posts to fully merge with surrounding structures.
At a follow up appointment, Dr. Tran will securely connect your custom-made dentures to the dental implants. You can expect a sturdy restoration that is indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Partial dentures replace several missing teeth and require two or more dental implants. Full dentures can replace an entire arch on the upper and/or lower jaw. Dr. Tran incorporates All-On-Four, a dental implant system that utilizes four dental implants to replace an entire row of missing teeth.
Traditional dentures require a great deal of maintenance. Along with dental adhesive, you must remove, clean, and soak your dentures each night. Implant dentures, on the other hand, snap securely to your implants so there’s no need to apply an adhesive.
It’s easy to care for your implant-retained dentures. Simply remove them each night and brush them like you would natural teeth. Brush and floss your dental implants to maintain a healthy, bacteria-free smile.
Free to Eat What You Want
Patients with traditional dentures have difficulty consuming hard-to-chew foods, such as sticky candy, steak, nuts, and raw fruits and vegetables, significantly hindering the foods they can eat. With implant dentures, there are no food restrictions since your prosthetic teeth are affixed to implants, securely bonded to your jawbone. You never have to worry about your device falling out when taking a bite of your favorite food.
Unlike traditional dentures, which shift and slide around on gums, implant dentures remain in place throughout the day. You can expect a comfortable fit with implant-retained dentures. Garland dentist Dr. Tran will create your prosthetic device from a dental impression taken at your consultation, providing a customized and proper fit.
A Healthy Smile
The space left from a missing tooth allows neighboring teeth to drift and jawbone to degenerate, negatively impacting the health and appearance of a smile. Because dental implants replace missing tooth roots, they are able to stimulate the jawbone and prevent recession from occurring. A strong and healthy bone will maintain facial structure and eliminate possible facial collapse. In addition, correcting gaps can maintain the health and strength of your teeth.
Who’s a Good Candidate?
In order to qualify for dental implants, you must have good oral health and a strong jawbone. Long-term smokers have weaker bones, which make them poor candidates for this procedure. Patients who have waited a long period of time to replace their missing teeth may also suffer from bone degeneration. However, in some cases Dr. Tran can perform a bone graft to reestablish bone integrity, making it viable for dental implants.